Sarah Carless reports….
Stillwell books Badminton ticket at Homme
Homme House maintained its place as one of the most popular mid-week summer fixtures, attracting more than 500 entries.
The event was an opportunity for riders to book their place for next year’s Mitsubishi Motors Cup final and for young horses to qualify for the British Young Horse Championships later this year.
The Herefordshire event hosted two KBIS Five-Year-Old qualifying classes – with two large sections of future eventing stars. Section F was won by Sarah Parkes and Isabelle Mirah. The combination has had a great campaign for the championships with six top ten placings in the qualifying classes this year. Section G was won by Vicky Tuffs and CFS Cooley Pot of Gold, with Vicky also picking up victory in BE100 Section R with Goldwin
Other double winners at Homme House were Tim Rogers and Jesse Campbell. Tim was victorious in BE90 Section J with Livell and BE90 Section L with Bloomfield Bantry. Campbell picked up his brace of wins in Novice Section B on Lord George III and BE100 Section I on Fado.
Two regional finals were held for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup in the BE90 classes. Section N was won by Anna Stillwell and Wellshead Squiggle, owned by Sue Lanz. The pair have had a great season finishing second and fourth in their previous events at Pontispool and Treborough Hill before their win to qualify them for the final at Badminton next May.
Anna told Eventing Worldwide; “I was over the moon – Squiggle felt fantastic! We do quite a bit of British Dressage, currently competing at Elementary quite successfully; which has helped with my eventing so much. This has been my first season doing British Eventing with her and my aim was to have fun, as she is such a fantastic mare who enjoys eventing. I couldn’t believe we managed to qualify for the regional finals let alone go on to qualify for Badminton in our first BE season. My aims are to continue to improve my dressage and eventing – and hopefully work up the levels with her and just see where this fantastic horse takes me.”
The second BE90 Regional Qualifier, Section O, was won by Stef Woolley and Freckleton Matador. In a low scoring section the pair took victory on their dressage score of 19.8.
Another grassroots rider continuing her good form at Homme House was Louise Price, who rode Hoffnant Bright Eyes to victory in BE90 Section M, giving them a ticket to a regional final and the opportunity to qualify for the final as well. Louise was also fourth in BE90 Section K with Pilgrims Aeriel.
Louise, a freelance groom, commented: “It is always in the back of my mind to try to qualify for Badminton as that would be the icing on the cake at the end of the season. I have ridden Hoffnant Bright Eyes for two years now, and he is a super little pony so to get the best dressage in our section and get double clear at our home event was amazing for us. I have two horses of my own that I have Regional final tickets with as well so fingers crossed we could get to Badminton.”.
Section results; Novice Section A Andrew Nicholson, Yacoba BK; Novice Section C Daisy Berkeley Midsummer Picnic; BE100 Plus Section E Kiah Webster, Dino V; Open Novice Section D Roberto Scalisi, Goonhilly Down; BE100 Section I Emily Philp, Mister Bond II; BE90 Section K Louise Scammell, Snorkmaiden; BE90 Open Section P Ffion Hibbard, Kylemore Charlie; BE100 Section Q Flora Harris, Swanview Tarco; BE100 Open Section S Kathy Oliver, TS Casimiro.
Photographs courtesy of Dave Cameron