Event reports sponsored by Caunton Manor Stud
Millie Wain reports..
Swalcliffe Horse Trials ran two days of grassroots level competition and despite the challenging British weather conditions, the organisers put on a successful event that was greatly praised by its competitors. The popular fixture held classes ranging from BE80(T) to BE100 level, including regional finals and Under 18 sections.
Clare Bosley had a convincing win in BE100RF section L aboard Tremeer; they achieved the best dressage score of the weekend with 20.3 penalties and added nothing to that, taking the top spot by over 9 penalties. They are an experienced combination, having stated eventing in 2010. EWW caught up with Clare following her win:
“I was absolutely thrilled to win. Tremeer was so relaxed in testing conditions. We had torrential rain and it was really windy – her dressage has been a bit excitable at events for the last 2 years because she knows that the show jumping and cross country are next, but this year she has really chilled out, scoring her best ever mark of 20.3. The jumping conditions were testing but she jumped amazingly to be double clear. I was hoping just to scrape a qualification slot; I never dreamt that we would win.
We had a quiet winter from October to the end of December. In January, we started to get out, doing unaffiliated dressage at Novice and Elementary level as well a bit of show jumping. The elementary dressage has really helped her to get stronger. She loves the more you ask of her and she really tries. I used my remaining annual leave from work to get her to gallops, cross country schooling in an arena, show jumping training and having weekly dressage lessons as we got closer to the Regional Finals.
I am a Recruitment/HR Manager working for Birmingham City Council. I do all of Tremeer’s exercising after work. I have owned her since she was a 4 year old and she is 15 this year. She was bred by Preci Horses; her Sire is Fleetwater Opposition. She has a wonderful character, is very loving and loves people. She has a mare’s attitude but absolutely loves her job. She is so brave. We have a great partnership built on lots of trust so she will always try her best for me.”
Daisy Amin won the BE100u18 section with the experienced Union Fortunus. This was their third consecutive win, having picked up two wins at the end of last season. At Swalcliffe, they were one of only two combinations in the section to post a sub-30 dressage score and added 4.4 cross country time penalties to their first phase score. Second place in this section was Chantelle Boyden riding Boy IV and third place went to Bronte Monks with Ardeo Fun Size. Just 0.6 penalties separated 2nd to 4th, with cross country time penalties proving to be influential. EWW spoke to Daisy Amin following her win:
“It was such a lovely surprise to win at Swalcliffe and I totally wasn’t expecting it. I had early times and it was pouring with rain and so my test wasn’t as relaxed as it could have been. On the cross country, I decided not to look at my watch and just ride in a slow rhythm because the ground was slippery and it was his first run this year.
I’ve really been working hard on my dressage with my trainer Charlie and have been trying to get out show jumping around a course once a week with Jenna and Rachel so that I can work on getting a good consistent canter and rhythm all the way round. I’m very lucky in that Union Fortunus has been beautifully produced by Phoebe Locke and has a lot of experience so we can work on developing a partnership together. I should still have 1 more year in ponies but sadly lost my pony at the beginning of the year; I was reserve last year in him for the British pony team. Riding a horse is completely different and so I’m currently enjoying just getting to know Uni and developing our partnership.”
The winner of BE90 section E was Niamh Warburton riding Wil Celtic Gumdrop, a 6-year-old gelding. This was the combination’s first event and they led from start to finish with a score of 24 penalties and 0.4 cross country time penalties. In second place was Rebecca Amos with Attyrory Mickey Jnr, who added 4 penalties from the show jumping to their dressage score of 28 penalties. They completed on the same score as Isabel Bhatia and Clintonstown Windy but were closer to the optimum time of 4 minutes and 53 seconds around David Evans ‘ and Richard Taylor’s cross-country course.
Sam Gillespie took first place in a BE100 section aboard the talented 6-year-old mare GFS Moonlight Echo. The partnership has consistently achieved dressage scores in the low-20s and follow such scores up with double clears, accumulating 84 foundation points in six completions. Sam posted on his Facebook page (Sam Gillespie Eventing) after his success and praised the organisers for their work:
“A super day for GFS Moonlight Echo, owned by Jackie Lançon, kicking off her season in style! She was great in all three phases scoring 23.5 in the dressage and adding just a couple of time to take the WIN on 25.9.
She’s so consistent and feeling more than ready to step up to novice and is proving to be a really exciting 6yo.
Despite the rain and miserable conditions, the team at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian did a great job of keeping the show on the road!
The top 4 combinations in the BE100open section finished on their dressage scores. The winners of section J were Julia Fairbank and Shannondale Sonoma. They have had great success at this fixture over the years; since 2015, they have never been out of the top 4 and have picked up 3 wins along the way. The pair had a comfortable win, being 4.5 penalties ahead of second place, which went to Sophie Jenman aboard Quantanamo Z.
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