Rika Nile reports..

With some events having to sadly abandon over the weekend, the rain didn’t stop play for Cornish event Port Eliot which ran a full day of competition across listed parkland. The event was well praised across social media, with many riders, owners and volunteers alike commending organiser, and event rider, Tamsyn Hutchins and her team.

Launceston based BHSAI Alexandra Reeve and her 7-year-old homebred Wasimah won BE90 section C on a score of 28.3, a year after winning their BE80(T) section at the same event in a score of 28.

The dressage-bred mare, who is by Woodlander Wavavoom, has accumulated 90 BD points as well as multiple top 10 places eventing, after she had shown a talent for jumping.

22-year-old Alex, who is also a freelance model, started her season well with the mare picking up a 4th at Bicton the weekend before. She commented:

“Wasimah has just kept growing and at times I have found her quite tricky, even though in the eight BE events she has competed in she has always in the top 10, including three wins.

“The winter weather did not help with her training but we persevered and over the last few months have concentrated on dressage and show jumping. I’ve had help from my Dad Andy, and fairly regularly with Padraig & Lucy McCarthy, Clare Deithrick and more recently John Chubb. Something in the last few weeks has suddenly clicked and I am finding her much easier to ride.”

“I so enjoy Port Eliot as it local and has such lovely scenery, and the volunteers were very friendly and helpful. I was slightly concerned about show jumping on grass for the first time this year but the arena was spacious and the course flowed well. I was thrilled with a double clear and to win with no time penalties was the icing on the cake. It was also special as one of my pupils, Amber Williams, came 2nd in the BE80(T) on Florrie II, a homebred we sold her last year,” Alex added.

Alex, who is based with her parents at St Leonards Equitation Centre, the home of Launceston Horse Trials, was also 3rd in BE90 section A with Janet Elston’s My Cornish Princess. 

Winner of section A, only 0.2 penalties ahead of Alex, was 13-year-old Poppy Burner and Witchcombe Music Man. Poppy and the 11-year-old, who is owned by Gail Critchlow, finished on their 26.8 dressage to take the top spot and continue to form their partnership.

“It’s really exciting to win at this stage, and means a lot as we haven’t been together that long,” commented Poppy.

“He arrived in the Christmas holidays and we’ve done some NSEA showjumping and arena eventing, as well as some dressage over the winter. Our first BE of the season was at Bicton last week in the BE90 and we did another double clear finishing on our dressage score of 29 and coming 5th. 

“We are aiming to step-up to the BE100 tracks and do the U18’s this year, and also qualify for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup Grassroots along the way,” Poppy added.

Poppy also finished 4th with Ballylean Caster in BE90 section C, after jumping another double clear to finish on their 31 dressage. The 14.2hh, who has been with Poppy since October, is being aimed at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup before eventually contesting in Pony Trials.

Cornwall based NHS worker Sara Newton made juggling her full time job and eventing worth it after piloting her own Mulfra to a win in BE90 section B, finishing on their 29.8 dressage.

Delighted to have a win at only their second event of the season, Sara commented: 

“We have both struggled with our dressage before, and hopefully it is finally coming together. I have produced the mare myself and she is the most awesome xc machine. People talk about push button rides but she is exactly that!

“We have to travel so far to get to any good events so having Port Eliot here is just amazing. It is such a fantastic well run event too.”

“I want to qualify for her for The Mitsubishi Motors Cup after coming 2nd in the Eventers Challenge at Blenheim last year, so we need to keep up the hard work improving our dressage,” Sara also added.

Project pony Ath Bui Dunboy proved that Emma Langfjord-Clare was right to keep him after they won BE80(T) section E, with their impressive 24.8 dressage mark allowing them to win despite picking up some time penalties.

“The win is mega for us! I really went there with no expectations. I’m a groom for Matthew Hall showjumping and a Pony Club instructor, so I spend a lot of my time looking after other people’s horses, so it’s lovely to go out and spend some time with my own!” said Emma.

“I bought him just over a year ago, he was a super nervous rising 4-year-old who had just been cut. I was going to produce him for 6 months and sell him, but I just thought their was something special there. We’re aiming for BE90 at the end of the season and from there who knows!”.

“Port Eliot was brilliantly run, and to have the course builder who built badminton make the fences was really special, especially for the lower levels. We had perfect weather and a beautiful setting, shout out to Tamsyn Hutchins and the team,” Emma finished. 

Other section results:

BE80(T) section D: Elsie Mitchell – Bohola Rose

BE100 section F: Charlotte Billson – Killycloghan Karma Cruise 

BE100open section G: Kate de la Hey – Embezzled Law

Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee – If you have any quires regarding our images please email jess@eventingworldwide.com

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