Sarah Carless reports….
Tweseldown’s third British Eventing fixture of the year was well supported, with more than 600 combinations competing across the three days of competition.
Lucy Goodey came to Tweseldown off the back of a win at Offchurch Bury with Lady Guinevere Elm. And they repeated that victory in BE90 Section C. Lucy, who runs a livery yard on the outskirts of Buckingham says eight-year-old Lotty has a very cheeky side.
Lucy told Eventing Worldwide; “She is just learning to control her cheekiness, and really starting to show what she is capable of. It felt great to win; it was her second win in a row after Offchurch Bury the week before. I’m chuffed; it’s really great she has finally stopped trying to chuck me of . The horses coped really well with the heat on the day we kept them in the shade when possible and watered, the water at the end of the xc was really appreciated by both Lotty and I. Our season is going well so far with some great runs and placings. I’m looking to step Lotty up to 100s in the next few events so fingers crossed for that. I would love to say a massive to thank you to everyone who helped organise and run the event the ground felt great and everyone was really helpful making the day great fun.”
Laura Geary and Nightshade II were the winners of BE100 Plus Section L with a score of 18.9 giving them a winning margin of 7.6 penalties.
Laura is a scientist who recently moved from Kent to Cambridgeshire for work, but still keeps her horses at home with her mum, who is also her trainer, Helen. To keep herself fit, Laura rides out race horses in Newmarket before she goes to work. Edd was purchased in 2013 and Laura says she is incredibly lucky that her mum looks after the horses and keeps them fit during the week, whilst she comes home at weekends to ride and compete, describing it as a real team effort to be able to event.
Laura told Eventing Worldwide: “There is real story behind Edd. We got him in 2013; he was in awful condition and we only really got him as we felt so sorry for him. We didn’t really do much with him for years as he was really difficult to get on and I was away at university. A few years ago we thought about selling him because I wanted to event, which we thought he’d never do – luckily we changed our minds! We were buying a new jumping saddle for a different horse and we just tried it on him, we came around to a jump and mum and I were amazed as he actually jumped properly for the first time, so we thought we’d try to event him as we were eventing another horse and thought Edd could just tag along in the lorry. At first he didn’t understand the cross country and didn’t get why we wanted to gallop across a field. But this season it seems to have suddenly clicked and he seems to love it and is flying. He has never seen the point in show jumping so we always expected to have 2 or three poles down, so we worked so hard on this over the winter and at Chilham BE100 this year he did a double clear to finish third, it was only his second ever clear show jumping round he’d done in his life! The at Keysoe we did another double clear to finish second on our dressage score in the BE100. Our dressage has always been good as he moves really well.
“At Tweseldwon, He did a really consistent dressage test but I didn’t expect him to score 16.5! He then did a great double clear! We just added a few time faults to our score cross country as it was so hot and I didn’t want to push him for the time as I knew we had quite a few penalties to spare. We have such a great connection that he trusts me so much and would never say no, I think this year we have just clicked and the show jumping is falling into place, no one else has ever jumped him in his life. Because of all of this, the win meant so much to both my mum and I. We were near the end and even though we knew we must have won, when they announced the provisional scores both my mum and I had tears in our eyes as we were so happy. We’re doing a BE105 next and then hopefully a Novice at Smiths Lawn.”
Kate Welch and Dicali OHZ scored their second win of the season in BE100 Section W. Kate retired from the Royal Navy nine years ago after a 22 year career and now runs a livery and training yard in West Sussex. Cali is one of two horses she competes having bought him last summer from Belgium.
She commented: “I was over the moon with Cali’s result at Tweseldown, particularly as it was so hot and I wondered how he’d cope with the cross country phase. It was quite a testing track for him too as he’s still quite green, so I had to chuck my heart over a couple of them and hope that he’d follow, thankfully he responded. This is his first British Eventing season and after a sticky start early on, the cross country element seemed to click at Borde Hill in May and he’s felt more confident on both runs since then. We are fortunate to have two bites at the Badminton Grassroots BE100 Regional Final, so will be aiming for Firle Place next month and see what happens thereafter.”
Kate was full of praise for the organisers adding: “The Tweseldown team did fantastically well to run this event in the current conditions and I was particularly impressed by how they’d laid on a water bowser at the end of the cross country course so that cooling could commence immediately and had spread sand in the show jumping arena to improve the going – touches like that make all the difference.”
Justin Chubley was one of two riders to pick up two wins at the event. His first victory came in BE90 Section B with Intec and he followed this up on the final day of competition with a win in Novice Section P with Daisy XIV. The other rider to score two wins was British World Equestrian Games long-listed rider Gemma Tattersall. Fresh off the back of a busy weekend at Barbury Horse Trials, Gemma took her victories on Monday in Novice Section Q with Glensensaw Sweet Girl and BE100 Section U with Estemeya.
Tweseldown also hosted qualifying classes for the Young Horse Championships at Osberton. The four-year-old class (Section D2) was won by Glea Lanisto and Kilnamona John Wayne, whilst Yasmin Olsson-Sanderson took victory in the five-year-old class with Inchello DHI. This was off of the back of their success in the Dubarry Burghley Young Horse five-year-old qualifier at Barbury Castle Horse Trials.
Josh Moore and Funny Boy Fortuna took the win in Novice Section R – their second victory in a row and third of the season. Their previous wins came at Rackham and Chilham Castle in the BE100 Open Under 18, and this was their first outing at Novice Level. They finished on their dressage score of 29.5 – a 3.6 penalty winning margin, thanks to being only one of two riders in the section to make the optimum time on the cross country.
Other section results; BE90 Section A Charlotte Bull, Macadam Jewel; BE90 Section D1 Eva Carse, Lisnafiffy; BE80(T) Eleanor Sparkes, Birchills Speed Bonnie Boat; BE80(T) Section F Elizabeth Gibside Smart Pants; BE80(T) Section G Lynette Taylor, Garvie Bay; BE100 Section H Ken Spencer, Mattie III; BE100 Section I Aimee Taylor, Hello Sunshine II; BE100 Open Section J Kylie Roddy, Furich Tejo; BE90 Section M Tim Rogers, Monbeg on Point; BE90 Section N Helen Martin, Knight Light II; BE90 Section O Tracey Smale, Diamond Run, Open Novice Section S Dannie Morgan, Hanna FS; Intermediate Novice Section T Izzy Taylor, Fonbherna Lancer; BE100 Section V Gubby Leech, Rocketman.
Images courtesy of Lansdown Photography