Cat Jamieson reports…

British Eventing Solihull (1) held over the weekend of 21st/22nd April 2018, orgabised by Steve Scott and Pippa Starkey, at Solihull Riding Club in the West Midlands.

Classes ranging from BE80t to Novice Level, with 300 competitors per day. Holly Bradshaw flew the flag for the ladies by finishing the Open Novice section on her dressage score of 18.50…. with all sections being won by the girls!

Steph Woolley on Freckleton Matador was 4th in BE80 Section F. This was their First completion in 20 months with health issues for both horse and rider. Steph said “it Felt great to be back on form particularly on the XC so really hopeful we can crack on and enjoy the season. Off to Kentucky Monday to see how the big boys and girls do it.”

Sophie Spierteri was 5th in BE80 Section G, she told me “I’ve had Arc Lighter about 6 weeks. He was bred by the Darley Stud in the USA and did a bit of flat racing before turning his hoof to eventing.. first ever BE run for him and my first time out this season. Hope to get him up to novice by the end of the season.”

Danni Nicholson mum told me how proud she was of her daughters 2nd place in the BE90 section A “ “Dan is 19 and a student at Uni studying Psychology. They joined British Dressage for the winter to improve their dressage score and has just competed at the Area Festival Championships coming 10th. The work has paid off as this is her first event of the year and she was lying 2nd after the dressage . Her goal is to get to a Regional final with the dream of going to Badminton grass roots and stepping up to 100 later in the season. Georga is 10 years old and Dan brought her direct from the Upsalls stud so they gave learnt together.”

BE90 section B winner Heather Urquahart said “we had a fab day, finished on his dressage of 23.3 (despite managing to trip up and remove a front shoe on the last centre line) Also won best 90 dressage of day! Pony is Crafty Wizard (aka Merlin), a 7yo blue and white gelding who I’ve owned from a 4yo. This was our first run of the year thanks to the weather! Plans are to attempt to qualify for Mitsubishi Motors cup 2019.”

Lucy Pemberton who won BE90 section C “ This is my second season with Oona with last season unexpectedly ending in June. First event of the season so decided to go in at 90, with the next event being 100 with the goal to be at novice at the end of the season/ beginning of next when I’ll be on a gap year. Even though I’ve had her a while it’s taken this long to gel!”

Dr Anne Chadwick who came 10th in this section on Caramba M told me what a great event it was, she is now looking to do another 90 to get MERS covered and then stepping up to 100.
BE90 Section D – Lynn Nabarro on Alvescot Wonderwoman who came 6th said that “I finally got my first placing after 20+ years of trying. 4 of those working with my beautiful Alvescot Wonderwoman aka Cara tart, we have Keysoe in a couple of weeks. Then another one or 2 90s and all being well up to 100. Would love to qualify Badminton Grass Roots but we shall see.”

BE100 Section I winner Leanne Cartwright on Shannondale Xander “yes delighted with Xander! He’s rising 6 now and I purchased him from the Shannondale stud as an unbroken 3 year old. He did really well last season in his 5 year old classes and we are hoping to upgrade to Novice soon with the aim of qualifying him for the 6 year old champs in September fingers crossed!!”

Rhian Carew Jones was 7th in the BE100, “He is a 7yo by Ramiro B, BE name is Cooley Code but he goes by Blondie at home as he has a flaxen mane and tail. This was our first event of the season after 6 cancellations on the trot. The ground was great- good work by the team at Solihull! Was quite a bold track but rode nicely if you had a forward rhythm.”

Abi Castle was 5th in the Novice Section Section P on Cavalier Captain and 6th in the Novice Section N on Castle Contender at Solihull on the Sunday, she told me that “Both the SJ and xc rode forward and flowing giving both horses a very confident first run of the season. The ground was fantastic considering the weather Solihull had to face on the run up to the event.”

Holly Bradshaw who had the lowest dressage and completion score of the weekend rounded up her day for me – “I was thrilled with him yesterday. Archfield Echo is a 9yr old gelding owned my myself. I purchased him directly from our local breeders (and friends) ‘Archfield Stud’ as a 4yr old and have produced him myself. He competed in the Osberton 6yr old and 7yr old championships and has been invited onto the World class equine pathway. Solihull ON was our first run of the season so I was thrilled to come back with such a good result as although Echo is a very talented horse, he is quite sharp and quirky so it is great to see him producing the results he is so capable of. Last year we had a quiet season as I was getting back into the swing of things after breaking my back, so this season I have big plans for him! I would like to establish him at intermediate/2* with the aim of competing in an 8/9yr old Advanced by the end of this season. He has all the attributes to make it to the top so he is a very exciting prospect, I love producing youngsters and progressing them up the grades so I just wish I had a couple more like him in my yard.”

Section winners
BE80 Section F Mrs Virginia Turnbull Bathsheba III 26.80
BE80 Section G Miss Hazel Harris Quinto 33.00
BE90 Section A Miss Holly Preece Starfield Ziggy 25.50
BE90 Section B Miss Heather Urquhart Crafty Wizard 23.30
BE90 Section C Miss Lucy Pemberton Chevalion Cult Heroine 30.60
BE90 Section E Miss Emma Sutton Coltstown Glider 28.80
BE90 Open Sec D Ms Sara Squires Denali 24.80
BE100 Section H Miss Meg Munro SVS Aramis 29.60
BE100 Section I Mrs Leanne Cartwright Shannondale Xander 28.30
BE100 Section J Miss Gemma Tattersall Facari MG 20.80
BE100 Section K Miss Noor Slaoui Dignified Hero 21.90
BE100 Section L Miss Katherine Peden Rufus V 24.00
BE100 Open Sec M Miss Ibble Watson Bookhamlodge Pennylane 28.80
Novice Section N Ms Alison Gill Kellistown Mark 32.00
Novice Section O Miss Willa Newton Cock a Doodle Do 24.30
Novice Section P Miss Lottie Kennedy HS 365 UCS DE DIOR 28.50
Open Novice Section Q Miss Holly Bradshaw Archfield Echo 18.50

Photographs courtesy of Hannah Cole Photography

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