LAUNCESTON HORSE TRIALS

Franklin makes it two wins in a row 

Harriet Franklin made it two wins on the trot when she won BE90 Section B at Launceston Horse Trials this weekend.

The Camelford rider and her own Spirit Song won the class with a clean sheet to finish on their dressage score of 26.5. Their victory follows on from their success at Bicton Arena (2) two weeks previously.

Harriet, who is an Equine Dental Technician, has owned 12 year old Noodles since he was a five year old. Before turning his hand to eventing Noodles was a show horse and previously competed at the Horse Of the Year Show.

Harriet told Eventing Worldwide: “I’m really pleased with our recent results as it is our first proper year of eventing. He’s a big horse and for a long time I didn’t want to event him as it has taken time for him to grow into himself. I knew it was in him so I am glad I finally have him out eventing.”

The combination will be aiming to compete at the BE90 Regional Final for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup, formerly the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships, at Pontispool in September for the 2016 championship, and have already racked up two Regional Final Qualifications for 2017. They have also qualified for the British Riding Club’s National Horse Trials Championships in the BRC90 class, having qualified at the same venue as this week’s success. They will be representing Holsworthy and District Riding Club at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian in August.

Harriet added: “I can’t wait for the championships. I wanted to test him out and see how he enjoyed the long format and then he qualified for the two day championships at Swalcliffe. My real aim with him is to get to the Badminton Grassroots Championships, so hopefully we’ll get there this year or the year after.” 

Other winners in BE90 classes were Harriet Foale and Magical Legend in BE90 Section A and Isabelle Webb and Rum Truffle II in BE90 Open Section C.

Launceston Horse Trials also played host two BE80(T) classes, sponsored by Airowear. Victory in BE80(T) Section G went to Hannah Gregson and Diamond Dazzler III. The combination achieved the lowest dressage score of the event – 18.8 penalties – and even a pole down in the show jumping phase could not deny them a win. Finishing on a score of 22.8 they won the class by 5.5 penalties.

Hannah, who lives near Newton Abbott, has owned the eight year old gelding by leading British Event sire Catherston Dazzler since he was a yearling. She says: “It was a great result and I was really happy. I’ve produced him myself and he’s quite quirky so we’ve had our ups and downs. But hopefully we are on the right road now. He felt great in the dressage so I was pleased with the score. I’m hoping to move up to 90 now he seems to be going well. Launceston is a lovely event, very well organised, and the cross country course was fantastic. Looking forward I think we have qualified for the Amateur Eventer Dressage Championships at Blenheim Horse Trials, so I’m looking forward to that, and ultimately I would like to qualify for Badminton Grassroots if we do as well at that level as we have been.” 

The winner of BE80(T) Section F was Torie Sleep and Porthgwarra.

Launceston Horse Trials proved to be lucky for Juliette Hoskin and Tredazzle as the combination won a BE100 section at the event for the second year running. Winning BE100 Section E, the pair finished on their dressage score of 25.5. Eleven year old Daz, as he is known at home, was bred by Juliette and is another winner by Catherston Dazzler, out of her Irish Draught Cross event mare.

Newquay based Juliette commented: “He is a season pro and has done a bit of everything – he has won at Elementary level at British Dressage and is an awesome hunter. Launceston is lucky for me – I must ride better when there’s money involved! There’s no pressure for me or him to do well, we want to enjoy ourselves. But maybe we’ll aim for a regional final for Badminton Grassroots next year. Launceston is our nearest event and it goes from strength to strength – the cross country courses by Lucy where lovely this year. We’ll now be heading to Bicton Arena in August and then possibly Treborough Hill.”

The winner in BE100 Open Section D was Marie Webber and Stormhill Firestar.

Held at St Leonards Equestrian Centre, Launceston Horse Trials has been running since it was introduced to the British Eventing calendar in 2013. Organiser Andy Reeve said the event was a great success. He commented: “This is our third year of running Launceston Horse Trials and every year we are learning and improving more and more. Lucy Wiegersma’s course was excellent and we ensured the going was perfect.  We are so fortunate to have such a great team of helpers who all pulled together on the day and it’s great to have the support of Mary King competing here.” 

Report by Sarah Carless

Photographs Courtesy of Tanzy Lee

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