Sarah Carless reports …
More than 400 combinations competed at the popular Speetley Horse Trials across 14 sections of British Eventing classes from BE80(T) to BE100.
BE100 Open Under 18 Section C was won by Dominic Murray and Miss Indigo. The Nottinghamshire-based 16-year-old is currently finishing his GCSE’s started eventin in 2016. Indie, is a 11 year old bay mare who he bought last December. His aim this year is to be selected for the Under 18 East Midlands Team for the Under 18 Championships at Frickley Park in July. He is also preparing for his first Novice at Buckminster Park.
Eventing Worldwide; “She’s super to ride and to handle as her temperament is amazing. When I found out my dressage score just before I was set to go cross country I couldn’t honestly believe it. When we bought Indie, our main area to improve was her dressage and I am so glad that the hard work is starting to pay off thanks to our lessons from Ian Woodhead. But also a big thank you to our show jump trainer, Ian Bennett, for all his help as it was great to record another double clear.
After I had gone and cross country I knew I had gone into the lead and it was a nervous wait until the section finished but when I found out I had won I was ecstatic! It meant so much to me and I was so pleased with Indi
British Eventing’S BE100 Arena Eventing Champion’s Sue Colley and Hendrik 24 continued their good season with a win in BE100 Section A. This was the pair’s third top ten placing having won the championship at Aston Le Walls back in April. They scored 24.0 in the dressage and added 3.2 time faults on the cross country to finish on a score of 27.2 – a winning margin of 3.2 penalties.
Helena O’Regan and Cloonkeen Supreme made it a winning start to their season with victory in BE90 Section G. The pair won by two penaities finishing on their dressage score of 24.5. Helena runs Stonehouse Equestrian in Packington, Ashby de la zouch and has returned to eventing following treatment for cancer.
Helena told Eventing Worldwide: I bought Ted from Ireland as a just broken four year old. I produced him for 6 months myself then a client at my livery and competition yard brought him from me where I continued with the ride and producing him. We then had several seasons with good results. But during 2013 I had a health issue with cancer and missed that season. Fortunately Ted is a real gem and I was able to continue riding through my treatments. Thankfully for Ted and running my yard kept me busy and spirits up. In 2014 I got back into some competing unaffiliated Eventing. He’s a very reliable, consistent and willing little horse and eager to please.
Winning Speetley with his 24.5 dressage which he usually excels at was a doable goal to be in the ribbons and equally riding for owner Sandra Taylor you want to do your best and be in the ribbons if possible on the day. I will be entering some more BE classes with the hope of doing a regional final for Badminton grassroots championships – it would be a dream come true for me as rider and Sandra as owner.”
BE80(T) Section M Jodie Burnley, Smooth Lady; BE80(T) Section N Emma Jane Fenwick, Brightville Billy.
Jodie Burnley was competing in her first British Eventing competition with Smooth Lady and they were victorious in BE80(T) Section M, winning by three penalties. The second BE80(T) (Section N) was won by Emma Jane Fenwick and Brightville Billy.
Following the successful running of the event organisers said: “I once again must congratulate the many volunteers for their professionalism, hard work and generosity. You were efficient, slick and above all very pleasant to the competitors. We have had many glowing reports and the success began from the car park, dressage, show jumping, XC, secretaries, scorers, control, commentators, BE officials, course builders to the cafe. Everyone played an important part in the mix of success!!! Even the weather did its very best for us! Well done to all involved and a massive heart felt Thank you. Competitors too were exemplary and remember, without you the hard work and dedication of the many would have been in vain.”
Other section results;BE100 Section B Rebecca Crosbie-Starling, Ballycreely Boy; BE100 Open Section D Samantha Molyneux, Feeling; BE90 Section E Silver Endeavour; BE90 Section F Kimberley Marshall, Evans Wood; BE90 Section H Mollie Hall, Zorro IX; BE90 Section I Vanessa Howdle, W Daramorquin; BE90 Open Section J Hattie Towns, Maximus Tiberius; BE100 Section K Jack Mantel, Srilanka Sky Graff; BE100 Section L Rachael Lupton, Shannondale Shagosha.
Photographs courtesy of Sue Westmoor
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