Sarah Wells-Gaston reports …
The second of Treborough Hill’s British Eventing’s fixtures attracted nearly 400 combinations competing across classes from BE80 through to Open Novice.
With the Young Horse Championships at Osberton fast approaching, riders are seeking to secure their qualification. At Treborough, there were classes for both Four-Year-Olds and Five-Year-Olds. Section M1 for Four-Year-Olds was won by Helen du Heaume and Napolean Z, whilst Section C for Five-Year-Olds was won by Lucinda Mesquita and Jandine. This was the pair’s eighth top 10 finish this season.
Steve Heal and Quidam De Lux, who have qualified for the Dubarry Burghley Young Horse Championship this coming week, secured victory in BE100 Plus Section E. It was their second win in a row, having won at West Wilts the previous week, and fifth victory of the year for the promising five-year-old gelding by the sire Boswell Mr Heart breaker. The pair have also qualified for the Young Horse Championships at Osberton.
It was a successful weekend for Taggy Forester-Bennett who secured two wins. With New Star II, owned by Alison Trezies, she took victory in BE90 Section F and Future Gravite, owned by Julie Hodkin, took her to victory in Novice Section I.
New Star II lead from start to finish with HIS dressage of 28.8 in the pair’s first event together.
Taggy commented on her Facebook page: “We’ve formed a real partnership over the time he’s been here and today showed it.
Of Guture Gravite’s win she commented that it was the perfect set up for her Intermediate debut next month. She added: “I feel very lucky to have such a top team behind me and to have found the owners I have in my short career so far. I’m having the best time.”
Jasmine Bigg was the winner of BE80(T) Section N with Galando. Jasmine was recently named as a member of the South West Team for the BE90 Regional Team Championships.
Jasmine told Eventing Worldwide; “It was fantastic to be out winning after a sticky start to the season with both a rider and a horse injury at different times. We now have plans to go back up to BE90 level at launceston then we have a regional final ticket to use at Pontispool . And then we have the team championship. I am absolutely delighted to have been chosen. I love that this new team event is offered to those at grassroots levels. While I have two young children I have no plans to ride at higher levels although I have done in the past, it is great that there is plenty to aim for at these levels.”
Looby Marsden and Our Star Jim scored their third win of the year in BE90 Section G. Looby told Eventing Worldwide: “I was absolutely over the moon with our win at Treborough. Last time we ran here we were in the lead by quite a way but unfortunately had a stop at fence 13 on the cross country, which was also in the course last week. After some training we decided to start Kido differently, slightly adapt my riding to suit his way of going and put a flair nose strip on to see if that would help with the hills, as we think Kido sometimes holds his breath. I think the combination of all three things has really helped and Kido gave me a really confident cross country round. So when I came through the finish clear and with just under a minute left on my watch I thought I had done it but wasn’t sure until I heard it over the loud speaker. Kido’s owner Karen, my Mum and I were all thrilled to bits. Next stop is Regional Finals at Pontispool and then hopefully a BE100 at Bovington all being well. Let’s hope we can finish the season on the high that we’re currently on.”
Other results:BE100 Section A Hannah Bailey, Rosewater Danny Boy; BE100 Section B Sam Gillespe, GFS Moonlight Echo; BE100 Open Section D Harry Rowecliffe, My Kiltealy Sandstorm; Open Novice Section H Flora Lickiss; BE90 Section L Fiona Rowle, Igougo; BE90 Section L Emily Weeks, Corker Buachaill; BE90 Section M Nathalie White, Liddimore Rocket; BE90 Open Section L1 Ben Lee Liles, Shanna Gizmo; Novice Section J Jack Whiteford, Louisbourg C; BE80 (T) Section O Hayley Ford, Crimson Gold; BE100 Section P Archie Hare, SES Hurricane.
Images courtesy of Sophie Robins