Sarah Carless reports…
British Eventing’s winter series were in full swing after the festive break, with all three competitions running across the country.
Hartpury (1) JAS
This year’s JAS series, sponsored by Baileys Horse Feed, kicked off in style at Hartpury for the first of its two qualification rounds.
Jessica Tregoning was the winner in BE90 Open with I Dunno. There was a double celebration for the family as Jessica’s sister Alice won the BE90 class with Uncle Patsy.
Jessica told Eventing Worldwide: “We bought Mully last year as a 6-year-old for me to bring on and then for my younger sister to event in the future. This was Mully’s first time doing JAS and he was amazing. He flew round clear to finish on his style mark of 8. He had never seen any of those kinds of technical fences before so I was very surprised that we ended up winning! I have decided to do JAS on him to allow him to gain experience and confidence over the winter months for the season ahead and the feedback from the judges is really beneficial.”
Emma Jowett made a winning start to her new partnership wuth Strike A Pose, winning the Open Novice class. The horse was previously ridden by Holly Needham with the pair competing as individuals at last year’s Junior European Eventing Championships at Millstreet in Ireland. The pair were also third in the Novice class.
Other section results; BE100 Emily Proud, Leonado C; BE100 Open Georgia King, Mojo IV; Novice Jaymee Savill, Knockmullen Flyer.
Berkshire College – Jump Training
At the first Jump Training competition of 2018, Jenna Good walked away with a double of wins. She took the JT90 with Western King and then went on to win the JT100 with Trewithan Hawkeweed. The JT80 was won by Frances Hall and Bellindene Magnum.
Bicton Arena – Arena Eventing
The Arena Eventing series continued with the first competition of the year taking place ay Bicton Arena in Devon.
Jenny Booth and Cut A Diamond were the winners in the 80cm class, a horse which has been lent to Jenny by owner Caroline Robinson to have some fun on over the winter whilst her own horse is out of work.
Jenny comments: “Diamond is 18-years-old and has been eventing with Caroline over the past few years. Caroline has a young horse she is bringing on so she thought Diamond and I could have some fun at Bicton. Caroline was also meant to be competing on her young horse but she was poorly with a chest infection so was at home in bed. She did say she was very proud of us both. I was rather surprised but very pleased to win as I was there just for fun and didn’t even know what the optimum time was – I think Diamond must have known the time and sorted it out for me. The series appeals as it combines show jumping and cross country, it’s fun and allows you to get your XC kit on in winter. It also helps prepare you for the eventing season.”
The 90cm class was won by Charlotte Hosking and Macsimus whilst Jessica Gopal and Witchcombe Toby won the 100cm class.
Onley Grounds – Jump Training
Sophia Marston made a winning start to 2018, taking a double of victories at the Jump Training competition at Onley Grounds. In both the JT80 and JT90 she rode Meikleims Secret. Twelve-year-old Sophia started affiliated eventing last year and qualified with Corrie for the Jump Training, JAS and Arena Eventing finals, as well as gaining a regional final qualification at BE90.
She commented: The jump series really sets me and my ponies up for the season as you get excellent training under a competition environment but without the pressure of being in a ring for two minutes. I took my loan pony Meikleims Secret (Corrie) who has taught me so much. She is 19 years old and is my pony of a lifetime. The secretary and judges have always been so welcoming as I do get nervous and the sheets afterwards give me a boost of confidence. I have a new pony who is called Abel who is five-years-old years old and just missed out on qualifying. He knows absolutely nothing about ring experience and it was lovely that the trainers calmed my nerves down and we did two lovely rounds and learnt such a lot- in a normal competition that would never have happened as I wouldn’t of had the time to show Abel the ring and get two rounds in with vital coaching in between.”
Isabel Rugman was the winner in the JT100 Class with Arcadian Imp.