Tinky Morris reports ….
I think all competitors at Oasby (1) would agree with saying it was great to be out of the house and taking part in three days featuring fabulous sport. With 27 sections in total ranging from BE90 to Intermediate, horses and riders at all levels were able to get started on the 2021 season.
With so many wins to digest, stand out names in the prizes include Miss Izzy Taylor, who took the win in both Intermediate (non-open) sections with Ballingowan Leia (Section B) and Carolines Air KM (Section C). Izzy also placed 2nd in Open Intermediate Section E with Happy Days.
Piggy March made it a hatrick with wins in Novice section’s T and F with Our Old Fella and I Diable Joe respectively, and Open Intermediate Section E with Dargun.
Another rider with a hatrick was Miss Willa Newton. She took two BE100 Open wins with Light the Fuse (Section I) and Quality Time (Section X). Her third red rosette was in Novice Section S with Escape Route.
The aptly named Twinkle Toes posted an impressive dressage score of 26.3 in BE90 Section M with Mrs Rochelle Wimbury. They finished on their dressage score to take victory.
JVK Mr Maguire and Miss Nina De Haas were victorious in BE100 Section H. This combination kicked their 2021 season off with a win against a star-studded line up, finishing on their dressage score of 26.5.
In BE100 Open Section L Tullibards Clover and Miss Ada Marson took the win. Within this section Miss Ivy Fisher secured 2nd and 3rd with her rides Muckrim Evan and Smokey Diamond respectively, both finishing on their sub-30 dressage scores. Ivy is surely one to watch this season.
Under 18 winners included 12 year old Zurie Dempster, winner of BE90 section P with Foran’s Sweet Clover. She said:
“This is my first time eventing my new 14.2 pony at Oasby. I have put a lot of training since December into her jumping and flat work in the lead up to start of the season and it’s paid off at Oasby. We really enjoyed the event and the ground conditions were perfect. My highlight was getting a 26 dressage score. My next steps are to keep improving and hopefully get picked for the teams.”
Another U18 winner was Ellie Healy, former European Pony gold medallist. She took victory in Section K with Class Move. She spoke to Eventing Worldwide:
“It was so great to be back out Eventing on Saturday at Oasby Horse Trials, with limited winter training due to lockdown i was probably more nervous than usual but also so excited! I had Wilson in the Be100U18 and Fred in the Be90u18. We bought both horses as 4yr olds at the end of 2019 and due to COVID they started their seasons late last year. I was so pleased with the way they both came out on Saturday, Wilson did a 29.5 dressage followed by a lovely double clear to lead from start to finish which meant I finally got my first ever BE win after trying for 7 years!! Fred was a little more excited to be back out but managed to contain his excitement for a 30 dressage and a double clear inside the time to finish 5th. I am excited to get them both back out at Norton Disney this weekend in the BE100.”
The second winner in the BE100U18 sections was Miss Annie Smith and Annaghmore Lad. She said:
“Archie’s win in the 100U18 at Oasby was all the more special because this was his first competition since Oasby 1 (2020), he was so happy to be out again! We look forward to continuing competing in U18 qualifiers and the Science Supplements Cup which I am hoping will be rescheduled, following its cancellation at Badminton. I have produced Archie from a 5 year old and am also enjoying producing my horse alongside him.”
A stunning dressage score of 21.8 meant a pole rolled in the show jumping was no matter for Shannondale Casper and Mr Stephen Heal. He said:
“Casper is a lovely 5yo owned by Jill Gibson, Heather Chapman and run by the Casper Club syndicate. I’ve backed and produced him so far, he was successful last year winning the virtual BYEH 4yo class and qualified for the nexgen final. Over the moon with him coming out and winning his first run, his aims for the year are to try and qualify for the BE, BYEH and nexgen 5yo finals. Highlight of the day has to be scoring 21.8 in the dressage, he did a beautiful test!”
Primary teacher Miss Georgie Rockingham got the season off to a flyer with a 3rd place in BE100Open Section I, finishing on their dressage score of 31. Proving that busy days in the classroom won’t stop them achieving a top-3 finish, she spoke to Eventing Worldwide:
“I love to event as my hobby in my spare time. September Song who I have backed and produced myself from a 4yr old was really excited to be back out Eventing after the dreaded COVID situation! He felt absolutely amazing – producing a rather excitable but respectable dressage of 31 and jumped a lovely confident double clean inside the time to finish 3rd. The team at BEDE did a truly wonderful job of running the event at Oasby under the covid guidelines. The courses were sympathetically designed to help those who haven’t been able to get out schooling and the ground was good too. September Song known as Sonnie will now step up to ON in the hope of doing some 2*s later on the season”.
It is fair to say that the BEDE team did a fantastic job of ensuring a fantastic return to Eventing following the easing of restrictions. Let’s hope this weekend of fun and success is only the beginning of what 2021 has to hold for UK Eventing, with a brighter summer surely ahead.
Other winners include:
Section W: Curraghgraigue Quebec – Mrs Caroline Dyer.
Section Z: Mr Harry Mutch.
Section Z1: Jackpot DHI – Miss Holly Woodhead.
Section Y (Open): Jonathan Blue – Miss Chloe Pearson.
Section Q: Nico – Miss Holly Clarke.
Section R: Million 55 – Miss Sophie Wilkinson.
Section N (Open): Bhodi – Miss Susie Berry
Section O (U18): Knockash Benji – Miss Willa Peel
Section A (OI): Miss Cooley – Mr Oliver Townend
Section D (U21): Russal Z – Miss Heidi Coy.
Section G: Canyon Du Fort Vert – Miss Laura Collett
Section U (Open): Benicia B – Miss Holly Woodhead.
Images Courtesy of Ruth Gregory