Charley Adams reports….
Goring Heath Horse Trials in Oxfordshire ran on the opening weekend of September and as always proved popular with grassroots riders with more than 500 entries across the two days.
The event hosted regional finals for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup at BE100 and such was demand there were two sections.
Zara Heathcote was the winner in BE100 Section K, who said she was “thrilled” with to qualify with Martha Imp. The pair have been placed in all of their events this year, and looking forwards to the final, Zara said she would love a top ten placing but admitted it will just be great to there as it is such an “amazing” few days. They competed in the final in 2017 and 2016 finishing 25thon both occasions.
She commented: said: “I haven’t been to Goring Heath for years. It was a really friendly event and I would love to thank all the volunteers as everyone really was so nice. I’m very lucky that Martha is so consistent and tries so hard for me – I’ve only managed to get out eventing three times this season including Goring because of the very wet and dry ground so I am thrilled we managed to qualify. I might try and get to Weston Park to finish off the season and then it will be lots of practice over the winter.”
Also qualifying for the BE100 final was Sophie Smith who won BE100 Section J riding EMS Futura Estrella. It was their second win of the year having won at Calmsden in July. It will be their first visit to Badminton for the final.
Melissa Joannides won BE90 Open Section D with The Elvis, saying he was a star, finishing on his dressage score of 20.8. Melissa also finished second in this section with Craan Bob as she continues to lead the British Eventing Foundation Points League.
She said: “I actually managed 1st and 2nd in the 90open section and 3rd in a 100 section in the afternoon so we had a fantastic day! It’s been a great season so far, the horses have all been on good form and have all tried very hard. The Elvis, owned by Michele Mallinder, was a star at his first visit to Goring Heath. He produced a lovely dressage test to lead after the first phase and a super double clear. He gave me a really good ride in all three phases and thoroughly deserved to win with his positive attitude all day.”
Eve Elizabeth Eggington and Cashal Red were the winners of BE90 Section C for their first British Eventing win. The 17-year-old is in her last year of A-Levels at Hartpury and she describes Red as a super cob who loves cross country.
She told Eventing Worldwide: “I was lucky enough to get the ride on her after my little brother out grew her a couple of years ago. Since then she has taken me to the Pony Club Intermediate eventing championship in 2017 as well as Badminton Grassroots in 2018 and Pony Club Intermediate dressage champs. She has also never finished outside the top 10 in any one-day event. She is one in a million. It was amazing to win goring heath as it is one of my favourite venues, and I am very proud of my super cob – I couldn’t have asked any more of her as it was her first event since Badminton. Our aim for the rest of the season it to compete in the regional final at Weston park and hopefully qualify for Badminton next year.”
Ollie Martin and Martins irish Eddie have been placed in all but one of their BE competitions in 2018, and in winning BE100 Section L at Goring their picked up a second win of the year, having already been victorious at Poplar Park (2) earlier in the season.
Other section results;BE90 Section A Natalie McGoldrick, Galant IV; BE90 Section B Matthew Selby, No Way Back; BE90 Section E Lucas Peries, Cluain Coain Mirah; BE100 Section F Alex Mersh, Alvescot Windrush; BE100 Open Section G Bronte Monks, Cuffesgrange Lord Admiral; BE100 Section H Olivia Craddock, Noah VII; BE100 Section I Melissa Pollett, Cloherview Sunset; BE100 Open Under 18 Section M Sorcha Muir, Billy Eurostar; BE105 Section N Alana Sparrow, Angels Spirit;
BE105 Section O Clare Chamberlyne, Globemaster.
Images Courtesy of Lansdown Photography