Jody Millin reports…
October 7th – 11th saw one of the biggest weekends of what has been a very strange season as Thoresby hosted the Osberton Young Horse Championship for 6 and 7 year olds alongside their International classes. It was quickly and affectionately dubbed #Thorsberton by the riders and there were many a compliment made for the venue organisers.
The CCI S YH2* proved to be very hot competition with nearly 70 entires. The class was won by Piggy March aboard Cooley Goodwood. They completed on a score of 24.6.
Tom March told me that Cooley Goodwood was bought by Susie Wood from Richard Sheane at Cooley Farm in Ireland as a 4yo. He is out of Obos Quality and he has been with Piggy for two years and she aims to keep him to produce through the levels with her sights on the 7yo National Championship at Osberton and the World Young Horse Championship at Le Lion D’Angers next year. Piggy has been delighted with his progress as he was still a little green at the beginning of the year. She is looking forward to an exciting future with him and says he has plenty of ability.
Piggy also took third place in the CCI S YH3* with I Diablo Joe, owned and bred by Geoff Burton. I Diablo Joe has previously won the BYEH as a 4yo and came to Piggy at the end of 2019. He was selected for Le Lion this year but sadly was another casualty to Covid_19 as his owner was not able to accommodate the quarantine required on return due to work commitments, so he was re directed to Thoresby where he pulled out this super result. Tom said, “ He is a horse that has quite low mileage so Piggy will continue to produce him until he is ready to move up the levels. He is very smart in the dressage and she believes he is another exciting prospect to look forward to next season”.
Not to be left out, Piggy’s third horse Sportsfield Top Notch finished 2nd in the CCI L 3*. He is owned by the March Stud and has been ridden by Piggy for three years, in that time they have won the 7yo Championship at Osberton in 2019 as well as the 2* at Chatsworth. He is very established and she will look to move him up to Advanced/4* next spring and he will be aimed at the 8/9year old at Aston Le Walls and then the 8/9yo at Blenheim. It’s fair to say that the team have a wonderful string of horses for 2021, a season that I’m sure everyone will agree can never come too quickly!
Another young lady who is continuing to make a name for herself is Bubby Upton. She is no stranger to the top and is another rider who is continually producing young horses to this level. She finished in 3rd place in the CCI S YH2* with Cooley As Ice. Bubby told me that she has had Cooley As Ice since he was 4 years old and he was another gem bought from Richard Sheane at Cooley Farm in Ireland.
“I am extremely grateful to Richard for finding me him as he really is just pure class and the feeling I get when I ride him is beyond exciting!”
Bubby will step him up to Intermediate and 3* next season and he will be aimed at the 7yo Championships. He is owned by Fiona Van Tuyll and Erica Burrows.
Bubby also had Magic Roundabout IV in the CCI L 3* and finished 13th. A fantastic result having only had him a few months!!! She told me how she came to have him,
“ Piggy rang me one day and said ‘ I’m on my way to yours with Magic and you need to try him’ …”.
She said after getting on him, he never left the yard!! She has lots of work to do to get him where she wants him and will aim him for 4* next season, however having a top 3 finish already proves to be a very exciting 2021 season for her too!!
The CCI S YH3* was won by Tom Jackson riding HH Moonwalk owned by Lexi & JC Hambro and May-Britt Wedd. Completing on their fantastic dressage score of 26, Tom said “ I couldn’t have asked any more from him this week being relatively inexperienced he really did try his heart out!! “
2nd was Gaspard Maksud Zaragoza II, 3rd Piggy March I Diablo Joe, 4th, Georgie Strang Darcy De La Rose, 5th Austin O Connor Isazsa.
The CCI L3* was won by Izzy Taylor on Hartacker, a 2012 gelding by Spartacus. They completed on their dressage score of 25.7. The section had 120 entries and the results were as follows:
2nd Piggy March Sportsfield Top Notch 26.6, 3rd Oliver Jackson Viktor Kris 28.5, 4th James Avery Sportsfield Lord Livesey 29.4, 5th Caroline Harris Miss Pepperpot 29.5.
Will Rawling had an unfortunate fall in the water however was quick to brush himself off and make light of the disappointing situation by sharing the photograph of the fall with a very amusing caption!
The CCI L 2* was won by Sian Davies-Cooke riding Intentiew. They completed on a 27.8 in a section where a clear cross country in the time was very influential. 2nd was Serena Kullich and Cognac Des Iris completing on 28.1. 3rd was Jamie-Lee Day on Hanleen Didjeridoo, 4th was Izzy Taylor with Cooley on the Cards and 5th was Susie Berry and Carolines Air KM.
CCI S YH2*
1st, Piggy March Cooley Goodwood, 2nd, Hayden Hankey Head Up, 3rd Bubby Upton Cooley As Ice, 4th Craig Barr Dasset Curra Candy, 5th Kristina Hall-Jackson Juela.
All eyes will now look to the relocated Five Year Old Championship which will now take place at Oasby (2) Horse Trials (24-25 October 2020).