Ruth Gregory reports ..
A firm favourite with Yorkshire locals as well as those from further afield, Skipton horse trials hosted its second event of the season over the weekend. Once again, the joint organisers of Robin Bower, Timothy Bennett and Sarah Nield put on a fantastic competition despite North Yorkshire facing some very wet conditions on the week leading up to the event. Their efforts were rewarded with mass entries across all sections from BE80(T) to ON, including Regional final qualifiers.
Dominic Murray and Miss Indigo took top spot in the highly contested BE100Open section. The pair are on fire at the moment having also won the BE100Ou18 at Buckminster Park on their last run out. They lead the from the off, finishing on their very impressive dressage mark of 19.3.
“Indie was a joy to ride today. Her test was just amazing, I wanted her more active in her test which she showed in her score! She’s always amazing in the show jumping and cross country she was fab again, not finding anything too hard. The time was very manageable and was topped off with the brilliant ground so credit to Skipton for that!”
“She’ll now head to Shelford at the end of August for the ONu18, so fingers crossed for another good result there!”
Hot on their heels and finishing in second place were Ellie Healy and Vivogue. They also jumped double clear to finish on their dressage mark of 21.8.
“I’m really pleased with her, we have stepped down to BE100 for the past 3 runs as we were just making silly mistakes at Novice, so after today I feel ready to step back up at Shelford, it was the confidence giving run we needed!
“Our dressage has improved so much this season and today she was just so rideable and produced a lovely test, then followed it by a lovely double clear finishing well inside the time, which is a good sign before we make the step back up to Novice. I’d never been to Skipton before; it was a lovely event and very well run!”
Jamie Atkinson had another successful weekend; he piloted Susan Atkinson’s I G W to a win in Novice section E. Jamie also rode Cooley Empire to second place in the BE100 section A. The gelding is on great form having won an BE100 section at Burgham International last weekend.
Winners of the BE100 section A were Lucinda Atkinson and Capital Investment. They added nothing to their dressage mark of 23.8 to secure the win. It was a dream BE100 debut for the gelding, who’s owned by Zoe Huxtable, as he stepped up a level following on from his BE90Open win at Burgham International.
Poppy Carr took the BE90Ou18 win with her own Carnsdale Dun Good. Although it was the pairs first event of the 2019 season they certainly weren’t out of practice, adding nothing their near perfect dressage mark of 18.5.
Cheshire based rider Matilda Wadeson rode Charmaine O’Connor’s homebred JP Cassanova to top spot in the BE80(T) section M, climbing two places from their third place here back in June.
“ I’ve been lucky enough to ride JP for his owner Charmaine since the end of last summer. He had a wobbly start to his eventing career at Kelsall having been eliminated at the water, but he’s grown in confidence every time out and his results do too.
I love Skipton’s big hills and gallop tracks and JP certainly enjoyed it at the weekend. His next outing is Bold Heath BE90 so hopefully he can do the same again!”
Open Novice section G; Emily Grace, Seapatrick Narco, Novice section F; Rachael Lupton, Shannondale Shagosha; BE100 section B; Katie Pollock, Fella II; BE100RF Section D; Katie Broatach, Trent Red Mexico; BE90RF section J; Chloe Fairley, Behey Boy II; BE90RF section K; Joanne Morland, Will Be HSH Forever; BE80(T) section N; Tracy Garside, Beach Rua; BE90 section H; Carrie Skelton, Botswana BK; BE90 section I; Jessica Baugh, Devauden Melody; BE90 section W2; Helena Belcher, Chunky Marmlade;
Images Courtesy of RJC Photography