Glastonbury is typically known for its annual festival where music lovers alike flock in their thousands to party the weekend away. Millfield Preparatory School has now given an additional reason for equestrians to gather in the small Somerset town by adding a British Eventing fixture to the 2015 list.

The event was aimed at Grassroots competitors with BE80 (T), BE90 and BE100 sections running throughout the Saturday and Sunday of the bank holiday weekend.

Danny Anholt, Director of Equestrian Sport at the school and Organiser of the new BE event said, “The event has been some years in the planning as it involved the use of almost the entire Prep School campus.

“We were delighted with the outcome. The course, designed and built by Adrian Ditcham, was superb and has received considerable accolade. Adrian consulted with me throughout the process and was imaginative in the school theme, creating a desk, cricket wicket and our own ‘Glastonbury Tor’, overlooked by the iconic monument, creating some wonderful photo opportunities.”
“The grounds were immaculately presented, all beautifully mown for the event by the Millfield Grounds Staff. In true Millfield style, the event had a wonderful atmosphere of efficiency, attention to detail and a warm welcome to visitors and competitors. Over twenty Millfield Equestrian Staff were in attendance throughout the event, welcoming and assisting competitors and visitors. A good number of trade and catering stands, nestled in the old orchard in the midst of the site, provided a relaxed and hospitable central hub to the event.”

“We were immensely proud to have no fewer than twenty Millfield pupils of all ages, and some of our Equestrian Staff, competing in all classes. A special prize had been donated by a Millfield parent for the Best Placed Student in Full Time Education which was won in the BE100 section by year 9 pupil, Tallulah Bartlett. Mary King, who had a number of rides in the BE100 Open, kindly presented the prizes along with the Millfield Prep Headmistress, Shirley Shayler. The event has been the talk of social media this week and we have received considerable praise for a welcome new event in the BE calendar.”
The resounding top score of the day went to Jo May and RBF Masquerade who beat Laura Collett and Sir Papillon in section I of the BE100 with a clean sheet completing on a 19.5 dressage. May said, “I had a great time at Millfield at the weekend. I thought it was a very slick event, very well organised and manicured! Amazing! Good use of the ground on the cross country and a well built show jumping course. Lovely flat dressage arenas, like riding on a Wimbledon tennis court. My horse ran very well and won his second BE100 on the trot. I own him with Joan and Steve Bessex. We bought him as a four year old to try and get back up to the top level again along with two other horses, the eldest of which is now Intermediate and the youngest is about to make his debut, RBF Masquerade is the one in the middle!”

The best completing score of the BE90 was taken by Georgina Hambly and Hilldown Harley who finished on their dressage score of 23, a full three marks clear of Sophie Jones and The Lynx Effect who came in second. Hambly said, “It was a gorgeous event and I really lovely the atmosphere, everyone was so friendly! They put so much effort into making it a great event. The only down side was the warm up for the show jumping was too small but that can be improved upon for next year I’m sure.”
“I had a fab run, the dressage went well as the arenas were fabulous with a great warm up. I felt the show jumping was challenging with the warm up and it meant that you had to get a good show jumping canter once in the ring. I knew this so I made sure I opened out Hilldown Harley, my five year old bay gelding. He though the jumps were quite spooky. The cross country was a long way around which I loved with some challenging lines and questions for the BE90 with a few options that made you think about where you needed to be. All in all I loved that they made it a challenge! (Harley is) entered for the 5 year old class at Nunney International in June and he has a BE100 run at Ascot Under Wychwood next week as our last prep for Nunney.”

Six year old, Spiders Secret Weapon, also made light work of the BE90 winning section A on her dressage score of 24. Owner/rider Kerry Emms said, “I had a great day at Millfield and really enjoyed the day. It was a beautifully run event and they had worked very hard as the day ran very smoothly. It was a well designed course that rode really well. Secret (Spiders Secret) was a star on the day and produced a lovely test followed by a really nice double clear and I was thrilled with my win. I had a big gap of thirteen years from eventing and I have really enjoyed doing it again.”

In section L of the BE90 Emily Dinnis flew her 14.2hh pony, Disert Joe, to win the section after dressage leaders, Jenny Lo-Vel and Imperial Tangle, had problems on the cross country course. Dinnis said, “I was really happy with my dressage mark as I thought he got a bit distracted half way through the test. He jumped a good round show jumping and his cross country round was amazing, flying everything. The event was very well organised and I was very impressed with how smoothly everything ran, well done Millfield! I am looking forward to returning next year”.

The BE80 (T) course proved to be educational with a majority of combinations making light work of the course. Section E proved to be particular competitive with a score of just 0.3 hanging between Sally Ellis-Gray and Polden Partytime and Lowri Powell and Buck Rogers after the dressage. Powell unfortunately picked up minor errors in the show jumping with one pole followed by 1.6 cross country time faults to ensure Ellis-Gray won the section on her own mare who was making her 2015 debut at BE.

Report by Amanda Brown

Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee



BE80 (T) Section E
1st Sally Ellis-Gray & Polden Partytime 22.5 D, Double Clear
2nd Lynda Kyne & Hung Parliament 27.5 D, Double Clear
3rd Lowri Powell & Buck Rogers 22.8 D, 4 SJ, 1.6 XCT

BE80 (T) Section F
1st Natasha Sear & Sweet Summer Breeze 24.3 D, Double Clear
2nd Holly Aufiero & Jungle Jack 30 D, Double Clear
3rd Sarah Pinfield & Electoral Role 31.8 D, Double Clear

BE80 (T) Section G
1st Naomi Penfold & April Gilrhyd Penny 24.5 D, 2.4 XCT
2nd Jessica Rutter & MGH Coco 29.5 D, Double Clear
3rd Pippar Tucker & Rambo II 29.5 D, Double Clear

BE90 Section A
1st Kerry Emms & Spiders Secret Weapon 24 D, Double Clear
2nd Livvy Nile & Piece of Heaven 25.3 D, 4 SJ
3rd Alice Lyon & Kings Gold 31.3 D, Double Clear

BE90 Section B
1st Georgina Hambly & Hilldown Harley 23 D, Double Clear
2nd Sophie Jones & The Lynx Effect 26 D, Double Clear
3rd Lulu Murray & Donnalight 26.5 D, Double Clear

BE90 Section C
1st Henry Clist & Rough Terrain 28.5 D, Double Clear
2nd Melissa Kitcher & Finest Opposition 25 D, 4 SJ
3rd Maddy Taylor & Burley Dreamwaver 29.3 D, Double Clear

BE90 Section L
1st Emily Dinnis & Disert Joe 28 D, Double Clear
2nd Katy Sawyer & Dainmyth 29 D, 3 SJT
3rd Emily Farleigh & Van Raskina Z 32.8 D, Double Clear

BE90 Section M
1st Christina Hunt & Fuegos Gilly Flower 27.8 D, Double Clear
2nd Morgan Wyatt & Baylew Enigma 29.3 D, Double Clear
3rd Mike Bulley & Adinus III PP 25.5 D, 4 SJ

BE90 Open Section D
1st Sarah Squires & Calvin II 22 D, Double Clear
2nd Sarah Jenkins & My Mr Piebald 23.3 D, 4 SJ
3rd Amelia Harris & Ellis Island II 28.3 D, Double Clear

BE100 Section H
1st Vicky Tuffs & Its Cooley 27.5 D, 4SJ
2nd Jennifer Harris & Fire In The Sky 31.8 D, Double Clear
3rd Leonard Goerens & Brechfa Medrod 33 D, Double Clear

BE100 Section I
1st Jo May & RBF Masquerade 19.5 D, Double Clear
2nd Laura Collett & Sir Papillon 19.3 D, 4 SJ
3rd Jessica Pidcock & Direct Darcy 24.8 D, Double Clear

BE100 Section J
1st Beckie Smith & Langarth Parisa 33 D, Double Clear
2nd Ben Hannabuss & Langson Rose 34 D, Double Clear
3rd Amanda Taylor & Gorsehill Woodie 31 D, 5.2 XCT

BE100 Open Section K
1st Vicky Tuffs & Equi 26 D, Double Clear
2nd Dani Evans & Vlove D Or Ly 27.8 D, Double Clear
3rd Talullah Bartlett & Tiggity Boo 28.8 D, Double Clear

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