Jemma Docherty reports..
The Scottish event season came to a close with the last event Wee Burgie in the North of Scotland. The event concluded with 8 sections in total running including a 100RF section.
Three sections of 90 kicked of the days proceedings with dressage scores varying right across the board and the showjumping proving to be very influential with only 16 combinations going clear out of all three sections. This was by no means a dressage competition and saw the riders being tested across all three phases. Section A was won by Hanna Chisholm and Coonahinch George finishing on their dressage score of 34.3 followed by Elissa Miller and Willows Darling also finishing on their dressage of 34.8. Section B winner with a good lead of 7.3 points was Emma Grant and Mini Echo with a good dressage score of 29. Amanda Waugh finished in second on a nice double clear with her own Fan Daby Angus. One pole falling for Alexandra Heard and Chellagh didn’t stop her winning Section C with a very impressive dressage of 24 to clinch the win with a final score of 29.6.
The 100RF was won by Emma Buchanan and her horse Blaze the 14.3hh 8yr old gelding finished their season on a high after several top ten placings throughout the season which included an 8th place at the Scottish championships held at Blair. Blaze was originally bought 3 years ago as a happy hacker for Emma’s mum and has gone from strength to strength and has exceeded all expectations. Emma is a full-time physio and Blaze is now her only event horse she is extremely excited and looking forward to making the trip down to Badminton next year.
Hot on Emma’s heels quite literally after incurring 0.4 too fast time penalties which lost her the win was Rosanagh Davison from Elgin aboard Rockwood Beau. The second place still gained her the prestigious Badminton Grassroots final qualification which was just the cherry on top to end their season. This placing although we are still awaiting confirmation looks like it has also secured Rosanagh the BE100 Tommy Pink Trophy for the Scottish points series. Emma was just over the moon and bursting with pride for all that they have achieved over the past 3 years, she said there is plenty more to come from the pair who plan on channelling their inner Charlotte over the winter to prepare for the grassroots finals and maybe even tackling some Novice courses next year. with Local Rider Keely Gordon finished her season also on a high gaining 3rd place in only her first season at 100, this is definitely a pair to look out for next season.
Section E 100 was won by Emily Hedgecoe and Wickstead Swanky Panky a great way to end their season after stepping up to 100 level mid season.
Caitlin Padfield was second with a new ride this year on Aragon House Liana. Caitlin has only once been out of the top 5 in every event this season with this horse and that was on her first step up to 100 at Richmond where they were still in the top 10. Great dressage scores for this combination have helped take them to these placings with the odd pole falling, they will only be disappointed in not gaining that elusive double clear still a great way to end their season, ones to watch for next year.
Local rider and budding entrepreneur Roan Grant and his handsome Chestnut gelding Caballo Rojo finished their season in 3rd place, an expensive showjumping pole costing them the win. This combination have had a very successful season at 100 which included a win at Dalkeith in the U18100 section. Roan who is still at High school has recently launched his own clothing line RGEquestrian which has gone from strength to strength over the past few months, Roan has high hopes for both his eventing and business career.
A small section of Novice horses came forward. As always at Burgie the Showjumping proving to be very influential along with the XC with only 4 combinations going clear XC and only two Double clears in the section. Claire Smith and Furioso De Fojo clinched the win with a leading dressage score of 28.8 to finish on a score of 37.6. Claire now heads to Alnwick Ford to take part in the CIC*. Andrew Ward Smith unfortunately rolled two poles but with a good dressage of 30.3 saw him take second spot ahead of Aileen Ferrari and the very cool Storm Ahead Ted who were the only other double clears on the day. Fences 5 and 7 on the xc proving to be the problem fences for this novice section.
The ever popular 80T section G saw 35 combinations come forward. The top three combinations all jumping double clear with the winner Emma Taylor and Glynebourne Elliot completing on their dressage score of 31.8. time penalties decided on the next placings with Amy Sim and Brynfa Llewellyn taking 2nd spot and Gavin Drummond and Glen Mhor taking 3rd.