Sarah Wells-Gaston reports ..
It was a busy three days of competition at the Haygain Tweseldown event, the second of the venue’s British Eventing fixtures this year. Competition over the 24 sections ranged from BE90 to Open Intermediate, and included a Novice Regional Final for the Festival of British Eventing.
Jack Pickney scored a double of wins on Sunday, topping BE100 Section H with Clevedon Tezmaynia and BE100 Open Section M with Billy Hennessy.
Tweseldown is known for its well-built courses that pose riders with some thought-provoking moments and this event proved no exception. Yet overall the courses rode well. Throughout the BE90 sections, Fence 8 – the second of the water fences – was the most influential with 30 combinations collecting penalties here. For the BE100 sections, the second water also proved influential (Fence 9) as did Fence 13 – with both seeing 13 combinations awarded penalties at these fences. Two fences in the Novice were equally influential, Fences 15 and 16, with both seeing 15 combinations penalised. In the Intermediate classes fences 10, 11, 12, 13 20 and 21 were the fences to cause the greatest number of issues,
Having finished sixth in the Mitsubishi Motors Cup BE90 Championship earlier in May, Amanda Bettle and Ysgwynfawr Fergus topped BE90 Section A. The combination tied on a score of 24.3 with second placed Katie Carss and Raffiti but took the win by virtue of being closer to the optimum time. Janine Collishaw and Ballygriffin Bonbon have had a flyer of a start to 2019, finishing in the top ten on each of their four outings this year. They topped BE90 Section F. Deborah Fisher and Woodline Lady picked up their second win of the season in BE90 Section C.
Rebecca Jessett and Percivals Rebel topped BE100 Section K. Rebecca had qualified for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup at Badminton, but was forced to withdraw after the dressage, and the win at Tweseldown gave her a real boost.
Rebecca commented: “I was initially just glad to go clear show jumping as we’ve been suffering with 4 fault-itis this season so far. We also had a very disappointing Mitsubishi Motors Cup three weeks ago after Percy had a nasty adverse reaction to his vaccination and subsequently an abscess which meant withdrawing after the dressage phase. We really needed this uplift and it couldn’t have come at a better time. We just need to qualify again for 2020.”
Angela Molson was pleased with her sixth placed in BE100 Section J. Angela is a Business Development Manager for a horse bedding company based near Wootton Bassett. Minnie is a 15.1hh TB, bred and trained for flat racing but never saw the track.
Angela told Eventing Worldwide: “I have produced Minnie from a three-year-old, and this is a third season eventing. It’s our first event this season and my first-time riding at Tweseldown since 2009. We are aiming to move up to Novice in August. Tweseldown is fantastic, it is so well run, the volunteers are so cheerful, helpful and make you feel so at ease. The courses ask questions but reward bold, accurate riding and are such fun to ride, especially when you are sat on something like my horse who jumps for fun and has a real love for her job. I’m really, really happy with how our day went, a respectable test followed up with an enthusiastic double clear. I forgot to set my watch on cross country so let her go around on cruise control, which ended up leaving us with a couple of too fast time penalties which pushed us from 4th to 6th- my fault and the dangers of riding a racing bred thoroughbred!”
Callum Banfield had a great weekend at Tweseldown placing second and sixth in BE90 Open Section G. He was placed second with Kivaldi and sixth with Bad Boy D Allez. Callum
Callum told Eventing Worldwide: “For Jordon who was second, it was her first event back after falling at Poplar in March. Buzby, who came 6th, is a new ride this year and it was our first double clear together and his best ever dressage. We’ve had a bit of an up and down start to the season after the fall but I’m trying to get out as much as possible. Tweseldown is one of my local events and know the course well We arrived late and the lovely team slotted us in and the whole team were very friendly. The course rode great, I didn’t get a chance to walk it so two lovely ladies talked me through it in the warm up and I hoped for the best! Hopefully Jordan will go 2* this year. Buzby will hopefully step up to BE100 soon.”
Picking up fifth placed in Novice Section S was Amy Howe with Quilates Primeiro Fihlo. It is their third top ten placing of the year.
Amy told Eventing Worldwide: “I first met Felix four years ago at Esperanza Dressage, where I was working and he was originally started under saddle before returning for further training. It was then a year or so later that I was asked by his breeder, Liz Smith, if I would be interested in eventing him. By lusitano stallion Quilate, he is perhaps not the most conventional event horse and nor is he the most naturally bold, however he does have an enormous heart and is an out and out trier and I feel this season it is all finally coming together. We have had a great start thus far with top ten placings at three of our four runs, including our most recent result at Tweseldown. I don’t think I could have asked for a nicer cross country track than the one we were presented with on Monday. There was plenty to jump with some stronger questions later on but the first third of the course eased us in nicely and I could feel Felix growing with confidence as we progressed. By the time we reached the bogey fence, a coffin combination at fifteen, he was feeling very game. He did have a bit of a gawp at the water filled ditch but I think this worked in my favour as he was very bold over the log pile at part A, and so this then gave me amble time to set him up for the triple brush out which came up quickly after. Once that was out the way I let the handbrake off and we cruised home to complete with just the 2.4 time faults, which for a horse that has taken the best part of three years to learn how to gallop, I was very pleased with! We next head to Berkshire College before contesting the CCI-S 2* at Brightling and then the Corinthian Cup at the Festival of British Eventing. After that I think we’ll play it by ear, but if things continue along the same vein I don’t think an intermediate will be out of the question towards the end of the season.”
Olivia Craddock is shortly moving to Ireland and Tweseldown marked her last competitive outing in England for a while. Olivia, who is going to work for Richard Ames, had two rides and finished eighth with Hail Hebe in Novice Section S – a horse that was bred by her bred by her boyfriend’s mum and who is owned by Alison Harnans. Her second ride, Jane Butler’s Redinagh Keen Edge was 11thin Novice Section R.
Olivia commended: “She has surpassed every expectation – only last year she was doing BE90s and has now jumped clear cross country at all four of her novices. Show jumping is her weak phase but Ian Wills has been incredibly helpful and it’s improving all the time. Her aim will be a CCI2*L in the future.”
Novice Section R was won by Andrew Heffernan and CSF Teddy – their second win in a row, having been victorious at Keysoe at the start of May. Josh Moore and Funny Boy Fortuna topped a competitive Open Novice Under 18 Section (Section O) whilst Pippa Funnell and Billy Wonder booked their place at the Festival of British Eventing with a win in the Novice Regional Final (Section T2). Funnell was also the victor in Open Intermediate Section W with Billy Walk On. Austin O’Connor also had a successful event picking up two victories – Novice Section P with Silver Don, and Intermediate Section T1 with Calvin II.
Other section results: BE90 Section B Angus Humfrey, Hebbes; BE90 Section D Eleanor Peake, Touch of Frost IV; BE90 Section E Alex Colborn, Rouaddi Cruise Carel; BE90 Open Section G Melissa Joannides, Craan Bob; BE100 Section I Kevin McNab, Cute Girl; BE100 Section J Charlotte Faulkner, Archimedes X; BE100 Open Section N Helena Yates, Highmead Proposition; Novice Section P Austin O’Connor, Silver Don; Novice Section Q Gaspard Maksud, Zaragoza II;; Novice Section S Amanda Brieditis, Stald Lilleskovs Cool Raffi; Intermediate Section U Sophie Jenman, Quantanamo Z; Intermediate Section V Chris Burton Coup De Couer Dudevin.
Images courtesy of TB Photographic