Kirriemuir Horse Trials at Auchlishie in the north of scotland celebrated their 10 year anniversary on the 9th of May with a great days competition and for the first time included a new BE80T track sponsored by Airowear.
The cross country course had some new fences and some regulars were given a face lift to keep things fresh at Kirriemuir, not one fence caused trouble but with some tricky combinations throughout it was a challenging course. Colin Hexleys show jumping track rode well and gathered a good audience being by the trade stands and scoring tent. A huge thank you to organisers and volunteers for running a superb day eventing and of course sponsors for the generous prizes.
NFU Mutual BE90 Section A commenced the days competition with a win for Leila Bedawi from Aberdeen on 14.2 Mare Sherbet who scored a whopping 14 in the dressage also the best dressage mark of the day. “Sherbet is a star can’t believe we won again!! She’s really on form this year and we finished on the best score overall in the 90 class to win the Curly Cup Kindly sponsored by Rebecca Chalmers”
Albert Bartlett & Sons BE90 Section B was won by Alison West from Aberdeenshire riding the 12 year old Strachbell Sergeant Belko, finishing with a few time penalties to add to their impressive dressage score of 24. “I’m really pleased with Sargent Bilko, Having been away from eventing for about 3yrs he has come back feeling like he’s not been away and better than ever. He is so happy to be back and feeling very confident”
Stirlingshire Saddlery BE90 section C won by Alison Bogue from Stirlingshire on Marqued Man, “’Kenny is a 5 year old TB who I bought as a 2yr old and broke in, he is completely home produced so I was absolutely thrilled to win the section, it was his third ever event and only his second BE90 so I was not expecting any high placings just wanting a good run. The xc seemed to cause a lot of problems as they had added two combinations which were quite tricky. I had to keep checking the results as I couldn’t believe we had actually won, his dressage had been ok but he was quite on his toes as he had spotted the xc so I didn’t expect to have a competitive mark, he jumped beautifully in both phases so I was so pleased with him. I won the 90 the year before with a different horse, so it’s a very happy hunting ground for me, excellent challenging course, well run and VERY generous sponsors!”
Johnston Carmichael BE100 Section D won by Georgia Burns from Stirlingshire riding Avontuur “I was so pleased with Avontuur as that was his last BE 100 before he moves up to novice now, so it was an added bonus to finish on a win. Kirriemuir was his third event of the season and was already 13th at Warwick and 4th at Dalkeith, hopefully he carries on doing this well at novice”.
Malcolm Group BE100 Section E was won on another impressive dressage mark of 18 by Robert Wilson from Aberdeenshire riding his own 16.2h gelding Harlequin Moon.
The Novice course seen the addition of some new fences making some exciting watching at the water jump which could be viewed conveniently from the lorry park, the PPM Ltd sponsored Novice Section F was won by Olivia Strong Steel from Kincardineshire on Cooley Q “Having only had Cooley Q since August I moved up to Novice with him at the beginning of this season, so was delighted to have a win at our fourth run. Despite a tense dressage test, he produced a fantastic double clear inside the time, storming round the XC track! He is a talented horse and I am looking forward to the rest of the season with him”
Airowear BE80 section G was won by Megan Pratt from Ayrshire on her won 6 year old gelding Voltaires Diamond. Section H was won by Charley Hamilton from Aberdeenshire on Del Boy II.
Report by Kimberley Barclay