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In its fourth year of running, Port Eliot Horse Trails continued to grow in success, attracting a good entry over BE90 and BE100 courses. The event, which is benefits from being organised by 4* event rider Tamsyn Hutchins, is one of only two held in Cornwall, helping to put the county on the eventing map.


Janou Bleekman won the BE100open class for the second year running, this time riding Hal Andersen’s Diamond Louie. The combination won on a double clear, adding just 0.4 time to their impressive 26.3 dressage mark. Janou’s winning ride last year, Sea Yin, is also owned by Hal, who was there with his family to share the success of the win.

Of the new ride for Janou, she commented: “He’s been up to 1* before and the aim is for him to be Hal’s next horse that’ll take him up the levels. I’ll be riding him in his first few events whilst Hal is doing his DSC_4301first few novices with his other horses.

“He’s a lovely horse, I was a little bit short on time for the dressage as I had an 80 XC just before but he was really nice and relaxed and tried. He’s lovely jumping, I think throughout his competitive career he’s hardly had any poles.”

“He’s a good galloper and flew around and was so straight at everything. I was probably a bit steady through some combinations which is why I was 1 sec over but I am so pleased with him anyway.” She added.

Also making it two wins in a row was Holly Wright and Minacks Maid, who won BE100 section F. The 9-year-old mare, who was bred by Holly’s Mum, Linda, won the same section last year, with both wins being very much a family effort. 

Holly said: “Mum is still very much involved with Twiggy (Minacks Maid), she teaches and me and Sarah Shaw, who I do all my eventing with (she wasn’t at Port Eliot as her horses are at Novice and Intermediate). She comes to all the events with us as groom, trainer, sometimes-lorry driver and general voice of reason when we need it!” she added.

Holly also added, “she has just stepped up to Novice so hopefully next year she’ll finally have a point or two and won’t be able to do it!! I love Port Eliot, it is such a nice event, and it’s so nice not to have to drive for hours for us! Tamsyn Hutchins does a great job organising the event.”

Suzie McGeorge and homebred Horgans Mercury went one better than their 2nd at Bicton the weekend before, after winning BE90 section B on their 27 dressage. Suzie, who is a small animal vet and juggles eventing with a 50 hour work week, is enjoying eventing with the 12-year-old mare after a worry that her eventing career would come to an early end. 

“She chipped a bone in her leg last season and we weren’t sure she would be ridden again so to see her come back this season so well is a huge relief, she absolutely loves her job and we are just enjoying being out eventing again and having some fun!” Suzie told Eventing Worldwide.

Section winners:

BE90 section A; Kerry Gliddon – Weststoke Applesource

BE90 section B; Suzie McGeorge – Horgans Mecury

BE90 section C; Emma Melhuish – Cool Jet II

BE80(T) section D; Ella Hall – Merchant Bankes

BE80(T) section E; Alexandra Reeve – Wasimah

BE100 section F; Holly Wright – Minacks Maid

BE100open section G; Janou Bleekman – Diamond Louie

Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee

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