Cat Jamieson reports….
Held over the weekend of 19th to 21st May 2018, classes over the three days ranged from BE 90 to Intermediate, incorporating the final Pony Trial before the championships, and a Novice Regional Final for the Festival of British Eventing.
Amateurs and professional alike, it made for a great three days eventing with Kitty King on Cristal Fontaine posting the lowest winning score of the weekend, finishing on her dressage of 19.6 to win the Novice Regional Final (Section U) and qualify for the Festival of British Eventing.
Freddie Carden was the winner of BE100 Under 18 Section I with Flectcher Christian, on a score of 31. This tied them with second placed Poppy Pugh and Knockmanus Flight.
Freddie commented: “I have had him for a year and a bit. He is such a good horse and has a lovely nature. My plans for him is to carry on with the 100u18 classes to try and get selected for the Frickley Under 18 championships, it would be a really nice thing to go. But my other aim is to go novice on him by the end of season. “
Poppy commented: “31 dressage and a foot perfect double clear inside the time to come second. We were on the joint winning score but they were closer to the optimum. I couldn’t be happier with Arthur, and it was so nice to catch up with everyone in the South East under 18s.”
There were two Pony Trial sections; Section M was won by Saffie Osbourne and Little Indian Feather. Ellie Healy came second in this class, just 0.4 penalties behind the winner with Midnight Dancer II.
Ellie commented: “I have had him for nearly 4 years, we bought him from Ireland as a just backed 4-year-old and he is now 8, we have been competing in trials and 1* for a year and a half now and aiming to be long listed for the Europeans this year with him. If not, I would like to go abroad and do a 1* to finish my time with him as I am out of ponies this year. He has been my pony of a lifetime and I have loved every minute of bringing him up the levels!”
Pony Trial Section N was won by Freya Partridge and Master Macky, a combination who have not been out of the top three in their events this season.
Clare Mowbray was the winner of BE90 Section D on Shannondale Tudor with a score of 25.3. The pair were 10thon their previous outing at Solihull.
Clare commented: “He’s 17.1, according to his passport but probably closer to 17.3, Irish Heinz 57. He’s 14 – I’ve had him since he was 5 and we managed to do the BE90 championship at Badminton last year. We didn’t do much the second half of last year as I busy. This year we’ve managed 2 runs out of 7 entries – a combination of bad weather and he had a couple of niggles. Ideally, I want to step up to 100 – we did a few last year -with fairly indifferent results – jockey and showjumping! He’s quite cheeky and loves human attention, loves a trip to an event and especially sharpens up at the sound of a quad bike and a cross country whistle – he will nap towards the start box. I think he put some extra effort in at Tweseldown as he’s heard if he gets too old to event he might have to do dressage. We’ve had one BD outing and he’s not impressed at the thought of doing dressage without cross country.
Tom Rowland winner of the Intermediate section P with Freshman’s Minstrel, on a score of 32.3. The pair re-routed to Tweseldown after withdrawing from the CIC** at Rockingham.
Tom commented: “What a difference 48 hours makes. At Rockingham 2* the tight show jumping distances didn’t suit Charlie, so we re routed to here today, where he got into a great rhythm for a 27 fast double clear. I’m looking forward to another 2* crack soon.”
Lissa Green was also a winner, topping Intermediate Section Q with Med Night Trafford Mignonette. A thrilled Lissa commented: “Minnie did it. I always believed in this mare, with her gol dust attitude, would come good. It’s taken time to slowly change her balance and we still don’t have the finished product, but what a step she made today. Achieving a 29.3 in the dressage even with a couple of misunderstandings and a world class double clear, I didn’t even turn my watch on for cross country and she flew round.”
As well the winners, lots of other riders were pleased with their successful weekend.
Francis Whittington had a successful weekend with his horses, commenting: “DHI Purple Rain carried on his Purple patch with a 26 dressage and double clear to come 3rd in the NRF to Qualify for Gatcombe. Excellent R had his first run since Belton for 7th in the Intermediate and both the youngsters skipped round the 100 for their last run before the step up to Novice.”
Harry Meade, who competed at Tweseldown on the Monday, said“Seven year old Red Kite was on form in the intermediate, he did another super test to lead the dressage on a score of 25 and jumped a classy but steady double clear to finish 2nd, Gideon was close behind him in 3rd place, both head to Ireland next week for their first 3de at Tattersalls.”
Jack Mariani finished 8th in BE100 Under Section H commenting: “I have had Curraghchase silver (AJ) for three years now and have built a strong relationship in those years. I have done three 100u18’s so far which have counted for this year. South of England which we won, Chilham where we came 11th and Tweseldown(2) where we came 8th. We have a few competitions soon which I am looking forward to one of them is 100u18 at Bored Hill and Berkshire college ONu18 which would be our first novice. In the future, I would love to represent the South East at the regional U18 championships at Frickley Park.”
Jess Cross was 8th in BE100 Under 18 Section I with Sable and commented: “My horse is 10 years old and is 15.3; we currently compete at BE100 and are based in the south east. Our plans for the rest of the season is to keep completing double clears and aiming for placings at BE100 and finish the season off at Aldon international 3 day event in October.”
Sarah Holmes was 4th in BE100 section L – and equally had horses in the Intermediate who had good runs. She commented: “I had a really good event at Tweseldown. Doonaveeragh Delux started the two days off very well doing a lovely test for a score of 23.8, he has found this phase fairly difficult and I have been working hard for him to stay relaxed and finally he came out and he felt lovely. He then jumped a brilliant double clear to finish 4th. He is just a 6 year old that I bought last year and he is now ready to move up to novice, I’m very excited for his future as he has an amazing jump.”
BE90 Section A – Kitty Ashby – Boleybawn Rose – 25.3
Section B – Francesca Elliott – Champagne VIP – 29.8
Section C – Ashley Clegg – Namas Result – 31.1
Section D – Clare Mowbray – Shannondale Tudor – 25.3
Section E – Amanda Bettle – YSGWYNFAWR FERGUS – 26.4
Section F – Sophie Croxton – Mr Mcgowan – 24.8
BE90 Open Section G – Adam Harvey – Don Diego II – 25.3
BE100 Section K – Gemma Tattersall – Facari MG – 24.5
Section L – Gemma Tattersall – Glensensaw Sweet Girl – 22.3
BE100 Open Section J – Ben Lee Liles – SRS Everest – 25.0
BE100open U18 Section H – Anna Martin – Sannanvalley Classic – 29.0
BE100openU18 Section I – Freddie Carden – Fletcher Christian – 31.0
IN Section T – Vicky Brake – Cooleys First – 29.6
Novice Section V – Katie Moffatt – David Cricket – 28.8
Section W – Marit Siersema – Event of Dance – 27.8
NRF Section U – Kitty King – Cristal Fontaine – 19.6
Open NoviceU18 Section O – Emily Cariad Nicol – Annaghmore Boomlander – 29.0
Pony Trial Section M – Saffie Osborne – Little Indian Feather – 31.0
Pony Trial Section N – Freya Partridge – Master Macky – 29.3
Intermediate Section P – Tom Rowland – Freshmans Minstrel – 32.3
Section Q – Lissa Green – Med Night Trafford Mignonette – 32.9
Open Intermediate Section R – Hector Payne – Dynasty – 28.2
OI Section S – Emily Llewellyn – Exclusive – 30.7
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