Sarah Wells-Gaston reports..
Shelford once again proved popular for riders in the East Midlands with 26 sections cover BE80(T) to BE100.
Such was the popularity of the Five Year Old qualifier, two sections were needed to accommodate all the entries.
But one rider dominated these sections – Sam Gillespie. He topped Section Q with Rossmont Trendy and section S with GFS Moonlight Echo. For the latter, it was a third win in a row having previously been victorious at Broadway and Whitfield. To add to his victorious, Gillespie was also victorious in BE100 Section U, topping the class with Kaizer, their third top 10 finish of the year.
BE100 Under 18 Section C went to Jess Corser and Anastasia II. Previously ridden by Millie Dumas, this was only the pairs second event together. Jess also topped BE100 Under 18 Section F with Miss Indigo in their first event together as it is a horse she is riding for a family friend.
Jess told Eventing Worldwide: “I left school two years ago when I was 15 after taking my GCSE’s and decided I would like to be a full time event rider. It hasn’t always been plain sailing since then and I’ve had quite a few difficult horses in that time but it’s slowly all coming together. I first rode at old 2* when I was 15 but we unfortunately had to retire my experienced horse at the start of last season, I’ve since just had young horses slowly coming up through the levels. Anastasia II is a new horse for me who arrived only 4 weeks ago and it was our 3rd event together, I was very pleased that she led from the start and won by over six marks; she will step up to Novice soon and aim for the 6 year olds. ‘Miss Indigo’ is a friend of ours horse who I’m helping out to regain her confidence XC, she was dropped off two weeks ago, I was just planning on a nice run but it was great that she went well and won her section by four marks; she will be going Novice again next time out before she goes back home and I really hope she continues to go well this year. It was really nice to go out with both mares and for them to both find it so easy and to win on both of them was just even better.”
BE100 Under 18 Section D went to Edward Howard and Springfield Baby Bell.
BE80(T) Section N went to Heather Elston and Stormhill Starlight who have been placed on each of their outings this year.
With two wins from two events, BE90 Section J was won by Lottie Surl and Glencullen Bailey. Also making it two wins this season was Kathryn Woolley and Overonza who topped BE90 Section W2.
As did Sarah Turner and Ryehill Princess who topped BE90 Section X1. Sara Ridgeway and Ska Buachaill Mor made it four wins from four with victory in BE90 Section K having previously won at Llanymynech, Broadway and Ascott-Under-Wychwood.
Other section results; BE100 Section A Abigail Boulton, May Day; BE100 Section B Donna Abel, Eagle Eye DHI; BE100 Section E Victoria Wentworth, Dilano Z; BE90 Section G Abigail Van Dee Heever, Irish Kelpie; BE90 Section H Ellie Clarke, Fornan Sweet Clover; BE90 Section I Emily Pugh Lewis, Priestown Alfie; BE80(T) Section L Rosemary Myers, Easter Star II; BE80(T) Section M Karen Stimpson, Macklemores True Diamond; BE100 Section O Angus Pimblott, Saxy Park Lane; BE100 Section P Emily Baxendale, Dunnanew Dakota; BE100 Open Section R Georgie Rockingham, September Song; BE100 Open Section T Trudy Johnson, Catch Me If You Can; BE100 Section V Abigail Unwin, Eden III; BE90 Section W1 Amy Smith, Sherry Triffle; BE90 Section X2 Katie Stephens Grandy
Images courtesy of Stacey Smalley