Bryony Skinner reports …
Warwick Hall (2) was the third of the Cumbria Horse Trials series and was a full weekend of competition, with over 430 competitors taking part. The organisers had done everything possible to ensure that conditions were good and the aerovator had been over the courses, minimising the hard ground. The NRF class was hotly contested with three Cumbrian riders aiming to win.
Riders were full of praise for the cross country courses which took in new ground with a number of substantial changes to the distribution of fences. The course included the extensive water fence coming much earlier and competitors galloped for longer alongside the River Eden heading to the lower Parkland area to encounter a number of combination type fences. The Show Jumping and Dressage were also located to new arenas.
The BE80(T) section L was won by Lottie Walsh completing on her dressage score of 31.3 with the 14.1h mare Luscious Lily. It was a busy weekend for Lottie who had three rides and came 12th in the BE100Open section F and 14th in the BE80(T) section M.
Another rider competing more than one horse over the weekend with success was Becky Paul, who won the BE80(T) section M on Hyton Rustic Charm, adding a handful of time faults to their dressage score of 21.8; improving on their score from Warwick Hall (1) when they took 6th place. Becky also came 6th in the BE90 section I on Deacon Que.
The BE90 section N was won by Amy Auld who added only 1.2 time faults to a dressage score of 26, on her 16hh gelding Holmside Red Ace. Amy commented:
“Red lives for competing and going xc, he absolutely loves it and usually takes me the first half a dozen fences to regain any control from leaving the start box.
The course was lovely, rode really nicely and the organisers always make an effort to change fences and course layout. The Cumbria horse trials events are definitely the most friendly and welcoming. Red will probably do a couple more BE90s and move up to BE100s at the end of the year.”
The winning score in the BE100 section G was a very impressive 19, putting the winner 7 points ahead of the 2nd placed rider. This score belonged to Paula Jane Holden and the 15.2hh gelding Pallasgreen Promise; this being the first event at BE100 level for the horse. The combination has had a successful season, coming 1st at BE90 level at Berriewood and Warwick Hall (1) previously.
Another returning winner from Warwick Hall (1) was Tayla Brooks who took first place in the BE100 section H on Springwind Catwalk, completing on their dressage score of 26.5. This combination previously won their BE90 section at Warwick Hall earlier in the season and made the successful step up to BE100 this time around, just taking the win from Matthew Wright by only 1.2 x country time faults in a hotly contested section.
Harry Harding won the BE100 section Q with one of his three rides for the weekend, Primitive Lady II; adding just 0.4 time penalties to their dressage score of 27.3 and finishing 10 points clear of the 2nd placed rider in the section. Harry said: “Primitive Lady is an 8yr old mare By Primitive Proposal. Bred by Mr and Mrs Simon Riggall from Great Meadow stud on the Isle of Man, the horse is in training with Alieen Feeney and Brett Kenyon at Foxmoss Sport Horses who are doing a fantastic job. I just ride it at the shows. The horse is really nice – getting better and better with the correct training. Her jumping has really improved especially this year. Our plans with her will be to take her to CCI* at the end of the year. The mare is super cross country and moves well on the flat – her jumping is getting better and better each time out. She will now go to a few training shows jumping and then will compete eventing at novice. It’s so nice when the horses go well because the team put so much time effort and money into it that it’s such a high when everything goes to plan.”
The BE100Open section H was won by Katie Alison Stephen, who completed on a very good dressage score of 24 with the 15.3hh gelding Dunloughan Whirlwind. Katie commented: “Derry is owned by Flora Vestey and I am so lucky to have him in my yard. He is such a character and always makes us smile. He is truly like a comfy pair of slippers and is just amazing to ride and can execute a very smart test and he is a cross country machine, however he does love to pretend that there are tigers under the show jumps… it’s funny as he is so bold xc, I think he just likes to make the rider work hard in the sj and he certainly made me work at Warwick… big tigers on Saturday. He loves his xc and was bouncing with excitement in the start box and gave me a lovely ride round the new course which rode really well with a lovely change of route heading further down the park land than normal.”
The NRF and Novice sections were dominated by Emily Parker, who had a fantastic weekend of results. Emily took the win in the NRF completing on her dressage score of 36.1, with the 16.1hh gelding, Cooley Offshore. The NRF was hotly contested and the top three combinations all completed within 2.4 points of each other. Emily also, won the Novice section C with the mare Cover Girl Cooley, again completing on their dressage score of 29. Emily also came 3rd in the Novice section B on Cooley Carneyhaugh.
Carrie Byrom won the Novice Section A after returning to eventing following an injury and recently having a baby. Carrie took first place on her own mare Party Pop, completing on their dressage score of 30.8. Carrie said: “Party is a lovely mare that I have had for about 18 months. I began her eventing career last year but then broke both of my arms in a horrible fall from another horse. I have now recovered from that and had a baby 3 months ago so have got going again. This was her 3rd novice event. The course rode really well. I liked the new loop through the trees by the river towards the end of the course. I felt it was educational but not daunting for a young horse. If everything goes well Party will go to Blair to do the CCI* in August.”
Sam Arthur-Magennis won the ON section D on his own homebred gelding Springtime Jazz, completing on their dressage score of 30.0. Sam commented:
“Jazz is homebred, the first foal out of my mare. I produced him myself to CIC2* in 2016 (including young horse champs). He had laser eye surgery at the beginning of 2017 so we took it slow to let him adjust to being able to see properly, and he finished 12th at Osberton CCI1* last year. This year I fractured my scapula so he started his season with John Thornton, and Warwick is only my second event back this season (he finished 3rd in the IN at Belsay). The course rode great, the ground is hard everywhere at moment but the horses travelled well on it and the rain is much needed! It was a lovely, educational track for each level. The plans this year are to start building back up qualifying runs for 2* for next year, and to compete at Blair and Osberton again in the 1*’s and hopefully progress from there.”
Other winners: BE80(T) section K – Louise Clark, Maccaislean Mor; BE90 section I – Pauline Nield, Forest Bay; BE90 section J – Claire Paisley, Donna Keiseada; BE90 section O – Natalie Ireland, Cherokee Brave; BE90 section P – Amber-Lily Graham, Lickeen Ryan; BE90Open – Rio Hall, For Vehlage; BE100 section R – James Sommerville, Rocktop Rebel; Novice section B – Penny Lawn, Bold Impulse;