Cat Jamieson reports….
West Wilts BE (1) held at West Wilts Equestrian Centre in Melksham Wiltshire, over the weekend of June 10th/11th. Full classes ranging from BE90 to Novice.
A great event and setting which saw amateurs and professionals alike all competing over a glorious 2 days.
I made the trip to the event and caught up on all the action.
BE 90 section A saw Camilla Earnshaw win on her gelding “
I bought him last year. He won his first run at Ascott Under Wychwood and west wilts was his second run and his first be90 which he also won. He is such a relaxed horse and just gets on with his job. He is so chilled out, he’s been the easiest young horse I’ve had. I run Trinity elite horses which specialises in sourcing and producing young horses. I don’t normally buy them broken in but when I saw him I just fell in love with him. At West wilts he felt like a seriously classy horse and I think he will go up the grades with ease. I love going to West wilts. I think it’s a great venue for the horses, with a good size dressage warm up with both the warm up and arenas on the flat. The show jumping and xc are well built courses which are inviting but with a few questions.”
Section B Rhiannon Medlicott on My Little Smartie with 21.8 this 14.2 gelding has come 1st, 2nd and 3rd in his 3 events so far this season.
Section C was won by Lily Ryder with her second win of the season on Glendelough III with 26.5 followed by Henriette Verschoyle and Annie Mingo all with sub 30 scores, Section D was won on one of the lowest scores of the weekend with Christina WiederKehr on Lilas Girl with a 19.8
Rosie Marlow placed 8th in the BE90 said “we have been working on our flat work and had a respectable score of 34.8. The show jumping is always up-to height and Truly jumped a classy round for a clear. We then headed out onto the cross country course which had some challenging combinations and again Truly gave it all her heart and jumped a lovely clear. I was thrilled to be placed 8th and even though I am getting married in July I am planning our next run.”
Aimee Stunt won the 90 section E on Catherston Osiana with 32.3, looking at the past entries it looks like this was Aimees first ride on this horse so to have a win is fantastic, well done Aimee.
Onto the BE100 where Jason Hobbs won the first section “The horse that won is a six year old and only his second event this year owned by Mrs Lewis and hopefully just progress with him”he was 8th at his previous event at Solihull.
They also had Tom Sloper that was third (based and trains with us) he’s done a couple of events and is going novice at Upton on IPW Master Stroke.”
Rebecca Howard on Trebor won section G, previously 2nd at Tweseldown, looking like a promising partnership for the future, the horse previously ridden by Andrew Heffernan. Neil Spratt in 2nd and the newly crowned Badminton winner 2018 Jonelle Price in 3rd with one of her youngsters.
Section N in the BE100 was won by Vicky Tuffs, Andrew Williams told me about the day “we had two horses placed at West Wilts, 5 yr old Max Mckinerney won a 100 section with Vicky Tuffs , this is his 3rd win this season and he is the Reserve British 4 yr old champion . Vicky was also 3rd on EMS Future Estrella on a 19.5 dressage and double clear . Vicky competed him for his owner Sophie Smith whilst she is sitting her exams,”what a super partnership and certainly one to watch out for in the future.
Section O proved to be a tough section with the top 3 placings all finishing on sub 20 scores, Sam Griffiths taking the lead on Annaghmore Valoner with 18.2 and Iesha Wilding on 18.6, Sam posted the lowest score of the whole event and looked to have some promising youngsters out competing on the Sunday. The 100 Open went to Archie Lowe on Im Blushing, a partnership that have been in competition for the last 5 years, followed closely by Scarlett Parker and Rachel Cook.
The 100 under 18 was won by Lottie Royle on North Star II a little 14hh Gelding who must be pleased with their first win together. Jemima Stratton in 2nd and Isobel Rugman in 3rd.
Open Novice section L was won by Jamie Lee Day on Kato Ridge with a 29.0, Jo Clarke and Stephen Heale in 2nd and 3rd both on a 30.8. The final section Novice U 18 Section M, winner Hamish Clarke on Smashing Iris with 31.0 a super little mare standing at 14.2 and proving to be a great ON horse coming 3rd in her last one at Bicton International. 2nd was Camilla Read and Henrietta Ewell came 3rd and 4th on both of her horses.
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