After being forced to cancel due to the typical un predictable British Weather and of course the problems that come with being based next to a temperamental river, the organisers of Llanymynech were determined to give their competitors the run at the rescheduled event and worked hard to make it happen.

A popular event with local riders and the event whose course is the only event to cross through two counties, England and Wales soon filled up with entries from grateful competitors.
The going looked great, and the weather was kind after a day of rain prior to the start, which actually seemed to make the course just right. Wood chippings had been placed in the show jumping on take offs which is now a regular occurrence here, which most riders seem to love – one commenting that they felt spoilt!

The organisers always seems to go that extra mile for competitors with a lovely selection of food stands, including a coffee stand in the lorry park selling everything you would expect from a main chain coffee brand available to those facing an early start and a long day. As well as this a Thai takeaway next to the show jumping went down very well as well as the usual burgers and chips.


Saturday started early with the BE90 competitors getting underway. Elspeth Carr, a local accredited BE Coach took her young horse to further his education and gain him some experience. Completing the BE90, she commented that ‘it was a lovely inviting course, with enough questions to educate a horse new to the 90cm competition and looking to progress.. It was also a great day out, the BE Team at Llanymynech are excellent and everything always seems to run smoothly. The trade stands and food outlets were great – it’s a very well run event’.
Surprisingly during the BE90, a few horses struggled with an angled combination on the course, something that has always ridden well at this event in the past – however those that did get round commented on what a flowing and educating course it was.

Section A

1st Beth O Driscoll, Krafty Kat 28.80
2nd Lauren Henderson, Siun Apache Joy 32.0
3rd Laura Rideout, Coolodge Sox 32.50

Section B
1ST Wendy Mcgarry, Hugo Hunting 24.50
2nd Hayley Mather, Kilgreaney Carousel 29.0
3rd Caz Basnett, Wild Fire 32.0

Section C
1st Katie Thornley, Aristocrat 27.0
2nd Joseph Hughes Jones, Victori Night 29.50
3rd Tigi Hankey, My Romany Knight 31.0


Again the BE100 appears to be a good educating course here, with plenty of questions. Usually llanymynech has two water complexes, but for 2015 the first one had been removed after problems with rising water in previous years. There is also plenty of evidence that the organisers have future plans and developments have already started to add more features to the BE100 and Novice track. As usual there were some extremely competitive dressage scores, that gave the leaders a huge advantage in these sections.

Section D
1ST Paul Sims, Ego 17.30
2nd Katie Heath, Don’t Delay 25.50
3rd Eleanor Wilson, Balladeer Kursalite 25.80

Section E
1st Alice Walker, Rhapsody RFW 22.0
2ND Arthur Duffort, Jack In The Box 26.00
3rd Sarah Hamlyn, Agher Wedding Gift 26.50

Just one section of novice competitors attended, with an Open Novice being run also. Again its clear to see that the organisers are really putting in a lot of effort with this course and it was a shame that the entries were few, but with the rescheduling event clashing with some of the larger events it was understandable and out of their control.

1st Cathrine Taylor, Lorelei 26.50
2nd Loretta Joynson, PSH Mischief 29.20
3rd Sam Rippon, Master Kilkenny Diamond 30.30

Open Novice
1st Alice Walker, Thin Ice 30.30
2nd Harriet Dickin, Dargle Looks 30.80
3rd Mary Lofthouse, Quizzical II 33.10


The weather continued to hold off and the going remained good at Llanymynech on day two. Once again an array of helpers were welcomed with bacon sandwiches and hot drinks before starting for many, their second shift. The BE80 has been running here for a couple of years now and is extremely popular and there is always a buzz in the lorry park among these competitors.

The BE80 course at Llanymynech is a beautiful flowing course that welcomes both the novice event horse and the novice rider into eventing.
Dressage as usual at Llanymynech in the BE80 was highly competitive, but the show jumping although from the spectator point of view looked like a lovely track to rider, did seem to catch out a fair few riders.

Section H

1ST Deborah Paget, Kilmastulla Amazon 24.50
2nd Tracy Hope, Jezzabel 25.50
3rd Sophie Wilson, Mulvin Quick Step 26.0

Section I

1st Sarah Roberts, Sonnet to Shannon 32.80
2nd Helen Wanless, Abbeygate Jewal 33.30
3rd Sam Lloyd, Eagle In The Wind 33.30

Section J

1ST Abby Jade Todd, Llanasa Seren Mai 35.30
2nd Naomi Evans, Dylan 37.80
3RD Hayley Hughes, Noble Dictator 37.90

The BE100 course appeared to flow well again on the second day – however it was the dressage scores that held the placings here. It’s lovely to always see such a high standard of dressage at this event, possibly to do with the fantastic location of the dressage arena’s which are tucked quietly down in a far field away from the cross country yet within easy reach of the lorry park.


Section D

1ST Paul Sims, Ego 17.30
2nd Katie Heath, Don’t Delay 25.50
3rd Eleanor Wilson, Balladeer Kursalite 25.80

Section E

1st Alice Walker, Rhapsody RFW 22.0
2ND Arthur Duffort, Jack In The Box 26.00
3rd Sarah Hamlyn, Agher Wedding Gift 26.50

Section K

1st Jodie Watts, Lickeen Lakeview Milo 21.30
2nd Vicki Lowe, Doe Bertie 22.50
3rd Andrew Heffernan, Shopaholic 23.00

Section L

1ST Ellen Pickard, Wonderboy 25.30
2nd Max Llewelyn Jones, Lucky Pursuit 26.00
3rd Mary Thelwell, Casta Diva 26.70

BE100 Open

1st Louise Harwood, Crafty Web 26.80
2nd Sue Holloway, Ottowa Diode 28.00
3rd Tessa Dollar, Bally Hoo II 28.80


Sunday rounded off with two further sections of BE90. It was a good day out for Abby Corlett taking a win in both sections riding the Real Mccoy and Blue River III. The ground had held well on course following the previous day’s competition on the BE90 track

Section N

1ST Abby Corlett, Blue River III 25.50
2nd Robyn Gray, Keara 26.50
3rd Julie Penny, Out Of The Blue 28.50

Section O

1ST Abby Corlett, The Real Mccoy 16.80
2nd Sarah Roberts, Cartier VD Ruitershoeve 20.50
3rd Vicki Lowe, William XIV 23.80

So Overall another great weekend of competition at Llanymynech Horse Trials and a fantastic job by the organisers of putting on a replacement event in such a short time after the forced abandonment of Llanymynech 1.

The organisers Johnathan and Hazel Radford and Andrew Chadwick commented that they were delighted with how the weekend ran, and grateful that the weather remained kind, making the going just right.

They were also extremely grateful to the helpers that at fairly shortly noticed were able to help at the rescheduled event, meaning that everything ran without a hitch. They are now looking forward to Llanymynech 2 in August.

It appears that the weather really was for once kind to the organisers and competitors at Llanymynech as just as everyone left the showground, down came the rain – in fact it hasn’t really stopped since!

Report by Cassie James

Photographs Courtesy of Hoofprints Photography



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