Tinky Morris reports …
With the event season beginning to get back into its usual swing, it was the turn of Solihull Riding Club to host competition ranging from BE80(T) to Open Novice. Martin Cox and Stuart Buntine designed the show-jumping and cross-country courses respectively, which proved to be a challenging yet achievable test for riders. Solihull Riding Club spoke to Eventing Worldwide about the weekend:
“We had some great examples of riding over the weekend, by top riders and amateurs alike. For lots of the riders it was their first event of the season and everyone was definitely glad to be back! We had lots of positive feedback about the courses and the ground was spot on after long hours of hard work from our dedicated grounds team. We couldn’t run these events without the help of our wonderful volunteer and officials base so we would like to extend a very sincere thank you to everyone who gave up their time to help make the weekend run so smoothly! Also a huge thank you to our brand new sponsor Aspen Cooling Ltd who will also be sponsoring our August BE, as well as our fence sponsors: 608 Equine Vets, Hogarths Solihull, Angel Risk, WeSharpen4U, and Equestrian Direct Surfaces.”
Of the 18 section winners, standout performances include Jodie Amos, who provided the weekend’s best dressage score of 16.8 in Novice Section P, 5.2 penalty points ahead of Section P’s next best dressage score. Sirius SB added just 2.8 time to achieve an incredible sub-20 finish. Jodie said:
“We’ve got some super young horses at the moment and it’s always rewarding when they start to show what they’re capable of on the day. Sirius SB is a real showman and has gained so much in strength this year. For the first time I thought our test was worthy of what he is capable of so to score a 16.8 dressage was pretty exciting and definitely a first! They are a really talented bunch of 7 years olds and I’ve got high hopes for all of them.”
Another combination that impressed within the white boards was Darren Hegan and Jensen Z, with an impressive score of 21.3 in BE80(T) Section G. Darren also finished 3rd in this section with Wonder Struck. He spoke to Eventing Worldwide about his day:
“I run my own equestrian business based in Crewe. It was a long day with 3 rides but all went superbly. Jensen Z won section G he is owned by Angela and Dr Melissa Siddorn from Broxton Hall Gallops. His plans are to contest the area festivals at 90 then move up to 100 through the season. Wonder Struck is a new ride for me this season he is owned by Susan Vella-Kniveton. This was his first ever event and he finished 3rd in section G, he will now move up to 90 level at Somerford Park. Lastly was my own horse Olympic Jubilee who just had a unfortunate run out on the XC but she will move up through the levels and the plan with all 3 is to have a successful season and hopefully gain some qualifications.”
Kat Raybould made it a double of wins with two of her rides, Baumanns Fleur and Daloubet Mansolein Z winning BE100 Sections K and L respectively. Both horses finished on their sub-25 dressage scores. Kat spoke to Eventing Worldwide about her day:
“Dalubet Mansolein Z or Otto as he is known at home is owned by myself and Jo Beavis. He’s a 6 yo and 17.2, as far from my usual type as possible but is such a lovely easy horse to produce, he wasn’t allowed to go xc at Ascot Under Wychwood due to being an unruly teenager in the SJ and decided that we needed to establish some control before he was allowed to gallop! He obviously thought long and hard about it as he was a star on Sunday leading from start to finish.
Baumanns Fleur is the new kid on the block and certainly making a beeline for star pony on the yard following her win at ascot last weekend with another win on Sunday. She is owned by Micheal Doo who is based in South Africa and who rode Fleur last year.
Horses are great levellers 2 wins followed by being bought down to earth (quite literally) by another horse in the 100!! That’s horses though!!”
Georgia Hadaway made an impressive BE debut with her ride Cynheidrefawr Ceidrych, adding just 0.8 time to their dressage score of 25 in BE90Ou18 Section E. She said:
“I ride Cynheidrefawr Ceidrych (George) for Fiona Spencer and have had him for 18 months now and Solihull was my BE debut. I knew he was capable of what we achieved but with such tough competition in the U18 section I knew it would be tough, the day went perfectly well posting a 25 dressage, clear showjumping and a clear xc with 0.8 speedy penalties to win by over 5 points!
Our aim is to complete our BE90 MERs and then step up to 100 and see where we get to really, my main aim is to enjoy this year with George!”
Another under 18 winner was Mia Harrison with her ride Whitehawk White Mist. They finished on a score of 27 and spoke to Eventing Worldwide:
“Hawk and I have been a combination for nearly three years now! He has always been a talented horse and really loves eventing. To have come first at only our second event is very exciting! I am so excited to see where this season takes us -hopefully stepping up the levels as we go. Solihull is a brilliant and friendly venue which I will most definitely be back with the youngsters, hoping they too can have a great time! A huge thank you to my wonderful mother who, not only introduced me to the sport, but who has helped me with it in every way possible.”
A huge congratulations is in order for all those that organised Aspen Cooling Ltd. Solihull (1) for providing a fabulous event for all riders. Solihull Riding Club return with their second event of the BE season in August.
Other winners include:
- BE100 Section M: Mister Moxie – Miss Tiana Coudray
- BE100Open Section N: Penhills Candy Man – Miss Marina Lawson-Smith
- BE100Ou18 Section I: The Honourable Kilkenny Class – Miss Poppy Clarke
- BE100oU18 Section J: Ardnore Vivendi – Miss Isabel Rugman
- BE80(T) Section H: Sapphire Noir – Miss Tia Lewis
- BE90 Section A: Tinkers Boy – Miss Hannah Parr
- BE90 Section B: LBC Treasure – Mr Stuart Ward
- BE90 Section C: Tangaluna – Miss Georgina Holland
- BE90Open Section D: Galtee Mick – Miss Lisa Freckingham
- Novice Section Q: Vintage Graffiti – Miss Alice Hallows
- Open Novice Section R: Halona A Sprig – Mr Jack Pinkney
- Open Novice u18 Section O: Inca VI – Miss Mahony Knight