Ruth Orrell-Stokes reports..
On Sunday 27th and Monday 28th June, spring bank holiday Shelford Manor ran their first fixture for the season. The event ran levels from BE80 – BE100 also including 5 year old and U18 sections. An oversubscribed and popular event that had a waitlist for many of the classes ran two great days of affiliated competition. Organised and ran by BEDE Events Limited who are based at the Shelford Manor venue. Directed by Stuart & Anna Buntine also covering other great events ran over the year that include Belton International, Oasby, Aske, Firle and a new fixture for 2018 the London Capital and Finance Osbourne Horse Trials on the Isle of White.
There were three BE80 sections over the weekend with Jessica Shelley riding Colourful Queen Bee winning section K on a dressage score of 32.5. The combination were only one of two in the top ten to not receive time penalties. Jessica from Swadlincote said ‘I’ve had Bluebell since an unbacked 3 year old,
backed and produced her myself. We spent a season doing HOYS showing qualifiers before starting her eventing as a 6 year old. We have competed in all RC teams for the National Forest Riding Club, and have represented the club at the dressage and eventing finals. Hoping to step up to a few 90’s this season after a few successful runs. She also requested we mentioned ‘a massive thankyou to all sponsors, volunteers and organisers for an amazingly well ran event, and super prizes!’
Another to have owned her horse since a youngster, and has produced him herself was the winner of the BE80 section M. Emma Fenwick with Brightville Billy a 11year old gelding. Emma told us ‘Shelford is one of my local events so I like to support it and the BEDE team who always run things smoothly and professionally. I have evented up to intermediate and CCI* in the past and enjoy producing horses. I currently work for an online equestrian supplement company and have just started up eventing again after a long break due to family circumstances. I aim to do a few more 80s on Billy and attempt a couple of 90s this year and I’d love to get a new youngster or a ride on something more experienced to move up the grades again. As Billy is only 14.3/15hh gypsy cob he wasn’t really made for this job bless him!!’ Shelford Manor was Brightville Billys first affiliated event and he has certainly set the standard high.
Shelford ran eight BE90 sections over the weekend with the first winner on the Saturday (section G) being Isabella Stagg on Quite a Compliment a 10 year old mare. The combination did not pick up any penalties to finish on their dressage score of 24.8. A very consistent horse that achieves many top 10 placings each season and on many occasions is scoring a sub 30 dressage score. This season they have made the decision to drop down to BE90 after sustaining a hind suspensory ligament injury last year and losing confidence in her work. Isabella said ‘she is a quite a tricky and sensitive mare, and has been described by my trainers as a princess!! She doesn’t really like anyone else riding her and I feel quite privileged that she allows me to! When everything is well with her I have absolute trust in her and she will do anything for me. I think that we are successful as we run a very happy, stress free, yard routine and she goes out in the field as much as is possible. I also have a very good dressage trainer in Andrew Day and Jonathan Allinson who is really good with the showjumping.’
Vicky Smith was the winner of the BE90 Section H with her own eye catching dun, Duntoatee. The combination finished on their dressage score of 30.8 within a tight section with the top three all being within 1 penalty. Vicky said ‘I love shelford! We try and go every year the ground is great and BEDE provide a professional atmosphere’. She described her ride as ‘relaxed all day. His test was accurate and I was pleased. The show jumping caused some problems but he sailed round clear. As I went to the start box I heard I could go into the lead if I went clear inside the time. I decided to see how he felt but was well up at each minute marker and felt full of running.’ Duntoatee know as Duncan at home is a 5 year old, purchased from Steve Barnes at Springfield Irish Horses who is local to Shelford based in Nottingham. He was purchased last year with an eventing career in mind. Vicky has been slowly producing him over this winter and Shelford was only his third event of the season. Vicky told us ‘the icing on the cake was that Steve’s stable jockey Craig Kiddier and groom Olivia Rawlinson came over to watch.’
A combination participating in their first event of the season were Lauren Ulyett with Chakira. A great start to win section W2 BE90 on their dressage score of 27.3. Owned and ridden by Lauren, Chakira is an 11 year old mare that has only been competed affiliated by Lauren. They are progressively moving up the levels aiming to become consistent at BE100 this season with the potential hope for Novice in the future. Lauren described her ride as ‘very genuine and honest. They have built up a partnership so she can put her leg on and she’s goes. She loves her job and wants to do well for me. Between phases she goes to sleep and then wakes up for the phase’. Alongside eventing Lauran said ‘I am currently studying my A levels. I have a conditional offer at Moreton Morrell College to study Equine and Human Sports Science. I then later hope to be able to provide a biomechanics physiotherapy facility for horse/rider and continue eventing. To support my eventing, I have done some producing and selling of horses. Mum and dad are very supportive and I also have the backing of a private sponsor who assists with costs’.
Laura Ridout had two wins with Coolodge Sox (Section J BE90) and Lates Flash (Section C BE100), both horses owned by Laura. Coolodge Sox stable name Sox claimed his fourth consecutive win at Shelford Manor. Laura said ‘Sox is usually the wild child pre dressage’ but he certainly knows his job in the boards to achieve a dressage score of 20.3. Lates Flash competing in his sixth season with Laura made Shelford his second win of this season, previously winning the BE100 at Aston-le-Walls late April. Alongside eventing Laura explained ‘I am into pole dancing, it has really helped with my core and overall fitness, it’s also a lot of fun! I highly recommend it to all riders!’
In the BE100 section A Sarah Watner a BHS Level 4 Coach and her horse Zarento VDL a 14 year old KWPN stormed into the lead. They finished on a completion score of 31.1 adding just 0.8 time penalties from the cross country. Additionally, they were only one of three in there section to achieve a double clear. Sarah said ‘he was 9th in the BE90 Badminton Grassroots as a 6yr old. He isn’t brave enough to do Novice so we just event for fun now. I am a freelance coach and have a livery yard in Baschurch, near Shrewsbury. I did ride to 2 star years ago but aiming to qualify for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup again if we can. I love the coaching even in the wet winters. I am 50 in June and been eventing since I was 11’. Millhouse Montaire a 12 year old, gelding ridden by Stephen Thompson and owned by Victoria Musson won the BE100 section O. Stephen backed Millhouse Montaire known as Monty at home as a 4 year old and secured the ride again last year. He said ‘I’m hopefully trying to qualify him one star by the end of the season to finish the season at possibly Osberton.’
Samantha Hobbs took the wins in both the 5 year old sections with Just Soda No Ice (section T) on a completion score of 23, a wide lead of 5.2 penalties above 2nd and I Diablo Joe (section Q) finishing on a total of 27.1. Riding two talented young horses Samantha told us ‘both horses were broken in by Will Turnbull and competed as a 4yo by Ginnie Turnbull who is the most wonderful person to me. She is my coach and mentor and encouraged both owners Geoff and Zoe to send their horses to me.’ New rides for this year Just Soda No Ice owned and bred by Zoe Feeney won the Osberton International Young Horse Championships 2017 and I Diablo Joe owned and bred by Geoffrey Burton won the Burghley Event Horse Final 2017. When asked the aims for these horses this season Samantha said, ‘both sets of owners would love to retain their titles, whether it will happen or not is another matter but they are both super talented horses who both have mature heads on young shoulders.’
Other section winners include: L BE80 LOUISE BOXALL ON CLONLARA STRAWBERRY, I BE90 ANNA WOODFIELD ON ELMSIDE CASSIE, V1 BE90 MICHELLE PRITCHARD ON FATHERS COMPROMISE, V2 BE90 SAMANTHA MOLYNEUX ON GOLDINKA, W1 BE90 LISA FRECKINGHAM ON MOUNT CORBITT STORM, W3 BE90 CAROL SMITH ON CARMO BEECH, B BE100 NOOR SLAOUI ON MONARTS MASTERCLASS, D BE100 CHRISTINA HIGGS ON MILLERS GLEN, N BE100 HANNAH COMERY ON BALLYLAHIVE PRINCE, P BE100 ALEXANDER TORDOFF ON DIGGER JONES, R BE100 VIRGINIA M TURNBULL ON FIDALGO CLASSIC, S BE100 LAURA GREENHALGH ON STANHOPES TRAVELLING MAN, E BE100 U18 CONNIE GILL ON FLORIDA II, F BE100 U18 LUCY BAGULEY ON CHARLIE GO GO AND U BE100 OPEN STEPHANIE FAULKNER ON SPOT ON FINALE.
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