Ruth Gregory reports…
The Cooke Coachbuilders Skipton horse trials showcased its second event of the season last weekend (4th and 5th August). The event proved as popular as ever with national classes ranging from BE80T- ON. The North Yorkshire based event also saw the start of the regional finals qualification for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup at Badminton next spring in BE90 and BE100 classes.
The BE 100 regional final was topped my Samantha Jimmison on Upsalls Lorna finishing on a score of 25.8 with no penalties to add to their score after the jumping phases. They won on the back on their BE90 victory at Frickley Park last weekend. This’ll be Samantha’s third trip to the Mitsubishi motors cup having completed the BE100 final in 2017 and BE90 2016.
Runners up and also claiming their BE100 Mitsubishi Motors Cup qualification was Sarah Spearing and Timberwolf III finishing on their dressage of 26.8. “Wolfie was a little lazy in the dressage warmup, but I managed to rev him up thank goodness,” said Sarah, “my mum said it was a nice test which is always a good sign!” The partnership jumped double clear inside the time, “cross country he was amazing…the hedges were incredible to ride, he just flew them and we finished bang on the optimum time!” Sarah and Timberwolf III will return for their second trip to the championships as they completed the BE90 section this May. “As long as I mean it and tell him he has to gallop and jump everything he will,” says Sarah, “I don’t think he would go out of the start box if I rode him half-heartedly.”
Chris fairs took the BE90 regional final section I win on Whinchat by scoring an impressive 16.8 dressage mark and jumping double clear to lead the section. Section J also saw many sub 20 dressage scores with Ellie Morton stamping her place at Mitsubishi Motors cup next spring after jumping double clear to add nothing to their score of 16.5 to top the class on DHI Sambuca.
The BE100 section B saw Robyn Gray and Little Mill II add another consistent number one placing to last week’s Cholmondeley victory. The pair were second after dressage but then jumped another perfect double clear inside the time to take the win on a score on 25.0. “She’s such a pleasure to ride and always is so genuine in all three phases,” said Robyn, “The cross-country course was big and bold but rode really well and the team had done a great job with the ground. A lovely friendly event, I’ll definitely be back.” Robyn also piloted the mare’s half-sister Coco Reef into fourth place in BE100 section A. “She’s only a five-year-old so exciting things to come with her,” said Robyn.
It was a great weekend for Samantha Jimminson who also finished second in section B on board Expert with only 0.5 points behind the winner on a score of 25.5.
The competitive section was lead after dressage by Cheshire based free-lance rider Harry Moran on Chloe Cashmore’s Galwaybay Lucky with a dressage mark of 24.5. “I am really happy with how he is progressing and I could tell from the dressage warm-up that his confidence had increased,” says Harry. “He went as well as I expected and it was really nice to get a clap and thumbs up from the judge at the end of the test!” Following the dressage, the pair picked up an unfortunate 4 faults show jumping and a handful of cross country time penalties to drop them to an eventual sixth placing. “Chloe will be taking back the ride soon” said Harry, “she will have lots to look forward to and he continues up the levels.”
World equestrian games hopeful Rosalind Canter won the Novice section on Shannondale Nadia. Ros and the six-year-old mare lead the section from start to finish jumping double clear inside the time to finish on their eye-catching dressage score of 17.0. “Nadia went really well at Skipton and did nearly a foot perfect dressage,” said Ros. Their win follows an excellent run of results for the combination who also won the Novice at Aston-Le-Walls as well as at Skipton’s first event back in June, “she must love it here.” The mare’s next event will be Somerford International (16th- 19th August) with the aim of the six-year-old championship at Osberton later on in the year.
The open novice section F was dominated by Sam Ecroyd who took both first and second place. The gelding Kasseedorf came back with a bang leading the section following his and Sam’s trip to the young rider Europeans in Fontainebleau earlier in July. They jumped double clear only adding 0.4 cross country time penalties to their dressage of 17.5 to claim top spot. Second place went to Kings Ginger who also jumped double clear with a final score of 19.3. It was an eventing debut for the new combination as the gelding was previously campaigned up to CCI** with Olympian Mary King as the eight-year-old is a second generation homebred with his dam being Mary’s previous CCI4* horse King’s Temptress and sire 2015 Badminton winner Chilli Morning.
BE 100 Section A Lucinda Atkinson, PRF jaguar; BE 100open Section D Samantha Molyneux, Feeling; BE90 Section G Jasmine Watson, Grande By Design; BE90 Section H Abigail Clare, Arleys Goldmine; BE80(T) Section K Sophie Sykes, Farah Sarco; BE80(T) Section L Katie Brickman, Black Jack V