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Sarah Carless reports…
It was a bumper weekend of eventing action at Solihul’s second event of the 2017 season, with more than 550 entries across the weekend, in classes from BE80(T) to Open Novice.
Nicola Warren and Colliers Majestic Boy were the winners in BE90 Section B – their second victory of the year although this was their first win at this level. The pairing has also had three other top ten placings in affiliated competition and on this occasion they won on a score of 29.3. Nicola has been riding her winning mount Bagel, and Dinan Bouncer who was fifth in BE90 Section C, for Geoffrey and Lesley Anne Golbey for a few years whilst she works as a freelance rider and groom.
Nicola commented: “I had mainly show jumped, hunted and team chased before. I have done a small amount of dressage so I have done a lot of work on that element. I was thrilled with the result at the weekend. Bagel has improved so massively since the Golbey’s bought him. He couldn’t really canter and used to be so spooky on the cross country, but he’s a different horse now and I have so much fun on the pair of them. Bouncer has got in to the Blenheim eventer challenge and also has a Regional Final to do, and I have a handful of other events with both before the end of the season that I’m looking forward to.”
Aoife Clark had a successful weekend. As well as winning BE100 Section M with Homme Dhotot M, she had four other top five placings.
Solihull is a happy hunting ground for Maria Buck and Pandoras Diplomat. Having won at the same event last year, they repeated the feat 12 months later winning BE90 Section D. On their previous outing at Ascott Under Wychwood the pair placed fourth.
Maria told Eventing Worldwide: “Matt is the most delightful pony to ride and have at home. He loves his job. It’s so rewarding to win. I have been in Switzerland working for two months and only got back to the UK four days before the event. I have to thank my daddy who is also my trainer and has been working him to get him ready for the event at Solihull. I am so pleased to have another qualification for Badminton Grassroots. Matt and I have three regional qualifiers to do now.”
Lydia Haywood and Bonmahon JD were the winners in Novice Section Q, finishing on their dressage score of 29.5. Twenty-year-old Lydia one day hopes to represent Jamaica, and dedicates her time to training and competing her own and clients horses. The pair have had four top ten placings at Novice this year, and recently competed at The Festival of British Eventing in the Corinthian Cup.
Lydia told Eventing Worldwide: “I set my sights on eventing in 2012 when we imported Bonmahon JD from Ireland as a three-year-old and identified him as an incredible eventing prospect and therefore too special to sell on. He has certainly proved us to be right and I think we make a great team. I am lucky enough to have some of the best trainers assisting me on my journey to be the very best I can in my sport. At Solihull, there were elements of each phase that made this win extra special. The dressage judge kindly got out of her car to complement us adding that I’d made her day! Our training came together for a foot perfect shw jumping round and additionally we jumped a cracking cross country round to finish bang on the optimum time. Our next BE outing is the CIC* at Gatcombe and we are looking forward to moving onto Intermediate afterwards to be faced with some serious cross country obstacles as this is our favourite phase. We had to hold back from progressing up the levels for some time in order to stay eligible for The Festival of British Eventing Corinthian Cup class which we qualified for again. I am in the process of obtaining dual nationality and once my passport comes through I will have the pleasure of being Jamaica’s only event rider. Winning their first medal in any equestrian discipline will be a goal firmly in my sights.”
Other section results: BE90 Section A Alexandra Hopkins, Waldon Wild Ruby; BE90 Section C Sarah Gairdner, Lord Lorax; BE80(T) Section F Olivia Szajna, Clover Surprise II; BE80(T) Section G Bea Shepherd, Burley Mystic; BE80(T) Section H Josefien Snijder, Spellbound Lexicon; BE90 Open Section E Alexander Moor, Last Flight II; BE100 Section I Ed Eltham Jupita VIII; BE100 Under 18 Section J Oliver Jackson, De Goede Rees Darwin; BE100 Section K Louise Harwood, Tillinton Jet Setter; BE100 Section L Alice Pearson, Devi Z; BE100 Section N Emma Forsyth; BE100 Open Section O Owen Cooper, Jejokus B; Novice Under 18 Section P Thea Llewellin, Lakestreet Curoius; Novice Section R Greta Mason, Cafre First Melody; Novice Section S Becky Woolven, Everlyne; Open Novice Section T Erin Dobby, Breifne.
Photographs courtesy of TB Photographic