Sarah Carless reports..
The jumping phase of the Mitsubishi Motors Cup proved influential resulting in a shake up of the standings and two new names on the championship trophies.
After two years with the same winner, the 2018 BE100 witnessed a new champion in the form of 21 year old Lois Teal as she convincingly took the title with her own Z7 Catastrophe.
For a long time it looked like 2016 and 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Cup holder Katie Hancock was going to make it three years in a row but the five penalties she collected from the show jumping turned out to be expensive as she finished the day in the runner up spot.
For the winner, North Yorkshire’s Lois, there was nothing to add to her dressage score of 27.3 following two penalty free jumping phases on her eight year old German-bred gelding which left them with a 2.5 penalty advantage over her closest rivals.
Lois said; “I really enjoyed it! I’ve got a really good team behind me and I’m quite laid back person, when we arrived I’d be happy to finish in the top half on a score less than 35! We thought if he [Z7 Catastrophe] didn’t suit me he’d suit my brother as a hunter – my brother didn’t get him!”
Former champion Katie and her eight year old British-bred mare Chytodden Crystal Rose finished on a score of 29.8.
Katie said: “It’s fantastic to be back, we all aspire to be here; without the Mitsubishi Motors Cup we wouldn’t be able to gallop on this course in front of the house and we are all lucky to be here. You need to keep a level head because Badminton will eat you up and spit you out if you don’t – I’ve done a lot at home to prepare to get here.”
Charlotte Agar and her seven year old gelding Gambler VD Beekzijde complete the top three thanks to a valuable clear round in both the show jumping and cross country which saw them finish on their dressage score of 31.6 penalties to move them up over 30 places after the dressage. Commenting on her day; “It was absolutely amazing! I wanted to complete, he’s never done anything like this before and dressage isn’t his strongest phase, it was much, much better than I was expecting.”
It was an agonising wait for BE90 winner Lauren Burton who was second out on the BE90 cross country course this afternoon; after adding nothing to her dressage score of 30.1 penalties she had to wait until the end of the day to find out that the title was hers. The Mitsubishi Motors Cup debutant piloted Susan Allerton’s D Akieda to a fantastic double clear to secure the win by the narrowest of margins over second placed Robert Gilsenan who finished on a score of 30.3.
An overwhelmed Lauren said; “I came just hoping to get around. I was pleased with her test, she went well. It’s been a good experience!”
Frustratingly two seconds too fast on the cross country cost Robert the win on the 10 year old gelding Landis Rocket Man, as the additional 0.8 penalties on his dressage score of 28.5 saw them finish with a score of 30.3 for second place. Robert praised his consistent horse who has only once returned without a rosette from a BE event, claiming that “he always goes really well and never has a bad day,” and that Robert was “annoyed with himself, but top three is a really good achievement; [Landis Rocket Man] didn’t put a foot wrong.”
Another Mitsubishi Motors Cup first timer made up the top three with 14 year old Freya Kendrew and Romeo III completing on a score of 32.1. The 18 year old gelding has been a part of the Kendrew family since a four year old and showed all of his experience to bring the combination in third place against a highly competitive field, just picking up four penalties from the show jumping to add to their dressage score of 28.1.
Images courtesy of Tanzy Lee and Kit Houghton
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