Cat Jamieson reports
Port Eliot Horse Trials held over the weekend of 27th and 28th April 2019. Held in Cornwall, organised by Tamsyn Hutchings, with kind sponsorship from Bond Timber and WH Bond, the course had excellent going and is always prepared with the first timers in mind.
All full classes ranging from BE80(t) to BE100.
BE90 Section A was won by – Chloe Dunn – Towerhill Shamie – 29.80
Chloe’s mum Liz to Eventing Worldwide a little about the pair. “My 16 year old daughter Chloe Dunn was competing two horses in the BE 90 there Towerhill Shamie and Follow the Tracks. Shamie a ‘sharp’ eight year old dun Connemara gelding which Chloe has produced on her own from since a 5yr old is a bit of a dressage diva and xc machine and has always found the SJ his weakest phase. We came here last year where Chloe had the Best dressage in her section 23.8 but an unlucky pole which cost us the win dropping her down to fourth place. After a fantastic and faultless xc she came in 1 second inside the optimum time to claim the top spot. We were absolutely thrilled with her first win and it made the 2.30am start from Dorset well worth it.“
Simon Moore took 2nd place and Aimee Hughes in 3rd place
BE90 Section B was won by Lizzie Luxton who had 5 horses at the event – Forever Autumn DS – 25.50 “I had a win on Angela Hudson’s Forever Autumn DS and a 3rd on my own Cruise Breaker In the 90 at here on Saturday and Some educational runs for my other 3 rides. It was a cracking event with superb going. She is a lovely type of horse and I hope she will contest 5 year old classes both BE and BYEH. She is off to Howick and Pontispool to do 2x 90’s then will go 100 at West Wilts.”
All 5 horses of Lizzies were in the top half of the leader board.
BE90 Section C – Teresa Williams – Bowleaze – 22.50
Teresa commented “Well to hopefully to do more and maybe regional finals. My training program is I am a club member of British Dressage and full member of British Show Jumping, he is an amazing xc horse, bold, brash and fast. I also do some unaffiliated ODEs. 20 years old today, well the horse not me!” all the best Teresa.
Emily Dunstan said about her and side kick Tina Wallace’s, 2nd and 3rd placings in the 90 sections.
“Port Elliot was our second event of the season and we both had good days finishing in the placings. I was riding my own 9 year old mare Call Me Divine who took second in the BE90 Section C and Tina riding her own 11 year old gelding Banksy took third in BE90 Section B. Both of us had double clears inside the time finishing on our dressage scores of 23.5 and 29.3 respectively.
Most BE events we travel miles for, so it is lovely to attend a local Cornish event and see so many familiar friendly faces. Despite the windy conditions Tamsyn and her team put on a brilliant event that ran so smoothly.”
BE80 Section D – Nicky Palmer – Penshanda – 33.20, Nicky had competed at Bicton the previous weekend and had come 9th. 2nd place went to Tamara Egglestone on Picasso and 3rd was Sally Roberts on Abbery Sue Ellen.
BE80 Section E was won by Verity Perry on the very aptly named – Verity with a score of 27.50
“I’m coming back to BE after 14 years off. Well I retired into BD, worked my way to inter 1 at premier league level. Now I have a 11yr old son who loves eventing. So, January 2018 a friend of mine spotted this lovely Connie, I purchased her unseen, trained her to medium level, and started back into jumping last year. Aided by Mel Hennah as trainer. I’ve done 2 unaff events, one last yr at 60cm. one 2 weeks ago at 80cm, then today at Port Elliot which she won on her dressage score. When I was last doing BE stop watches weren’t allowed so didn’t even have one of them, so was very jammy on the time. Just went for a good strong gallop, which she settled into and stormed the course, absolutely delighted with her.”
BE100 Section F – Janou Bleekman – Jannimesa Jewel – 28.80
Millie Juleff who came 4th in this section and 2nd in a 90 said “The most incredible day at Port Eliot Horse Trials, coming away with 2nd on Flint and 4th on Skylark! It was a fab xc course with some challenging questions and super ground. Flint (Rainbow Boy) and I scored our PB of 23.3!! It was the best dressage score in the section! A very unfortunate pole which is unlike him but a super round otherwise. XC he was a star and flew round in the time making it feel super easy. We finished second in the 90 section B. Skylark (Lezerea Skylark) had a slightly tense dressage for 33 in the 100 section F. Clear SJ and again a perfectly timed xc to go clear. We finished in fourth, just ahead of Mary King! A massive thanks to all helpers and organisers at Port Eliot for a very well run day. As well as a huge thank you to my instructors Trilby Crewes and Tim Cheffings.”
BE100 Section G – Amy Barlow – Iwan – 24.80, 2nd place was Rachel Shire on Lady skylark and in 3rd place Caroline Thompson. Rachel also had the lowest dressage score of the event on 21, Fred Scala coming in a close 2nd with 21.3.
BE100 Open Section H – Katie Willman – Tarmac Adam – 24.5
Morwenna Foster – who came 4th in this section said “we are a new partnership. My mare has been off with an injury so I was offered Zandico on loan for the season. This is our second event after Bicton last week. We had a good day. Dressage in the horrendous winds but he managed to keep contained for 27.5. Then a fab double clear. Just a few time faults as I thought we were going too fast but shouldn’t have as we then were just a few seconds over. It was great to be at a local event and have lots of friends and family supporting.”
Thanks again go out to all the team at Port Eliot for running what sounds like a superb event in the South.
Images Courtesy of Tanzy Lee