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Sarah Carless reports..
Having returned to the British Eventing calendar last year, Offchurch Bury proved it is now a firm favourite amongst riders in the Midlands, with more than 450 entries across the two days.
Once again, the venue hosted a BE105 class, which offers riders with the opportunity to ease the transition from BE100 before moving up to Novice level, with the cross-country course seeing a mixture of BE100 and Novice fences with some additional elements. This year, the class proved to be extremely popular with two sections. Section E was won by Lucy Robisnon and Cosmic Charm whilst Section F was topped by Karis Chambers and Corville De Hare – both first time winners at this level and who have both successfully competed at BE100 level.
Offchurch Bury provided Holly Jessett and Rocking Rocker with their first BE win, topping BE90 Section H. Holly, who has just completed her second year at Derby University where she is studying Child and Youth studies, has owned Archie for three years.
She told Eventing Worldwide: “Archie is a super horse. Luckily, during term time my sister and dad have been looking after Archie for me whilst I’m away at University. Winning at Offchurch Bury was a fantastic feeling and a great accomplishment as it was my first ever win at BE, hopefully many more top placings to come. I’ve qualified for the Blenheim Eventers challenge in September so I’m really looking forward to that. Fingers crossed Archie is as awesome as he was at Offchurch.”
Meanwhile, Hannah Allen made it two wins from two with Bleancanaid Twighlight, a five-year-old Welsh part bred Arab, topping BE90 Section I. Having previously won at Shelford Manor, they won at Offchurch Bury with a score of 24.3. The 27-year-old who works with horses has been based with Colina Pickles for the past 12 months.
She told Eventing Worldwide: “I have had great success with both my ponies with her help. I couldn’t believe Twilight won his second event on the trot. He truly is an amazing pony, and a real showman. I bought him as a just broken three-year-old to produce and sell but as you can guess we haven’t got to the selling part. We have two qualifications for the grassroots regional finals which we are going to Homme House to start hopefully we will qualify there, before that Calmsden and then in September Blenheim Eventer Challenge. We will then start our 100 debut. He has a very exciting future and I’m so excited to be doing it with him.”
Other section results: BE100 Section A Ludwig Svennerstal, Fialotta; BE100 Section B Charlotte Martin, Ruthstown Ricky; BE100 Section C Noah Brook, Fabulous Grafelass; BE100 Open Section D Eleanor Bartlett, Cassa Blanca; BE90 Section G Eleanor Hope, Cooley Firefly; BE90 Section J Laura Ridout, Hathaway Strider; BE90 Section K Jenny Levett, Gorfelyn Peter The Great; BE90 Open Section L Izzy Rees, Champion Owens; BE80(T) Section M Louise Le Geyt, Quarter Of; BE80(T) Section L Sophie Cawley, My Romeo II;
Photographs courtesy of Dave Cameron