Sarah Carless reports..
Fifteen year-old Josh Moore got his 2017 campaign off to a cracking start with a win at Merrist Wood’s JAS competition. On the opening weekend of the British Eventing winter series, the Surrey venue attracted nearly 200 entries.
Josh and Lylagget Boy, who is known as Wilf at home, were the winners in the BE100 section with an impressive final score of 3.0.
Josh told Eventing Worldwide: “It was a great feeling to start the spring season in such a positive way, having a first win affiliated to British Eventing is very uplifting especially as this my first time competing in the Jumping and Style series. Wilf and I have been working hard throughout the winter months with my instructors Rebecca Gibbs and Mel Breen to improve our skills since our successes at the school’s national championships. Wilf has been with me for three years now and has taught me everything I know.
As I start this year I am really looking forward to competing at Hartpury for the Jumping and Style Championship and after that I will start at BE100 level and possibly move up to novice level depending on how Wilf feels – he isn’t getting any younger at eighteen years old. I am lucky enough to also have the ride on my brother’s horse Bob as well and he has taken to eventing like a duck to water, having previously only show jumped. We competed in a few BE100’s in the autumn of last year and gained some good results and I hope to move him up to novice level and be a part of the u18 programme aiming for the championships at Frickley Park if I am lucky.”
Oscar Gritz and Solo Silvie were the runners up in this section, with Jessie Sheffield and Cloonmore Sam taking third.
The BE90 section was won by a narrow margin of 0.1 penalties by Izzy Hall. Oscar Gritz (Solo Silvie) took another second place with Julie Middleton-Reid (Lady Jessicka) in third. The BE90 Open class win was taken by Georgina Wood and War Horse. Harry Pitt and Indianapolis collected second with Hanna Andrade-Brown and Lislaird Barney in third.
The BE100 Open class was won by Adam Harvey and Picasso V, with the pairing also winning the Open Novice class Katie Hale and Killacoran Blue took the runner-up spot with Natalie McGoldrick and Tricky Johnie taking third.
Natalie went on to win the Novice with the 10 year old Irish Sport Horse. It was a good weekend for the full time equine vet who runs her own practice in Hampshire as she had four top ten placings from her four rounds with both of her horses qualifying for the finals at Hartpury.
“Johnie, the horse I won the Novice at Merrist Wood with, is my most recent acquisition – I bought him in September last year, and managed to squeeze in two events just after buying him, and he placed 10th and fourth. My aim for this year is to take him up to Intermediate level, so this was a good start to 2017. He is super easy to ride, and finds his job very easy, so I’m hoping for an exciting 2017. I have now run my two horses in four JAS classes each – at Merrist Wood and Wellington – and they have been in the top 10 in every class they have competed in.”
Katie Preston and Dreams Come True took second in the Novice class with Claire Foster and CVS Indian Summer in third. Southerly Roberts and Tinx came second by just 0.1 penalties in the Open Novice with BE90 Open winner Georgina Wood taking third in the section with Sjapo Le Sursaut.