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Millie Wain reports ..
Weston Park hosted their second BE event of the year on 7th-8th October. Attracting over 500 entries, there were two days of exciting competition with classes from BE80(T) up to Novice, including the Blue Chip BE80(T) North West Championship. Running over the beautiful Weston Park estate, the cross country courses, designed by Janet Plant, were challenging yet educational tests for the horses and riders, encouraging positive and accurate riding throughout.
On Saturday, there were the BE80 and BE90 classes and the BE100 and Novice sections took place on Sunday.
BE90 section E was won by Daniel Titterton riding Vision B. They held onto their lead from the dressage phase and completed on 23.5 penalties. The combination have competed in six BE90 classes since July; they have won three of them and have never been out of the top 5. In second place was Ellis Morton riding the 6-year-old mare DHI Sambuca on 27.3 penalties. They had led the dressage phase and had 4 faults in the showjumping but a clear cross country round within the optimum time of 5 minutes and 50 seconds was still good enough to take home second place. Third went to Stephanie Waite and Kildromin Van Persi on 29.7 penalties.
There were two hotly-contested BE90RF sections, where the top 20% of combinations in each section would qualify for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup held at Badminton Horse Trials next year. In section C, 75% of the combinations jumped clear in the showjumping and just 5 penalties separated the top ten. The winner of this section was Clare Bosley riding Tremeer on 26.8 penalties. Their win was impressive; they were the first combination to compete in the section at the start of the day and they held onto the lead all day. Section D was won by Jessica McLeod riding Rhydant Duffy with 25.5 penalties. They had also led from the dressage phase and took the top spot by over three penalties.
Saturday concluded with the Blue Chip BE80(T) North West Championship, which was taking place for the second year. The combinations had qualified at BE80 events held across the region during the season. The final placings for section F were determined late on in the day, with the top two combinations doing their cross country rounds near the end of the day. The win went to Ricki Riley and the 6-year-old My Noble Valentine. They completed on their fantastic dressage score of 24 penalties. This season, the pair have had two wins and a fourth place at BE80 level. There was another BE80 section too – the winner was Nicola Johnson aboard Heathersedge Glitterbug with 25.2 penalties. The combination had led the dressage (22.8 penalties) by four marks so their 2.4 penalties from the cross country phase still left them ahead of anyone else. Their win was impressive: it was their second event together after making their debut at Kelsall Hill just two weeks before Weston Park.
Fresh from her win at Osberton International, Piggy French came to Weston Park with four horses. She was at the top of the leaderboard in both of the novice sections riding Graf Cavalier in section M (30.7 penalties) and Templepatrick Cooley in section N (32.8 penalties). Bold and accurate riding was rewarded on the cross country course, which caused problems; a clear and quick round was enough for riders to secure top placings and only two combinations all day came home within the optimum time of 4 minutes and 50 seconds.
Other section winners:
BE90 section A – Lucy Dodd riding Mischief Machine, 28.5 penalties
BE90 section B – Suzanne Ross riding Sharragh Rebel, 30.8 penalties
BE100 section H – Lucy Watson riding Rafiki Yango, 22.5 penalties
BE100 section I – Julie Jones riding Bowhouse Artemis, 30.8 penalties
BE100open section K – Sam Ecroyd riding For Vehlage, 26.5 penalties
BE100RF section J – Lauren Obosi riding First Impression, 21.5 penalties
ON/Nu18 section O – Lydia Heywood riding Bonmahon JD, 28.5 penalties
Photographs courtesy of Hannah Cole Photography