Lewis Church reports…
Munstead Horse Trials located in Surrey had a triumph of an event with all classes scheduled successfully being completed. The classes that took place over the weekend were BE80(T) BE90, BE90 Open, BE100 open and finally BE100plus.
The competition kicked off with the BE80(T) with a win in section D from Tobias Pitkin on his horse Hollybrook Cappuccino finishing on a score of 41.30. In section E we saw a fabulous win from Annabel Doyle riding Clonboo Sunny and then finally Hannah Sinden took the lead taking home 1st prize on horse Aragan finishing on a total of 31.60.
Moving on to the BE90 Eventing Worldwide managed to catch up with the winner of section B Alyson Parked riding Jollie II. This pair finished on their dressage score which was a fantastic total of 27.50. Alyson was excited to tell us about Jollie II and what they have been up to – “Jollie is known as Bobby at home, I’ve had him 3 years and this is his first event this year. He is a lovely horse, very polite and has great ability, I was only just inside being too fast on Saturday as he was so keen to be out again. We are hoping to get a Badminton qualification for 2019 this year and if he continues to feel good will move back up to 100 in the summer. We’ve worked really hard on the flatwork which has developed nicely, we are also doing British Dressage to support this!”
Melissa Joannides had a superb run on Ashford Cleave Little Man known at home as Hurley. Melissa was thrilled with her win in the BE100 and has been on quite a journey with this horse. She told Eventing Worldwide “Ashford Cleave Little Man (aka Hurley), is owned by Suzie Priest. I took on the ride at the end of last season where Hurley competed in his first ever two BE events at BE90. With some consolidation over the winter, I felt confident for Hurley to come out at BE100 this season where he took his first win at Twesledown a couple of weeks ago. We are all absolutely thrilled that he came out this weekend at Munstead and produced a consecutive win with another beautiful double clear. Less than 8 months ago, Hurley lacked confidence jumping and I was struggling to get him to jump clear over any cross country fences. He has turned a huge corner now and seems to be loving his new job. This time I felt he was very confident across country and gave me a lovely ride. He is a sensitive little horse but now he is on side he is proving very talented! If he continues to be confident at this level, I will hope to move him up to Novice / 1* later in the season. I have to say a huge thank you to Suzie, for not only helping with Hurley at Munstead but also with the other horses I had competing. I’m very lucky to have such a strong team of support around me who I am very grateful for- not to mention my amazing Grandma who put on a wonderful picnic for us all at the end of the day! Munstead did a great job of running the event, despite the poor weather in the run up.”
The last of the part of the event was the BE100 plus that saw Lisa Pilbeam finishing on an outstanding score of 16.2, leading right from the Dressage phase. We manage to speak with Lisa, she told us about her winning ride Oldtown Tango, “I have had him since a foal, we bought him for a companion and felt sorry for him at the sales. He is a stallion, but you wouldn’t think he was. He has covered my CIC** mare. One is competing at BE100 (Cullawn Celtic Hope) and the other will be broken this year. I have produced him myself. Are next event is Novice at south of England. Then will do a few Novices before a CIC* this year.”
All the staff and volunteers did a great job ensuring this event ran as smoothly as it did and saw some wonderful and very much deserved wins!