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Under 18 Champions crowned at Frickley Park
Sarah Carless reports….
Four days of fantastic competition at Frickley Park Horse Trials concluded with the crowning of The National Saddle Centre BE100u18 and CCIJ* Under 18 Champions.
Hosted at the South Yorkshire fixture for the first time, the CCI1*J team title went to the Eastern region on a total of 205.4 penalties ahead of the Midlands on 209.8 penalties with the South West completing the top three on 221.1 penalties.
The BE100u18 Championship, sponsored by The National Saddle Centre, saw the Midlands come out on top with 135.4 penalties, just 1.4 penalties separated the second placed South West region from the top spot with the Eastern team taking third place on a total of 140.4 penalties.
The National Saddle Centre BE100u18 Championship
All four riders in the winning Midlands team produced double clear jumping rounds to finish on their collective dressage score of 135.4 penalties each taking home The National Saddle Centre winners rug, cut glass bowls, leather head collar from The Worshipful Company of Saddlers and BE Training Vouchers.
Riding for their region and securing the win were; 15 year old Lauren Miller from Nottinghamshire and her own Wisla (32.0 pen), India Pover, 16 from Leicestershire, and her own, Mr Steve Lyons and Mr Jamie Archer-Shee’s Baydale Jupiter (34.1 pen), Derbyshire’s 17 year old Stephanie Faulkner and her own Spot on Finale (33.9 pen) and Molly Brown, 15 from Leicestershire, on Mrs Jenny Scott’s Ifan.
The individual title went to Oxfordshire’s 16 year old Sasha Hargreaves on her own seven year old gelding Cranny Volt. Helping the Central region to a fourth place finish in the team event, Sasha completed on her impressive dressage score of 29.0 penalties to lift the BE trophy with a 2.3 penalty advantage over second placed Wales & Borders team rider Tessa Hemming. Completing the podium line up was Tori Mcalister, who only started with British Eventing this year, and her own and Miss Laura Mcalister’s Corrieview Brynn.
Sasha told Eventing Worldwide: “It feels very overwhelming. I wasn’t expecting it at all. My aim for the season was to get selected for Frickley – I didn’t dream of getting place let alone winning. After being in first after dressage I aimed for top 10 but still not winning. The competition was ridiculously close, the person lying in second after cross country was only 0.1 behind me so the pressure was on all weekend.
“I’ve really learned how to deal with pressure as right from Thursday morning I was in the lead with no space for any mistakes. Luckily our team trainer Mandy Lucey did a brilliant job of chatting to me to keep me calm but pressure is something I really struggle with so having to show jump last knowing that I couldn’t afford a pole was very stressful but I think having that experience will help me having to deal with pressures in the future. I have also have learnt a huge amount of team spirit as our team didn’t really know each other when we arrived but our joint competitiveness meant we all came together and the loveliest thing was when I finished my show jumping round was that a group of people who I didn’t know four days before came up all came up to hug me. It made the experience so much more enjoyable having people to share it with.”
The Eastern region enjoyed a successful Championships claiming the team title, winner’s trophy and a leather head collar each, kindly donated by The Worshipful Company of Saddlers. The squad of Katharine Mason, 18 from Norfolk, and Mrs Gillian Mason’s Ariban (47.4 pen), 15 year old Leilia Paske from Suffolk with Miss Emily Westwood’s Skippy VIII (52.0 pen), 16 year old Martha Craggs, also from Norfolk, on Mr Marcus Craggs and Mrs Emma Craggs’s Corbett (54.6 pen) and 15 year old Zara Lye from Suffolk and her own Jana de Cavaignac (51.4 pen) completed on a team score of 205.4 to finish with a 4.4 penalty lead over the Midlands team with the South West Team taking third.
The results of the individual CCIJ* competition marked a special result for the Frickley Park team as daughter of the Frickley landowners, Charlie and Jayne Warde-Aldam, clinched first place in the hotly contested class.
Sixteen-year-old Connie Warde-Aldam topped the leaderboard with her own eight-year-old gelding Chilli Chap. Scoring 44.5 penalties in the dressage phase, the combination added just 2.4 cross country time penalties to their score to finish on a total of 46.9 penalties, giving them a lead of 0.5 penalties over second placed Katharine Mason and Ariban, with Holly Needam and Strike a Pose taking third.
Jane Peters, Chairman for the BE under 18 Programme, commented: “Charlie and Jayne had a vision that they worked so hard with their team to achieve, a fabulous event producing a very educational competition for the under 18 riders – lots and lots of happy memories and a fairy tale ending.”
Joint Organiser of Frickley Park Horse Trails Vanessa Fleming commented on the weekend; “We were thrilled with how the event went this weekend the atmosphere was really exciting on the Sunday as it became clear that it was such a close margin in the scores and it was a real test of nerves for these young riders. It was fantastic that Connie Warde-Aldam should have a home win and she certainly kept her cool in the show jumping to win on a lovely clear. Despite having a very wet Friday both the Championship course and the CCI1*J rode really well and it was great to see. The ground team worked really hard all weekend making sure that, despite what the weather was doing, the event was going ahead and both the Mark Philips courses lived up to all expectations. It was an action packed five days and we have learnt a great deal in a short time and very much look forward to doing it all again next year.”
The event also hosted a range of national classes from BE90 to Intermediate Novice – attracting more than 600 entries. Fiona Davidson took victory in both Novice classes. She won Section K on Cranny Hill Chosen and Section L with Foxfields Chanteuse.
Laura Greenhalgh continued her good form with a win in BE100 Section D with Stanhopes Travelling Man. It was the pair’s third win at this level this year, with the pair not being out of the top four at BE100 in 2016. Laura was also third with Rockmills in Novice Section K.
Laura told Eventing Worldwide: “We seem to be having a good run – fingers crossed it continues. Stan was brilliant. I know from last year the time is usually tight at Frickley and with it being the Under 18’s and Junior championship I thought this would still be the case, which works well for us as Stan is really good at jumping out of his stride and keeping a consistent rhythm. And the show jumping usually can cause a bit of trouble, but Stan was jumping fantastic so he made it easy. He’s such a trier. We are definitely aiming for Badminton again but still at BE90 level – we just feel if he qualifies for the championships again he gets to run at a level he’s still really confident at. Fingers crossed we can qualify and our good run continues.”
Section results: B100 Section C Emily Hobson, Anouar; BE100 Section E Bridget Elizabeth Lancashire, A Touch of Brandy; BE100 Open Section F Samantha Molyneux, Feeling; BE100 Plus Secton G Sarah Colgan, Machno Radience; BE90 Section H Ellie Clark, Lex IV; BE90 Section I Emily Proctor, Larksbelle; Intermediate Novice Section J Nicola Baguey, Windy Miller; BE90 Section M Jennifer Baker, Borislav; BE90 Section N Lauren Burton, D Akieda; BE90 Section O Sophie Probert, Sukarlos II; BE90 Section P Sophie Croxton, Mr McGowan; BE90 Open Section Q Ian Rober Bennett, Blowell Beeline; BE80(T) Section R Nicola Parker, Millers Lace; BE80(T) Section S Lucinda Kidson, Corscaron Hedfanwr; BE80(T) Section T Alison Clayton, Corelli II.
Photographys courtesy of Dave Cameron