Kc Hains reports…

A late Easter weekend brought with it un-seasonably good weather in time for the first fixture of the season hosted by Solihull Riding Club. The popular midlands event had more than just excellent weather to boast with a well built, inviting track taking a similar route to 2017, with the Show Jumping taking place in their outdoor arena. The weekend hosted a variety of classes from BE80 to Novice, incorporating Open classes as well as the ON under 18 section.

Lucas Poole kicked the weekend off in BE90 Section A taking the win on 25.5 penalties with the 16 year old Gelding Wonderboy, Phoebe Anderson and 11 year old Med Night Attitude Too finished hot on their heels adding their second placing of the season to their results.

Jessica McLeod impressively added their third win of the season to Rhydant Duffy’s record in section C of the 90 class.

“It was our first time eventing at Solihull and we thoroughly enjoyed our day, helped by how smoothly the event ran. I thought They’d done an excellent job creating good questions for the level in both the Show Jumping and XC.” Said Jessica. “I’ve owned and produced Rhydant Duffy for 5years, he’s had a great start to his season”

Abigail Boulton took the top spot in the hotly contested BE90 Open section with the 9 year old mare May Day, whilst Georgie Rockingham finished up just 0.1 penalties behind with Olaris Beech. Camilla Earnshaw with Trinity Chill Out took the win in the first of the BE80(T) sections on Saturday, it was the 5 year olds first affiliated event and proved to be a very positive start to his career.

Erica Murphy with Welton Artemis took the win in the second of the BE80(T) sections, finishing on their dressage of 28. Amy Bevans with the 6 year old Gelding by Obos Quality, Anna’s Delight, had an impressive start to their season finishing up second on their dressage of 31.8.

“I had a fantastic day at my first event of the season at Solihull Horse Trials. The event was very well run and the course was perfect. The day was topped off with my first double clear resulting in an amazing second place!” recalled Amy.

Sunday morning saw the continuation of the summer like weather in time for the Novice sections take the stage. The first of the Novice sections saw 21 year old Georgie Frow and TS Shanghai take the win, adding just 0.8 time faults to their 27.8 dressage, marking the 7year olds first win at this level. Georgie who currently works for Ros Canter has produces the gelding from a 4 year old and hopes to go Intermediate this season with Ros Canter’s invaluable guidance.

Sarah Beadle and her own Completely Mint finished on their dressage of 28.3 to take the top spot from Susie Berry and Kilcandra Capitol in section K of the Novice classes.

“After walking the course I thought it looked fairly tough but he ate it up! Not bad for a horse that was frightened of a log on the floor 3 years ago!” said Sarah, who also won the prize for best overall Novice rider. “I’m a mum to 3 kids who just rides for some respite, but I am seriously excited about this horse and I can’t wait to do our first 2*!”

Local Badminton bound Nicky Hill had a successful day with 3 up and coming horses, finishing up 5th in the Novice with Galley Proof and 6th with Great Demeanor, both of whom are ex-racehorses.

“Galley Proof ran on the flat a couple of times, then came to me to learn to jump and start eventing last year. He is proving very talented with a massive jump and had a really good run at Solihull for 5th place” said Nicky. “Great Demanor ran 35+ times over fences before retraining last year. He has just stepped up to Novice and has just started to click and understand what it is all about. We are chuffed with his lovely double clear and good dressage for 6th” “Solihull is one of our local events and is always well run and friendly. Both courses I walked were really well presented and provided plenty of questions but rode well” commented Nicky.

The Open Novice section was taken by Jason Hobbs aboard the 9 year old gelding Rusticoats, kicking their 2019 season off to a good start. Jessica Corser had both a busy and incredibly successful weekend with 5 horses running across the event, most notably finishing up both first and second in the ONu18.

“Boozey (Class Booze Cruise) did a good test and then jumped a classy clear round in the Show Jumping where many horses were having problems. He cruised round the Cross Country with ease to take the early lead in our section.” Said the junior rider, who is trained by Imogen Murray.

“I thought Duke (Moangarriff Duke) would like a let up run round a Novice before heading to Rockingham for the CCI3* – we weren’t aiming to be competitive! He made light work of the SJ after posting a 28 dressage. A steady run on the cross country saw us home clear inside the time finishing on our dressage score to knock Class Booze Cruise off the top spot and into second place! I didn’t expect to win! So taking the top two places was a real surprise.” Commented a delighted Jessica.

The weekend was rounded up by the final BE100 sections, Kylie Roddy held off Izzy Taylor to take their second win of the season in section O aboard Ringwood Gold Dust, finishing on their competitive dressage of 22.8. Meanwhile Olivia Hoyland took the win in the final BE100 section with the 15 hand mare Mis Fantastic.

“Solihull is always one of my favourite events! Dottie (Mis Fantastic) certainly lives up to her name and has come out on flying form this season, with a second and Goring Heath and now a win. Looking forward to the rest of the season!” said Olivia.

All Section Winners

BE90 Sec A – Lucas Poole / Wonderboy
BE90 Sec B – Jen Clements / Pick N Mix II
BE90 Sec C – Jessica McLeod / Rhydant Duffy
BE90 Open Sec D – Abigail Boulton / May Day
BE90 Sec E – Clio Georgiadis / Urikaine
BE80(T) Sec F – Camilla Earnshaw / Trinity Chill Out
BE80(T) Sec G – Erica Murphy / Welton Artemis
BE100 Sec H – John-Paul Sheffield / Be Careful As
BE100 Sec I – Katie Gordon / Esh Stryder
Novice Sec J – Georgie Frow / TS Shanghai
Novice Sec K – Sarah Beadle / Completely Mint
Novice Sec L – Lauren Yallop / Billy Beaufort
Open Novice Sec M – Jason Hobbs / Rusicoats
ONU18 Sec N – Jess Corser / Moangarriff Duke
BE100 Sec O – Kylie Roddy / Ringwood Gold Dust
BE100 Sec P – Olivia Hoyland / Mis Fantastic
BE100Open Sec Q – Sasika Davies / Singing Usk

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