Bryony Skinner reports ..
The weekend of 25/26th July saw over 460 competitors travel to Offchurch Bury for The National Saddle Centre British Eventing Event. Classes ranging from BE80(T) to BE100 took place and riders were full of praise for the fantastic going and well built and varied cross country course.
JP Sheffield had a busy weekend competing on 5 horses and being placed on 4 of them. He won the BE100 Section A on the 6 year old gelding Seabanks Theygo completing on their dressage score of 27.5 and beating Ben Way by just 0.5 penalties. This was the first event for the horse owned by Alison Walton.
The BE100 section B was won by Katie Strelchuek aboard her own 15.3hh mare Aprils Royale Ruby. The combination completed on a very good dressage score of 28, continuing a good run after finishing 4th at the Regional Finals at Oasby at the beginning of the season. Katie commented:
“I’ve had Ruby for 6 years, she’s a very easy going person and I can often be found out eventing by myself with no helper! The aim for the dressage was to pull off an accurate test, lots of poles were coming down in the SJ but the undulating course suited us as there was lots to think about and ride for. Finally the XC was a good test and for those that were worried about fence 10 it probably rode quite nicely, we had a great round! Having qualified for Badminton Grassroots at Oasby in March this year we were gutted that it was cancelled, but are so excited for May 2021…all being well!
Damian Curran won the BE90 section I riding the five year old gelding Shannondale Jamie; the second event for the combination who came 2nd in their section at Aston Le Walls earlier in July. Damian commented on his facebook page; “AMAZING day at Offchurch Bury with Kate Dorney’s Shannondale Jamie (Shannondale Sarco X High Roller) to WIN his section on a 26.3 dressage. Despite being a little excited coming off the lorry heading to the dressage, he held his head and pulled it out of the bag!
With it only being his 2nd BE event, we’re so excited with this horses progress to date and what’s in store for the future.”
The BE90 section K was very closely contested in top ten with Elizabeth Jelfs taking 1st place after leading from the dressage with her score of 26.8 aboard the 15 year old, 13.2hh gelding Greencottage Kings Ransom. Elizabeth also came 3rd in the BE90 section I with her own 14hh gelding Pebbly Grey Fox, again completing on her dressage score of 27.5.
Also in the BE90 section I, Vicki Hancox came in 4th place after finishing on her dressage score of 28.5 with the 15 year old gelding Simba VI. Vicki had two other rides in the BE90 class and won section H on the 7 year old gelding Curious George III, completing on their dressage score of 27.8. Vicky said of her win, “George is by Billy Congo and owned by Mrs Julie Jeffs and I’ve helped produce him for the Jeffs’ from a 4yo. He is a bit of a loveable rogue and has been very frustrating, however he’s starting to come to the party and proved that Sunday. He runs at Cholmondeley Castle BE100 Monday. We are just hoping the saying is correct…..the quirky ones are the best!!”
The BE90 section F was won by 15 year old Ellie Savage after she added only 2.4 cross country time penalties to a very good dressage score of 25.3. Ellie was riding Cleodore; a 12 year old, 16hh mare previously ridden by her mother. Ellie said:
“Cleo and I were due to compete at Badminton Grassroots this year. Cleo used to be my mums horse however she damaged her tendon sheath a few years ago, so we’re delighted to have her happy and sound again eventing!
We have a skinny phobia so I was quite anxious for the cross country as there were a few testing lines. Nevertheless, I went into the cross country with 4 penalties in hand so I knew I could take my time to get it right. Cleo flew round and gave me a great feeling. Our next aspiration, after competing at Badminton 2021, is being selected for the BE u18s team for the championships.
I’ve just bought a gorgeous new horse, Bettie, who I’d love to have fun with at novice one day. But this unfortunately means I have to say goodbye to my ponies at the end of the season.
A big thank you to the BE organisers and volunteers for running a fantastic event!”
Another victorious pony was Renkum Bombadier, the 14hh winner of the BE100Open section D, ridden by 14 year old Gemma Watts. The combination completed on their dressage score of 24.5 and Gemma commented:
“Renkum Bombadier, or Bomba as he is known at home is a 14hh, 12 year old gelding. We bought him three years ago when I was 11 and I started off doing working Hunter with him. However, I soon found much more of a love for eventing. I began British eventing properly in 2019. After a bad run, I learnt how to ride XC as he is quite sensitive. However we then had a few top 3 finishes. This season I plan to do a few novices and pony trials and hopefully a 2* short by the end of the year. Next year I would love to do some pony trials with him and try to qualify for the National Pony Championships. I loved Offchurch Bury! After the best dressage yet of 24 he flew the show jumps which were up to height but a lovely course and he loved cross country which asked plenty of questions, but was amazing ground and very forward riding! Bomba loved it and he really is a star.”
All riders at the event were pleased to be able to view their photographs online the night of their competition due to the fast work of 1st Class Images. Team Way Eventing were pleased to see theirs after a successful weekend with Sarah winning the B100 section C, riding the 6 year old mare Callista Clover and Ben taking 2rd in the Be100 section A with Delphi’s Oracle. Team Way commented on their facebook page:
“Another productive day at our local Event Offchurch Bury. Callista Clover owned by Michael and Lou Powell Brett going one better than her second last week to WIN on her dressage score of 23.5 and our home bred 5 YO Delphi’s Oracle finishing Second on her dressage score of 28.0! Great Event, brilliantly run by @landseventing and top job, as ever, from @1stclassimages and their cracking system getting the photos up online the same afternoon.”
Other winners: BE100 section E – Kirstie Wright, Mill House Kann Eye; BE80(T) section M – Amelia Walker, Springwind Prologue; BE80(T) section N – Virginia Turnbull, Bargrange Bali-Hi; BE90 section J – Tracey Crane, Hugo Hunting; BE90 Open section L – Rosie Olver, Ramatuelle;