Popular with South-West grassroots competitors, Treborough Hill held it second and final British Eventing fixture for this season over the 25th-26th July, providing classes to accommodate for all competitors up to Novice level, including KBIS 4YO and 5YO qualifiers.
Padraig McCarthy took full advantage of the 4YO qualifier riding three horses in the section, which paid off as he collected qualifying tickets along with 1st, 2nd and 4th. Sarah Gough’s Pomp N Ceremony won the section on an impressive 23.3, wife Lucy McCarthy’s MGH Jessica placed 2nd on 28.3, and finally 4th place was held by Jabir (also owned by Lucy). Tim Cheffings and the consistent young horse Sir Alex III took 3rd, sitting between Padraig’s rides.
Jamie-Lee Day collected 1st place in the KBIS 5YO section with Imagination II, taking the qualifying spot for the 5YO championships at Osberton. Imagination was sourced by EWW editor Jessica Crocker and purchased by Jamie-Lee at the end of last season. The combination finished on their 31.5 dressage mark, to finish ahead of Kat Raybould and Neffect S who finished on 32.3, and Dani Evans who took 3rd with Bonmahon Rira. Jamie told Eventing Worldwide “Walter gave me a really consistent, mature performance especially across the country where he was foot perfect. I am really very pleased with his win and I am excited to now be heading to Osberton 5yo Champs with him next month”
Jamie-Lee’s win was not the only win to come out of her yard over the weekend, when Jess Elliott and Carwarthen Harrier claimed Open Novice section F2. Jess, who is a vet nursing assistant at B&W Equine Vets, is based with Jamie-Lee on her yard in Shipham, and this was the combinations first competition back since tackling the 2* at Brightling in July.
“I’ve had Harry since he was a just broken 4yo, he’s my only horse. I never imagined we would go on and compete this high up (as I’m a real wimp!), but he really feels like my horse of a lifetime and makes it all feel so achieve able.
“The win was great, we had just done our first 2* at the end of July at Brightling then he had a little break after, so was great to come back out and have a win before carrying on our season. Treborough was perfect for our first run back such a lovely friendly event and we had a lovely sunny day to go with it!” Jess commented.
Another rider to compliment the South-West event was 4* event rider Becky Woolven, who piloted 6-year-old Maggies Law to a win in Novice section F2, the Mill Law sired mare’s first win at this level.
Becky commented: “I really liked Treborough – it’s a beautiful event as well as being incredibly friendly. The going was very good.
“Maggie was bred by her owner Caroline Payne, so the win means a huge amount! I’ve been riding her since she was 4. She’s only done a few novices so we plan to stay at this level for now to consolidate.”
Cornish riders were out in force, with winners at BE90 and BE100 level. Redruth based Sarah-Jane Brown made the journey worthwhile when she rode her “wonder pony” Rising Sun Lady to victory in BE100 section B, their second consecutive win at this level after winning at Treborough’s first fixture earlier in the year.
Sarah-Jane, who is known for her popular Eventing blog Shoestring Eventing, commented on her Facebook page:
“So the superstar pocket rocket did it again with another win at Treborough. 27 dressage, 4ft show jumping and clear inside the time cross country.
“Huge thanks to the team Treborough Hill Ltd for another fabulous event.”
Alexandra Reeve, from Launceston near the Cornish boarder, continued her successful season after winning BE90 section L on the stallion For Ever. Treborough was only the combinations second event together, as Alex explained:
“Treborough was only his second BE and it was the first time we had travelled him with a mare. We were told he would be good and he was impeccably behaved. The weather conditions were horrendous with wind and driving rain but he was so calm and did a lovely consistent test. With the weather as it was just went straight into both Showjumping and cross country and he just took it all in his stride.
“I rode Fritz once three years ago and loved him then. I jumped at the chance to buy him nearly a year ago and he has instantly become part of the family. He really is my Mr Reliable and gives me so much confidence it really helps with my other rides. He is such a pleasure to have around and is definately my Forever horse.”
Lizzie Luxton and Willy Wonka II had a perfect run before the step up to BE90 with a second consecutive BE80(T) win in section O.
“Willy Wonka belongs to Beth Taylor and he came to me a few weeks before Launceston Horse Trials as he wasn’t keen on drop fences or ditches. He then stayed with me and he won his section at that event, so to win again at Treborough and have him feeling confident across country was lovely and he will now step up to BE90 at Pontispool,” Lizzie, who is based in Lifton, Devon, explained.
“The weather was absolutely awful on the Sunday but the volunteers and organisers were brilliant and efficiently got me through my fpur rides without any hold ups.”
Lizzie placed in the top six on all of her rides, including two 2nd places. Grantstown Clara was 2nd in BE90 section M, MHS Thirty Three was 2nd in BE100 section P and Cruise Breaker was 6th in BE90 section L.
Finishing ahead of Lizzie and MHS Thirty Three in section P to take the top spot was American rider Natasha Miro, riding Mypromisetwojoan, who was based in California with Natasha before coming to the UK. The win highlighted that Natasha’s decision to move ‘Promise’ to the UK with her was worth it.
“This win means a lot to me because I have had Promise since he was five and just off the track and I have been the only person to ever compete him. Both Promise and I were born and raised in California but I brought him over here when I came to uni and this shows me it wasn’t a completely crazy thing to do! It also confirms that we are ready to go novice which we will be doing at our next event!” The University of St Andrews student said.
Natasha and Promise, who are based with Team Bleekman in the summer, and train with show jumpers Stephen and Angus Iohaor when at university over the winter months, received one of the best dressage marks of the event with 22.5. Their impressive mark paired with two good jumping rounds gave her the edge over their fellow competitors.
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