Millie Wain reports…
With classes ranging from BE80(T) to Novice, it was a glorious weekend of eventing at Warwick Hall in Cumbria. This was the first of three fixtures on this year’s BE calendar, with the Warwick Hall Cup Series in the minds of many riders. 550 horses competed over the two days and the ground is still in great condition for Warwick Hall (2), which will be taking place in four weeks’ time (16th-17th June).
Katie Alison Stephen took the top spots in both the BE90open and the BE100open with Crimlon Bay and Dunloughan Whirlwind respectively. Katie posted an excellent dressage score of 19.5 penalties with Crimlon Bay and added nothing to that, taking the win by 7 penalties. Over the weekend, she had 5 rides and was placed with four of those.
Jamie Atkinson also finished with two wins, in BE100 sections H and I. Despite picking up 3.6 reverse time penalties with I G W, the pair held onto their lead from the first phase, completing with a score of 27.1. Similarly, with Hallo Quality Penny in section I, Jamie lead the dressage with a very good score of 19.5 penalties and had 4 faults to add in the show jumping, but jumped a clear cross country round inside the optimum time of 5 minutes and 38 seconds, leaving them 0.3 penalties ahead of second place, which went to James Adams and Bejewel.
There were two sections for U18 riders and they were qualifiers for regional team selection: the U18 National Championships are held at Frickley Park in July. The KBIS-sponsored ONu18 qualifier was won by Daisy Job riding the 12 year old gelding Player. The combination posted a good dressage score of 25 penalties and added 2 XC time faults to that. Lucy Hattersley and Sappalot took second place with a score of 27.3 and third place went to Frankie Carr and Pipsqueak T with 29.3 penalties. Lucy Barker and Seaworthy were the winners of the BE100u18 section. They were another pair to maintain their lead from the dressage phase, scoring 21.8 penalties.
Even with the good ground conditions, only 14 out of 87 novice combinations completed the cross country course within the optimum time and therefore, time faults were influential in deciding the final placings; in section C, the top 3 riders accumulated no cross country penalties. Rebecca Glasson and Denver IV won this section with 33.0 penalties. Wills Oakden and Tayvale Hunky Dory won section A with 31.0 penalties and the winner of section B was Charlotte Dennis riding Caunton Well Connected.
The combination of Paula Jane Holden and Pallasgreen Promise took the win in BE90 section P, coming home with an excellent score of 20.3 penalties. The pair has had two BE90 runs together, winning both of them – their other win was at Askham Bryan College at the end of the 2017 season. Second place went to Chris Fairs riding Whinchat with a score of 22.5 and in third place were Amy Auld and Holmside Red Ace.
Other section winners:
BE80(T) section L – Susan Chappelhow-Lacey riding Glenmore of Roisbheinn, 31.2 penalties
BE80(T) section M – Kyla Cranston riding Lisboy Clover Valley, 28.0 penalties
BE80(T) section N – Katherine Mcnamee riding Lucky Pretender, 30.0 penalties
BE90 section J – Amy Aspden riding Dissington Shadow, 25.5 penalties
BE90 section K – Sebastian Roldan Olivera riding Shadow Sapphire, 23.8 penalties
BE90 section O – Tayla Brooks riding Springwind Catwalk, 29.8 penalties
BE90 section Q – Stephanie Lynch riding Cool Sunrise, 21.8 penalties
BE100 section R – Katie Magee riding Garcia II, 26.3 penalties
BE100 section S – Taylor Stewart riding Widlake Barbie Blue, 24.8 penalties
Open Novice section D – Emily Parker riding Mile High, 29.1 penalties