Tinky Morris reports ….
BEDE Events definitely ordered the right weather for Shelford Manor (1), with sunny skies all weekend, after relentless rain through May obliterating the British Eventing calendar. Yet the ground was remarkably dry considering the weather, leaving perfect ground conditions for the weekend’s sport. Situated just off the River Trent, Shelford Manor offered classes ranging from BE80T to BE100, all featuring a new cross country fences and route across the grounds. Designed by Stuart Buntine, the new cross country course proved to be a test with rewards for good riding and technique. The showjumping course was built by Beau Wood, and although it showed its fair share of problems, the course was inviting and fair over the undulating ground.
Winners to keep in mind include 15 year old Flynn Kewney, and his ride Financial Express. They stormed the BE90Ou18 Section F, finishing on their fabulous dressage score of 23.1, over seven marks ahead of their next best competitor. Flynn spoke to Eventing Worldwide:
“I’m 15 and enjoying my first season of BE with Mac who I’ve had since September 2020. We had a super day at Shelford, and the best part had to be flying through the final arch cross country having gone double clear! I hope to step up to BE100 in a few months and continue our successes through the levels.”
Flynn and Financial Express also won at Keysoe earlier this month, so are definitely a pair to watch at their next event at Speetley.
Paul Burgess scored a 1-2-3 (albeit in different sections) over the weekend, with his rides Noble Son, Colandro Rivie and Tanaga respectively. All horses finished on their dressage score, and all scores were sub-30 – an impressive feat. Paul spoke about his weekend:
“I was really pleased with all 3 horses and for all 3 phases to come together with them all on one day; makes the hard days worth it.
Noble Son (Rabbit) is now looking towards stepping up a level in the near future, a horse which I think a lot of with lots of talent and a great attitude. Colandro Rivie has just stepped up to 100 so will continue for a bit whilst he learns his trade. I share the ride on Tanaga with his owner who does British Dressage with him, he has evented before but this was his first 100 since 2015.
It’s been hard through Covid especially as I moved into a yard and set up on my own at the beginning of the Covid pandemic but all the horses are going really well.”
Blaine Cooper-Jones was another sub-30 finisher, taking victory in BE100 Section D with her ride Monmore Promise. She spoke to Eventing Worldwide:
“I run a small livery yard 10 minutes from Shelford and am a UKCC level 2 coach but prior to this I was studying for an MSc in counselling and psychotherapy and already had an MA in history, so have had a bit of career change! Monmore Promise (Ciara) is an 8yo ISH who came to us as a completely unseen 3yo from a breeder we know in Ireland. She was a bit of an ugly duckling but has completely transformed and has been a pleasure to produce, which I have done all myself. Shelford is always one of my favourites so riding my lovely horse around the fantastic courses was a real highlight after last year being a bit of a non-starter! We are hoping to make the move up to novice later this year which I am really looking forward to after such a confident run!”
Livery and competition yard owner Alice Norman had a win and a runner up over the weekend. Joey Tribbiani was victorious in BE100 Section C, finishing on his dressage score of 30.3, whilst Akindofmagik II was second in BE90 Section H on a score of 31. She said:
“Akindofmagik is owned by Pat Harrison and I’ve had the ride on her since a 4 year old. She is an incredibly sharp little mare and has taken time and patience to unlock her potential. I was thrilled for her to get all 3 phases right in one day as she seems to always get 2 out of 3 right!
Joey Tribbiani owned by Stephanie Prately was jumping his first 100 and really delivered. He is super consistent, this is his first season eventing and he has placed every time out. Both horses are next out at our local event Little Downham Horse Trials next weekend.”
Other notable wins included John-Paul Sheffield and Shannondale Aero, who finished with over a pole in hand in BE100 Section T. Ros Canter and Destiny had a similar performance in BE100 Section X, as did BE100Ou18 Section A winner Annie Smith and Annaghmore Lad.
The weather proved to set the scene for a fabulous weekend of sport, and Shelford Manor’s second event of the season (28-29th August), will sure to be a popular one in the entries. Entries open on July 19th.
Other winners include:
- 5YO Section W – Ditchford Explorer – Mrs. Sarah Way
- BE100 Section E – Rathcline Kestrel – Mrs. Katie Stephens-Grandy
- BE100 Section S – Rachan Wind Dancer – Mrs. Keeley Martin
- BE100Open Section R – Doctor of Diplomacy – Miss Harriette Howard
- BE100Open Section V – Ballins kelligs – Mr. Andrew Downes
- BE100Ou18 Section B – Greyford Boy – Miss Lauren Hewett
- BE80(T) Section J – Galtee Kassy Cashel Girl – Mrs. Sara Ridgway
- BE80(T) Section K – Athenry Blake – Mr. Stuart Ward
- BE80(T) Section L – Tresaison Hawksbay – Mrs. Claire Gough
- BE90 Section H – Escaada – Miss Betty Baker
- BE90 Section I – Boleybawn Mylo – Miss Victoria Mitchell
- BE90 Section M – Exclusive Dot Com – Miss Jessica Baugh
- BE90 Section N – Ballylahive Prince – Miss Hannah Lucy Comery
- BE90 Section O – Along Came Molly – Miss Chloe Whitehead
- BE90 Section P – Lord Rossbuck – Miss Annieka Bacon
- BE90 Section Q – Noble Topman – Miss Emily Hingley
- BE90Ou18 Section G – Nono – Miss Cordeilia White