Report by Sarah Carless
Lincolnshire attracts a class line up for early season event
Over three days, the event hosted some of the sports big names as with a full range of classes from BE100 through to Advanced Intermediate.
The Pony Trial Section K was won by [emember_protected custom_msg=’This content is only available to Members, to read more of this article please Join HERE or if you are a member please LOGIN‘]Eloise Carter and Alfie XI. The time on the cross country was a influencing factor in this section with all but one combination – Anya Kolleth and Drop The Subject, with the pair going on to finish second – picking up time faults. With a dressage score of 32.8 and just 5.2 time penalties, Eloise went on to take the section with a winning margin of 3.5 penalties.
She said: “This is my second year competing Alfie at pony trials. In 2014 he won team and individual silver medals at the Pony Europeans with previous rider, Bubby Upton. Last year I was fortunate to be long listed for the Europeans as I had a great first season, but sadly wasn’t selected. This year I hope to represent Great Britain at the Europeans with Alfie as this is now my last year in ponies, so a win at our first event of the season was a great start, and next we head to Weston. I feel very lucky to have ridden such a special pony, and I doubt I will ever ride a horse quite like him again.”
Holly Needham and Cruz V were the victors in the Open Novice Under 18 Section L. They scored 31.3 in the dressage and a clean sheet in the show jumping and cross country gave the pair the win. Holly told Eventing Worldwide: “I was delighted to win the class with Cruz on our first outing of the season. It was a long journey up to the event from my base in Worcestershire but allowed me plenty of time to revise for my forthcoming GCSE exams. The winter training with Islay Auty and Nick Gauntlett has obviously paid off as I won the ONu18 at Isleham on my other horse Strike a Pose. I’m hoping that the current form continues.”
BE100 Section M was won by Rachel Holden and Martel, who will be heading to Badminton in May having qualified for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup BE100 final. She said: “I’ve been trying to win our local event for a few years and I thought I had missed my chance last year when I went way to fast on the cross country and dropped from 1st to 11th! It’s great to get off to a brilliant start at the beginning of the season but I’m a bit worried that we might be peaking too early as we have qualified for the grassroots final at Badminton!”
Heidi Coy and Royal Fury were another of the BE100 Section winners, taking victory in BE Section A. Heidi has had six year old Rory for just over a year. The pair scored 25.5 in the dressage and added nothing to this in the show jumping and cross country phases.
She said: “When I first got Rory he had done no eventing so I brought him out at the back end of last year and he has been great! We had a win at Little Downham last year in the BE100u18s and he went to Burghley Young Horse Final in the five year old class were he finished 11th with the best jump mark of the day. We started our season this year at Islelam where he finished 2nd on another double clear. It was a great feeling to win Lincoln on him knowing that I produced him myself and especially with all the pros in my section. My plan for this season is to move up to Novice and I would love to do the Osberton Six Year Old championships with him.
The event attracted some of the sports big names, who see the event as a warm up the serious tests to come. Matthew Wright scored a double of wins over the weekend. The first came in Novice Section H with Vitalin Vigour and this was followed up in Open Novice Section J with Moorea.
In Open Intermediate Section O, Oliver Townend took the win on ODT Ghareeb, the horses first event since Bramham CCI*** last year. He was closely followed by Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul in second.
Open Intermediate Section P was won by Bettina Hoy with Seigneur Medicott who only added 1.6 time penalties to their dressage score of 21.1. Sweden’s Ludwig Svennerstal made it a one-two in Intermediate Section R taking the win with Balham Mist and second with Master Ping.
A small number of riders contested the Advanced Intermediate section with Kitty King and Ceylor LAN taking the victory. With a 28.4 dressage, the combination added two time penalties to their score on the cross country to finish on 30.4 – giving them a winning margin of three penalties ahead of Izzy Taylor and Its Chico. Third in the Advanced Intermediate section was Simon Grieve and Drumbilla Metro. Kity said after the pairs first run since Blenheim in September that it was “a super way to kick off the season.”
Abigail Boulton returned to competition with Tilson Tic Toc in this section – her first event since a fall which left her with multiple fractures and breaks to my cheekbone and eye socket. Only six weeks after the accident the pair finished seventh.
The event also paid tribute to Izzy Squire, who died tragically in an accident whilst on holiday in Vietnam. Izzy was a member of Midlands Region Under 18 Group and ribbons in the region’s cross country colours were given to riders to wear these on their jackets or in their horses’ manes and tails during the jumping phases to remember Izzy and her love of the sport.
Section results: BE100 Section B Stephanie O’Neil Ardeo Fun Size; BE100Open Section C1 Bonnie Fishburn, Direct Flo; BE100 Section D Alex Portolowsky, Freya V; Novice Section E James Sommerville, Altaskin Jack; Novice Section F Veera Peltokangas, Silver Minnie; Novice Section G Janet Clarke, Castle View Larry; Open Novice Section I Andrea Clark, Murphys Bonanza; BE100 Section N Lauren Rayner, Vivogue; Intermediate Section Q Lizzie Baugh, Quarry Man; Intermediate Novice Section T Bubby Upton, Fernhill Rockstar.
Photography courtesy of Lorraine Porter