Kc Hains reports ..
The early autumnal sunshine made its appearance in time for the second of British Eventing Fixtures held at Cockshutts Farm, home of Sapey Cross Country, established in 2002 by current organisers Alan and Audrey Thacker. Sapey (2) welcomed a variety of competitors across 15 sections including Be80(t), BE90, BE100, Novice and ONu18 sections.
The eventing community have been very thankful for the improvement recent rainfall has made to the ground, and Sapey was no exception. Mother Nature’s contribution alongside the hard work of the organisers to have the whole course aerated made for almost perfect going around the re-routed cross country, proving to be an excellent test.
As always the grassroots competition of the BE80(t) was hotly contested across two sections. Joanna Bushell took the win in section O with her mount 10 year old gelding Master Class Two adding 0.4 time to her dressage of 31.3. Whilst Julie Jeffes took the win in section N aboard her 9 year old mare Hederfeld Ash, adding a third win to their successful 2018 season, however the pressure was on as Sophie Wilson was hot on their heels finishing just 0.5 faults behind on their dressage score of 26.8.
Sally James and 11 year old Little Oakfield Sensor took an impressive win in the first section of the BE90 class, finishing on her dressage score of 24.0. Katie Power came away with her first win aboard the 7 year old mare Tattygare Never Let Me Go, in their first season together they added just 4.4 time to their dressage of 26.8.
“I was so pleased that we had achieved a double clear, as that was all we had come to Sapey to try and achieve, so when I heard we were in the lead it was quite a shock!” recalls Katie.
“Tatty (Tattygare Never Let Me Go) really deserved this fab result as she has helped me improve my riding and boost my confidence, under the watchful eye of Dag Albert, as the past few years haven’t really gone my way on my previous horse.”
The BE100 made up three sections and made use of the revamped cross country course, including the use of their point to point fences. Rachel Sheldon came out on top in the first section of the day with 10 year old Castilla Squalls Estate Z, winning on her dressage score of 28.3. Closely followed by Poppy Clark with D Avril Du Pinier, the 17.1 gelding who is just a 5 year old in his first season the future certainly looks bright for this combination. Izzy Mears added an impressive win to their successful season in just their third BE100 together, finishing with nothing to add to their dressage of 22.3, topping their second place finish at Llanymynech just the week before.
Saturday was a busy day with Novice competitors across 5 sections, including the ON U18 section. Michael Jackson took the win in Section A, finishing on his dressage score of 26.8 on PSH Lucky Strike ahead of Carlos Parro and Vicount Volani finishing just 3.7 penalties adrift. Coral Keen and the ex-racehorse Barrison added just 2.4 time to her dressage score to take the win in their section.
Tom O’Bryan and his mount DHI Du Rouet won the ONu18 section finishing up 3.6 penalties ahead of Meggie Gedge and Cooldiamond Cruise.
“We started off the day with a good dressage of 28.8, following a worrying warm up where I couldn’t stop Merlin from doing flying changes!” says Tom.
“Showjumping was a low point of the day, as Merlin slipped into the related distance and had two poles, which made me think that I was out of contention. But after cross country we moved into the lead as we were the only clear inside the time in the section! Sapey was our 4th ever Novice and we hope to do the CCI* at Bicton to finish our season.”
All section winners –
Novice Sec A – Michael Jackson / PSH Lucky Strike
Novice Sec B – Coral Keen / Barrison
Novice Sec C – Ben McClumpha / Sharaz
Open Novice Sec D – Harriett Beaumont / Annaghmore Bonita
ON U18 Sec E – Tom O’Bryan / DHI Du Rouet
BE100 Sec F – Rachel Sheldon / Castilla Squalls Estate Z
BE100 Sec G – Izzy Mears / PSH Love Affair
BE100 Open Sec H – Lisa-Marie Lewis / Corrib Blue Vinney
BE90 Sec I – Sally James / Little Oakfield Sensor
BE90 Sec J – Sara Ridgway / SKA Buachaill Mor
BE90 Sec K – Katie Power / Tattygare Never Let Me Go
BE90 Open Sec L – Tom McEwen / Invictus II
BE100 Sec M – Sally James / Satyr
BE80(T) Sec N – Julie Jeffes / Hederfeld Ash
BE80(T) Sec O – Joanna Bushell / Master Class Two