Sonia Chapman reports …
Oasby brought the eventing season in the North (well north of London) to a close, by hosting the popular 5-year old Championships.
Eliza Stoddart continues to franc her ability as a top producer of young horses, by winning the 5-year-old championships for the second year in succession. This year on the stunning Hanoverian bred grey gelding De Pleasure, who has been ultra-consistent since starting to event in August of this year. Out of the 6 events he has competed in, he has only been out of the top 5 once and that was an 8th place at Shelford in the 5 year old class. This was a special win as it is the same syndicate of owners who own last years winner, Susie Brankin Frisby, Eliza’s grandmother Heather Sandell and her mother Georgina Stoddart.
The 5 year old championships were incredibly competitive with second and third place both finishing on 28.5, just 0.5 penalties behind the winner. Caroline Harris was thrilled to finish 2nd on Woodlands Be Individual and 6th Pepper Poldark (who lead the dressage on 26), while being quick to thank her amazingly supportive owners. Caroline was also very grateful to Dannie Morgan who she credits for transforming her dressage in this short season. The mare Woodlands Be Individual is another to be super consistent, with 4 top 3 placings out of 5 events, with only a 9th at Wellington stopping it being a full house! JP Sheffield and Quality Time finished third, due to being slightly faster cross country and consequently further from the optimum time. Quality Time is another German bred gelding. Quality Times owner Willa Newton was thrilled with the gelding and cannot wait to get on board herself next season and continue to produce this gelding.
Last years 4 year old Champion Kadans was placed 4th with Vicky Tuffs on the competitive score of 28.8. While it was not quite Kadans year to retain his title in the mind of his owners GHF Equestrian he is the best horse in the world, due to how much pleasure he is giving them.
While the 5 year championships hosted a small field than in some years, it was full of quality horses with 10 marks separating the top 22 horses!
Ludwig Svennerstal completed his UK event season with a win in the Open Intermediate on 5 star horse Balham Mist. Fingers cross Ludwig can complete his 2020 season on the Winter Tour in Portugal. Georgie Spence was thrilled with second place on her impulsive purchase Feloupe, who was produced by Australian Benjamin Leahy, it looks like Georgie has another super star in her string.
Angus Smales had a good finish to the season winning Intermediate section A on Gido G (Frankie) owned by Sally Chamberlain. With Dassett Eventings pocket Rocket Boleybawn Dassett Cruise and Amelia Walker picking up second place.
Roberto Scalisi picked up a back to back win with ex- racehorse Alamein, after winning at Dauntsey as well in Intermediate B. A horse that according to Roberto “ with a huge heart that tries his hardest”.
Young Rider Jessica Corser won the U21 Open Intermediate on Moangarriff Duke, who apparently went along for a “fun run”. Jess forgave him for trying to deposit her in the dressage warm, after he produced a sweet test and a speedy double clear for the win, by 7 marks. The U21 section was full on new names which shows that the youth teams will be in good shape going forward.
Despite running over 3 days, Oasby was completely over subscribed and sadly a large number of people were balloted. Although well done for running so many different levels and accommodating as many people as they did at BE90, BE100, Novice & intermediate not to mention the 5 year old championship.