Sarah Carless reports …
More than 500 combinations headed to Solihull for its second British Eventing Fixture.
It was a double win for Joshua Levett, son of Australian eventer Bill. He won BE90 Section A with Uncle Austin and Section B with Cynheidrefawr Ceidrych. Abigail Boulton was another double winner. She topped BE90 Open Section D with May Day and BE100 Section I with Doolin Dancer.
Janine Paterson had a 9.3 penalty winning margin in BE80(T) Section G with Willoway Amigo having made the trip from Somerset for the event. But it was a worthwhile effort as the pair were seeking to gain qualification for the Blue Chip BE80 Challenge Final at Weston Park. Janine has had Roo – a 14.2hh 10yo New Forest Gelding – from an unbroken 3-year-old having bought him from the Willoway Stud in Dorset and co-owns him with Ingrid Jordan.
Janine told Eventing Worldwide: “Roo is a huge character who is competing at BE90, however as he is still eligible for this class I thought it would be great fun to try and qualify, which he did on his first attempt! He was a star on Saturday, he produced a super consistent test scoring 24, his best dressage score to date and the best test in his section. Then he followed that up with a fab double clear, winning by quite a margin. I was absolutely over the moon, he’s a very special pony and it’s lovely to win on a pony you have backed and ridden on completely yourself. I’m really hoping to qualify for the Badminton Grassroots Final with him, he’s a cross country machine so I think he’d love it at Badminton. His half-brother Willoway Free Spirit won in 2017.”
Helen du Heaume and Alvescot Extraordinaire picked up their second win of the season when they topped Novice Section N. Eliza Stoddart and Clifford picked up a second win in a row with victory in Novice Section P. Clifford is an eight-year-old that she started riding this season after hunting him over the winter with the Fernie.
Eliza told Eventing Worldwide; “I ride for owners Lizzie and James Saunders Watson who host Rockingham Horse Trials. Lizzie and daughter Eleanor, who is his usual jockey, were there to support us at Solihull. He is a smart horse who is very bold to ride, with a good trainable brain and scopey jump. He has been placed in all his events this year, and won his first Novice competitively at Aston le Walls. We are taking him to Gatcombe Novice with the aim of taking him up the grades next season. I have high hopes with this horse for the future, and am very grateful to the Saunders Watson family for their support.”
In three events this season, Hannah Horton and Atomic Kitten II have been in the top ten on each occasion, including a win in BE90 Section R. Another rider enjoying success is Anya Strilkowski with Woodlander Waglina who topped BE90 Section S who collected their second win of the season.
Woodlander Wagalina was bred by Woodlander stud and brought on by Tramontana Stud as a dressage pony. As Anna told Eventing Worldwide: “She won the Hartpury 5 year old British Dressage young dressage pony finals with Rosie Morgan and was destined for pure dressage. We bought her three and a half months ago from the stud. She had done little to no jumping and no eventing at all. I took to bringing her on with the help of Helen Bell. Pudding as she is affectionately known loves her new job and at her first BE80T at Skipton was placed 4th. We moved straight up to BE90 and was amazed to be placed 1st at Northallerton. Solihull was her 2nd 1st place in three events. I was so excited to have scored my best dressage test mark on her at the event of 26.5 then delighted to manage a double clear despite some green moments cross country. I am so excited about this gorgeous pony, my next event is Richmond BE90 then I am taking her to do the Yorkshire Challenge BE90 at Frickley.”
Other section results; BE90 Section C Claire Al-Redha; BE80(T) Section E Allison Murray, Conemara Boy; BE80(T) Section F Issy Insley, Highburren Lark; BE100 Section H Andrew James, Isalottie; BE100 Section J Lily Nicholson, Primatives Pebbles; BE100 Section K Annabel Mason, Creevagh Charm; BE100 Section L Hamish Clarke; BE100 Open Section M Maya Nicholson, Jacks Pride; Novice Section O Abigail Tomlinson, PN Hugo; Open Novice Section Q Sophie Brown, SBE Grafensbrook.
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