Cat Jamieson reports ……..
Sunday 15th January saw Wellington Equestrian Centre hold a day of British Eventing JAS series, with courses ranging from BE90 level to Novice. Wellington Riding is one of the UK’s biggest and best-known equestrian centres. Set in 300 acres of the Duke of Wellington’s beautiful Hampshire estate.
With over 200 entries it was sure to be a busy, fun packed day.
The day started off with BE90 with over 50 entries in each section, with Izzy Hall taking section A on Uncle Monty with a winning score of 5, closely followed by Flora Insley with a 5.10. Third place went to Miss Katie Hale on Claydon Robinia.
BE 90 Open was won by Sam Gillespie on The Dun Thing, Henry Insley on Highburren Lark in second and Jenna Good on Trewithian Hawkweed in third. Ali Dane came fourth on Supporter Z, who also then went on to win the BE100 Open section.
BE100 Section C was won by Oscar Gritz on Solo Silvie who had a beautiful clear round and a style score of just three! Solo Silvie also came 4th in the BE90. Kylie Roddy was second and fourth with Flora Insley taking 3rd on Doire Mhianaigh Rocky.
The BE100 Open was won by Ali Dane on Supporter Z (Rudi) who at the age of 18 is in his element with the BE JAS series. Rudi has been in the family for 11 years – he no longer does “proper” eventing because the ground needs to be perfect for him to run but he loves the JAS series and his face lights up when he sees a fence. He also showed the crowd how to turn on a tight line from the wall to the arrowhead the only combination of the day to pick that line.
BE Novice was won by Kylie Roddy on Ringwood Gold Dust who also came fourth in the section on Royale Messenger. Kylie had five top 10 placings throughout the day and looks to be continuing 2017 as they finished the 2016 season with a win and a third on both horses at Calmsden 2 in Ocotober 2016. Natalie McGoldrick was second on Tricky Johnie, with Natalie also taking a third, fifth and a ninth between her two horses in the 100 and Novice sections.
Open Novice Section F was won by Southerly Roberts on Tinx with a total score of 9. Southerly probably had the busiest day out of everyone – she rode six horses throughout the day and was the first competitor in the ring and virtually the last. Tinx who won the Novice Open is her own horse, again another great little horse who sticks to the JAS series. Southerly also does a fair amount of working hunter classes with the horses but loves the JAS – she said it’s always an amazing event with everyone being so friendly even at the end of a really long day so I’m happy to help with taking down the course at the end of the day.
When asked why people enjoy the JAS series Nicki Strong who had her own horse Pha Mai Blue in the BE100 open and finished in the top half of the table, said, “The JAS and arena eventing series are a great opportunity to get some off-season course practice, and gives you the motivation and something to aim for over the winter months. Wellington was my first attempt at JAS and it was really good fun, I really enjoyed it, in fact I’m considering sacking off dressage next weekend to have another go!”