Millie Wain reports…..
On the 24th-25th June, The Cooke Coachbuilders Skipton Horse trials held two days of competition with classes ranging from BE80(T) to Novice level. This year, there was a new BE80 course that attracted 67 entries across two sections. Skipton Horse Trials is a popular event held in Yorkshire and the cross country courses run over the Dales; Tim Bennett is the cross country course designer and he makes the most of the terrain, providing educational courses for horses and riders.
The winner of the Airowear BE80(T) section M was Katie Brickman riding Black Jack V. The pair led the dressage phase by nearly 5 penalties and added 1.2 cross country time penalties to finish with a score of 29. Katie and Black Jack V have had two runs this season and have had 1st and 2nd placings. Five riders in section M came home within the optimum time of 4m38s; some riders went more slowly perhaps due to the hot weather conditions.
In 2018, Skipton is awarding the winners of the novice sections £200 in prize money. There were some exceptional dressage scores in section G of the novice. Ros Canter took first and second place with Shannondale Nadia and Lordships Graffalo respectively. Both horses jumped double clears, with Shannondale Nadia scoring 12.8 penalties in the dressage and Lordships Graffalo getting a score of 17.3. Andrew Heffernan and Gideon II had led the section with a dressage score of 12 penalties and came home with a steady double clear, which was still good enough to finish in third place.
Lauren Burton and D Akieda won BE100 section A, finishing on their dressage score of 28.8. They were one of three combinations who added nothing to their dressage score in this section. Second place went to Louise Anderson riding Diancara VDL with 29.7 penalties and in third place were Olivia Dawson and Sanau Hugo.
Beatrice Stocks-Seels riding CSF Hi Fi came first in BE100 section D. They were in seventh place after the dressage phase but a double clear inside the time was enough to take them to the top of the leader board. In second place was Hazel Towers aboard Trouble At The Mill, completing with a score of 31.9 penalties. Just 0.1 penalties behind them in third place were Edward Bradley and Little Jimmey.
The Open Novice section had 19 starting combinations, 10 of which jumped double clears. Laura Birley took the win with Boxtree And I, finishing on their dressage score of 27.8 penalties. This was their second win in as many weeks and they have accumulated 19 BE points so far this season. Second place in the Open Novice went to Paula Jane Holden riding the 8-year-old Falco III; this is another combination that has had a successful season, picking up top 6 places every time out. Completing the top three was Lauren Blades aboard Making Waves, finishing with a score of 29.3 penalties.
There is another BE event taking place at Skipton on 4th-5th August; the team at Skipton are already working hard to ensure that there is good going for all of their competitors.
Other section winners:
BE80(T) section N – Alexa Holland riding Downe Right Rio
BE90 section I – Harry Harding riding Top Gun VII
BE90 section J – Sue Soley riding Clorogue Rebel
BE90 section K – Michelle Pritchard riding Fathers Compromise
BE90 section L – Kay Livesey riding Aughnabroc Cooper
BE100 section B – Aimee Penny riding PSH Deneb
BE100 section C – Sian Davies-Cooke riding Dawsons Diamond
BE100open section E – Andrew Downes riding Castlekelly Todd
Novice section F – Mollie Mills riding Fune D Or M
Images courtesy of RJ Photography