Sarah Carless reports…
Keith returns to winning form at Forgandenny
After the disappointment of having to cancel earlier in the year, Forgandenny’s second British Eventing fixture went ahead to great acclaim.
The Perthshire event was forced to abandon competition in April due to adverse weather conditions. However, despite some bad weather, it’s July event went ahead attracting more than 450 horses and riders.
Winners in BE90 Section I were Henny Cooper and Allerly Lass. The pair scored an impressive 22.0 in the dressage. They added four faults in the show jumping and collected 1.6 time faults across country, where times faults were collected by many, to win on a score of 27.6. Henny was also third on Valentino III in Open Novice Section G.
Henny told Eventing Worldwide; “Forgandenny was a lovely new event and the cross country rode very well . Maddie who won the BE90 section is owned by Jenny Barr. Our aim was to qualify her for Scottish BE90 championships which she achieved at Forgandenny. I have a group of eventers I compete from home ranging from 90 to CCI**. Maddie only started eventing this year and hadn’t really done much before hand just hunted so she has come a long way, she is a bit of a dressage diva we have just had to work hard on her fitness for the jumping phases her plan now is to do one more 90 before having a break and stepping up to BE100 next year. Valentino who was 3rd in the ON has competed successfully at 2** level this year with a 14th place at Tattersalls CCI**u24 and he is aiming at advanced at the end of the season.”
Another BE90 winner was Emily Kieth and Whose McCloud in Section N. It was the pairs first competition in three years following injury and Emily was delighted to be back to winning form.
She told Eventing Worldwide; “We had a ball at Forgandenny. I’ve had him for 9 years since he was 5 and have previously competed to 2* but it is just lovely having him out again as we didn’t know if he would ever compete again. We have downgraded him to have fun and try and keep him in one piece. It was great competing at Forgandenny for its first event as it is only 30 mins up the road for us and mum sponsors a section through her tack shop ‘The Tack Room.’ I loved how the layout made everything easily accessible and I thought the ground held up really well despite quite a lot of rain on Sunday.”
Wills Oakden continued his recent good form with Ballbreaker SD winning Open Novice Section G. It was their fourth win in a row having won at Ballendenisk (CCI*), Richmond (Intermediate) and Belsay (NRF). Wills dominated the section picking up four top ten placings also placing second with Cooley Ghareeb, fourth on All Of A spin and tenth on Blackcol Lotte. Over the weekend Wills picked up two other top ten placings at the event – third in BE100 Section O with Zuccheros Deff Leppard and eighth in the same section with Funky Town.
Following the event organisers commented: “Another great day at the horse trials but the weather wasn’t so accommodating. Once again massive thanks to our army of volunteers who continued to smile and do their jobs to make the event such a huge success. The ground held up amazingly well.”
Section results; BE100 Section A Daniel Scott, Something Classical; BE100 Section B Morag O’Mara, Mr Incredibe II; BE100 Section C Louisa Milne Home, Future Plans; BE100 Open Section D Fiona Anderson, Jack Frost VII; Novice Section E Douglas Crawford, Pocket Rocket IV; Novice Section F Daniel Ockenden, Wayauwega PH; BE90 Section H Mhairi Munro, Atlantic Affair; BE80(T) Section J Kelly Reid, Billy; BE80(T) Section L Rebecca Johnston Harman, Jumble; BE80(T) Debra Rutherford, Skyes The Limit II; BE90 Section M Avril Johnston, Glenmore Creevagh; BE100 Section O Dr Chris Calder, Vitaal II; BE100 Section P Olivia Burns, All Rosie.
Photographs courtesy of Dave Cameron