Ruth Gregory reports …
With no let-up in rain just yet, the organisers of the Cumbria Horse Trials at Warwick Hall, did a sterling job is not letting the down pure ruin the party. They ran all sections over the course of the weekend from BE80T to Open Novice, including the Novice Reginal Final Class (NRF), for competitors to qualify for the Gatcombe Park Championships.
Winner of the NRF Section E was Nicola Wilson, with James Lambert’s, Chabadu. They added nothing to their dressage mark of 24.8 to seal the win and qualify for the championships in September.
Runners up,and also gaining qualification were Heidi Woodhead, and Handsome DHI, who jumped double clear to finish on their dressage of 30.0.
Making up the top three was Tyler Cassells, riding Mark and Wendy Egerton’s, Cooley Copresenter, posting their third placing within the top ten at Novice level this year.
Nicola Wilson also took top spot in the Novice Section B with Chiraz III. The gelding, also owned by the Lambert’s, has now won three Novices so far this season.
In a close second, finishing on a score of 22.8, were Amy Roberts and Fruitloop.
Amy had a very successful weekend as she also won the Novice Section A riding Lionheart, as well as being second in the BE90 Section I with her own, Apollo.
“They all went super I was really pleased with them. I was very pleased with Lionheart’s run, as he’s had a few runs with cross country stops, but it turned out he had ulcers. So, we’ve treated them and now he’s back on top form winning! Their first and second means they have qualified for the Novice championships at Gatcombe. Fruitloop, is a very consistent horse so he will soon be moving up to intermediate.
I was very pleased with Apollo’s run too as it was his first BE90. Very excited about his future!”
Amy’s plans for the trio are now to qualify Lionheart, and Fruitloop, for the 7YO Championships, and Apollo for the BYEH 5YO Championships, to be held at Osberton later on in the year.
Top honours in the BE100 Section Q went to Morven Pringle, and Secret Affair VII, owned by Sarah Clarke. They lead the field from the off, adding nothing to their dressage mark of 26.0.
“I’ve only been riding him for 3 weeks, and this was our second event together. He is such a sweet little guy. He can be cheeky but he’s talented, he’s going to do one more 100 then we will step him up to Novice and just see how far he will go.”
Hannah Gajczak, and Imarlo, were triumphant in the BE100 Section H. Their win adds to the pairing’s great of form, where they’ve jumped double clear and been placed in each of their BE100 runs this season.
“I have owned and produced Arlo, from an unbacked 3YO stallion, now gelded and is a 6YO. We are hoping to contest some Novices in the Autumn, and our ultimate goal would be to do the Osberton 6YO championship class.
Warwick was a fantastic event, such wonderful, friendly volunteers and a lovely cross country too! A big thumbs up from me, it was the first time I’ve competed there, and it was great!”
Winners of the BE90 Section I, were Wendy Hoggard, and Barton Blount. Despite, having a great year so far, it hasn’t always been plain sailing for the combination.
“It is my second-year eventing with Barton Blount, who I found in the Horse and Hound. Upon arrival he subsequently slipped in the field and fractured his pelvis, so our first year together was mainly rehab and getting to know each other.”
Wendy is a Master Saddler, who owns White Rose Saddlery, based in the racing town of Malton, North Yorkshire. So, it’s no surprise given her town’s persona that she’s not always been solely an eventer.
“I have always loved the thoroughbreds, I rode on the flat as an amateur jockey back in the late 80’s and then in the Macmillan Charity Race, at York racecourse 5 years ago. I am 53 and hadn’t evented for 15 years.”
All factors considered, it’s fair to say both Wendy, and horse, have worked hard to gain the results they deserve, including two tickets for the grassroots regional finals and qualification for the Yorkshire Challenge class held at Frickley Horse Trials in the late summer.
The ex-race-horse, who’s now just a 10YO and came out of training at 6, has also shown he’s quite the dressage diva, having qualified for the BD Petplan finals for the second year in the row. As well as, going to the Nationals at Hartpury in April.
“His breeders and trainer Johnny and Mary Mackie follow us regularly which is nice.”
BE100 Section G; Kyla Cranston, Lisboy Clover Valley; BE100 Section R; James Rushbrooke, Castlesize Go Easy; BE100Open Section F; James Sommerville, Global Ask; BE80(T); Emily Worsdale, Miss Winifired Wilde; BE80(T Section O; Orla Stott, Ardfield Betty; BE80(T) Section P; Kacey Finch, Moychullen Turbo; BE90 Section J; Lily Hannah Edwards, Fernade Vista; BE90 Section K; Emily Phillips, Frankie III; BE90 Section L; Caitlin Pitcher, Jonjo Star; BE90 Section M1; Sarah Page, China; BE90Open Section M2; Zoe Allen, Shadow Bumblebee; N Section C; Thomas Tulloch, Bally Blackjack; ON Section D; Mark Davidson, Striding Edge