EVENT REPORTS – Epworth EC Arena Eventing

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Sarah Carless reports

British Eventing’s series of winter competitions got underway last weekend with the first Arena Eventing competition at Epworth Equestrian Centre.

The competition attracted 90 entries across the three classes which are run at BE80, BE90 and BE100 level.

Emma Jo Thorpe was the winner in the 100 class with Treliver Dashley. This combination were the only ones in the class to produce a fault free round.

Emma-Jo, who works as a police officer for South Yorkshire Police, told Eventing Worldwide: “I only started eventing three years ago. Our success this year includes finishing eighth at Chatsworth 100 Arena Eventing, jumping clear at Royal Windsor in the Services Cup, fifth at Osberton 100 Arena Eventing and going clear in the Blenheim 100 Arena Eventing. We have also completed six BE 100’s this year after stepping up from 90 last year, and we are hoping to go novice in 2018. I bought Marley as a yearling from his breeder at the Treliver stud in Leighton Buzzard. And have home produced him myself. He is absolutely amazing, nothing fazes him and he is super careful show jumping and bold XC. Through the winter I am spending a lot of time on our flatwork, and am part of Forces Equine BD team quest. Arena eventing is a fantastic opportunity to keep our horses engaged in eventing through the winter months. It keeps our eyes on the skinny lines and keeping them familiar with XC fences without the mud. It felt amazing to win. I sent my other half to check the scores and he came back saying it says first and qualified. I couldn’t believe it. It’s always hard to judge optimum time, so to get within that was an achievement, and there were so few double clears and the joker was causing a few faults. I was so pleased with Marley.”

There were joint winners in the 80cm class with Erin Smith riding Robe Canal and Alison Woodcock and Firestone S sharing the win.

Erin told Eventing Worldwide: For me and Mouse this was our first BE event and I have only been riding him since July. I was absolutely shocked when I won but it has really given me a confidence boost for next year’s full season of BE. These events are helpful because it helps you get to grips with the pace of the show jumping as well as keeping your horse and you accustom to solid fences.”

The 90cm class was won by Amy Ross and Cians Boy.

Open to both BE members and non-members competitors first complete a round of show jumps immediately followed by a cross country course, finishing over a joker fence set at 10cms higher than the rest of the course. Along with the top 10% in each qualifier, the top three from the BE90 and BE100 JAS Championship will be invited to take part in the Arena Eventing Championships at Aston-Le-Walls at the end of February. The next qualifier takes place at Wellington Riding on Sunday November 12.