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Bryony Skinner reports…..
Warwick Hall kicks off the first leg of it’s Grand Slam Cup.
Now in its fifth year, Warwick Hall continues to attract competitors due to it’s sandy old turf, fast flowing terrain and open pastures of traditional parkland setting. The first event at Warwick Hall for the 2017 season attracted just over 500 competitors, many vying for The Warwick Hall Cup which offers a 2017 Grand Slam opportunity for any rider and horse combination winning at each of the three fixtures at Warwick Hall and if this is not achieved, it will be won by the competitor with the next best set of results from all three competitions.
Starting the weekend; the winner of the BE80 Section J was Kate Sanderson on Hillgarth Rachelian who made it a back to back win from their last event at Dalkeith. Kate commented on her Facebook page “Another crazy result! Hillgarth Rachelian’s second BE event today at Warwick Hall (1), the only sub 30 dressage on 28.8 to lead the way with a double clear to WIN! Her second event and second win- that also makes it 4 out of 5 BE wins so far this year. I’ve had so much pleasure with this mare over the past few months, producing her slowly and correctly and never rushing her despite her natural raw talent. She’s now definitely ready to move up a level at her next run!”
The BE90 Section O was won by Katie Stephens-grandy and Mr Music, who completed on their impressive dressage score of 22.5. Katie also came 6th in the BE100 section R on Trendy Magic Touch. Katie commented “Both horses led their sections after dressage, I competed Trendy Magic Touch at the Badminton Mitsubishi Cup two weeks ago and then spent the rest of the week watching the training and how 4* riders achieve calmness from horses in such a huge atmosphere. I came home inspired and focused on improving…..then at Warwick they both led! Mr Music is homebred by Country Top Dollar out of a conni x welsh mare. I’m so proud of him as I’ve produced him completely myself…..Trendy Magic Touch was bought as a 4yo and has a big opinion about life! He is spooky, talented and very independent! He had started 100s but I had a late start to last season as I had a baby last June … so we did a 90 Regional Final and went to Badminton. He was highest placed horse from Yorkshire. He is aiming to do a couple more 100s including the next Warwick Hall and then go 100+ and novice.
Mr Music’s aims are BE90 RF’s as I’d love him to qualify for Badminton! All of this I couldn’t even think of without the support of my trainer (of 23 years) Chris McGrann and my mum and girls at home ….. to go to Warwick we set off at 7am with 2 horses, a baby, mum and Irena helping, finally getting home at 1am!! It was well worth the trip as it was our first to Warwick hall; such a friendly, beautifully presented event, with a real old fashioned feel to it. The course rode very well and both horses grew in confidence from start to finish. There were a variety of questioned but it encouraged positive riding and focus! Thank you so very much to the organising team at Warwick Hall!”
Nicola Wilson had the most success of all riders over the weekend, taking home many prizes. Nicola commented on her Facebook page: “It was an emotional weekend for Mrs Pauline Fletcher who had three of her home bred horses competing at Warwick Hall. Saturday saw Elite Jaguar win her Novice section (B) on a dressage score of 20.8, her first run at this level. Followed on Sunday by PRF Jaguar Elite who produced a stunning dressage score of 15.3 to take the win in the BE100 section Q and finally PRF Elite Baloubet a six year old at her first event finished 7th in her 90open. The results continued with a win for Chabadu owned by Jamie and Jo Lambert, a five year old competing for the first time who produced a dressage score of 18.3 and a double clear to win his 90open.
Jamie and Jo so very nearly had another placing to celebrate with Drumnaconnell Toto Wolff, ‘Splash’ who completed a beautiful double clear with a dressage score of 22.8, however I managed to miss a fence out on the cross country – jockey error!
Thankfully the mistake wasn’t repeated and Cooley Conker took the win in the same section (BE100 section E) for Sally Robinson on the same dressage score and another double clear.
All We Need owned by Lady Milnes Coates and Penny Marriner was once again foot perfect to finish on his dressage score of 24.3 to take 2nd in his section
(BE100 section F). Splash, Conker and Monty will now all step up to Novice at Belsay.
Many thanks to Douglas and Lucinda Weymouth and their team for a fabulous event and to my hard working team Lynn, Ruth, Lucca and Catherine and to Ella who helped us on Saturday. The horses all looked fantastic.”
Another rider to enjoy a successful weekend was James Sommerville, who won the BE100 section F on Master Ramiro. James commented on Facebook that “Master Ramiro jumped a fab double clear with a 22 dressage at Warwick in the BE100 to finish in 1st place!! VSS Mission Impossible (Owned by Mr and Mrs Whitney) and Bally Louis (Owned by Mr John Guy and Mr Richard Howard) both had fantastic runs in the Novice with Louis in 4th with a 26.8 dressage and double clear and Tom in 5th with a brilliant 25 dressage and one rail showjumping to finish with a brilliant clear xc.”
The Novice Section A was won by Jamie Atkinson on Gonzalez, completing on their dressage score of 30. Jamie also came 3rd in the Novice section B on Shadow Walker and 6th in Novice section C on Glen River. Jamie commented “I was thrilled with the way all three horses ran, Glen River was a first time novice runner, but all three made the beautifully built but strong novice track feel easy. Gonzales was in the top 10 at the 5 year championships last year, and is being produced for Sahir Thapar, an Indian rider, looking to compete in the Asian games. The horse has huge potential and I’m really enjoying producing him. His plans for the season are to step up to 1* and intermediate as he is only 6, and for Sahir to gain more experience with him.”
Other section winners: BE80(T) section K, Madeleine Liddell, Cavanagarvan Knight, BE80(T) section L, Linda Faulks, Knocknacree Bentley, BE90 section H, Sorrel Smith, As You Like It V, BE90 section I, Karen Redfearn, Clonfin Cudos, BE90 section M, Harriet Jyne Branch, Anouar, BE90 section N, Rhona Smith, Delightful Doris, BE100 section R, James Adams, Bejewel, BE100 section G, Sam Arthur-Magennis, Springtime Jazz, Novice section C, Emily Galbraith, Darkwood Peri, Open Novice section D, Mark Davidson, Delaia,