Two new winners of the Mitsubishi Motors Cup on the event of the historic world famous event at Badminton.
It was a pillar to post win for BE100 Champion, Alana Sparrow and Mr Rasshied Din’s Angels Spirit,
Alana led from the first day of dressage with a fantastic score of 25.1 penalties, and added nothing to it during the jumping phases. Riding the13 year old mare Angels Spirit, affectionately known as Goose, this was Alana’s fourth time at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup and her first time on the podium.
Reflecting on having to maintain her lead, Alana said; “Before I went cross country and went and had a look at the scores, I knew I had a one second leeway, so I thought let’s crack on, I can do this. In this competition the dressage is one thing and the jumping phases are another. I’ve got a plan and I know what I want to focus on and it seems to improve as I go on. I know how she needs to be ridden, she needs me to be really positive and really, really focused – I couldn’t have asked more from her.”
Jo Hales also completed on her dressage score (25.8) with Dawn Chorus, and moved up from third place overnight to take the runner up spot. This was Jo’s second time at the championships, having competed at the very first running of the championships in 2010, when she finished in 18th. Jo was also the highest placed Event Horse Owners Association member in the BE100 section.
Ollie Martin rode one of the youngest horses in the field, six year old Martins Irish Eddie. They finished on their dressage score of 30.6.
Ollie commented; “He’s only young, he competed in the four year old championship and was seventh so it was a similar atmosphere, but with all the people here it was different this year. He is really brave and really honest, he needed a bit of confidence at the trickier lines, but he was fantastic out there today.”
There were 66 finishers in the BE100 Championships with 42 combinations completing the cross country penalty free. Twenty-two combinations achieved the optimum time of six minutes and 38 seconds. The most influential fences on the cross country the course were Fence 7, Fence 13, Fence 16 and Fence 20.
Laura Greenhalgh was victorious in the BE90 Championship on Sarah Reeve’s Stanhopes Travelling Man – the combination’s third visit to the Mitsubishi Motors Cup.
Having first competed here in 2016, they qualified again for the 2018 champions and finished in 11th place. And they showed all their experience this year to finish on their dressage score of 24.3 penalties.
Laura said; “He does get fairly good dressage marks, but I never expect anything, I just hope it goes well! I was thrilled with that score; he hasn’t actually done any events since he qualified last year – so I’m really happy with that score. I try and leave absolutely no stone unturned, I’m probably quite intense in my preparations. Last year he had an unfortunate four faults in the show jumping, I had a few last minute tips this year and it just all came together today!”
Georgie Toole couldn’t have asked for a much better debut here at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup, placing second on Kissemmie Midnight Magic. Georgie and her 14 year old gelding added nothing to their dressage score of 25.9 penalties.
She commented; “I was very happy with 25, he normally gets around 27 so I was really, really pleased. I think we were all very nervous walking the cross country – there were definitely a lot of tricky things on the course. He was really good, he was definitely very excited in the warm up so I was a bit apprehensive beforehand. It’s been amazing opportunity and an honour.”
Emma Sutton rounded out the top three after a double clear on her own 14 year old gelding Coltstown Glider, completing on her dressage score of 26.2 penalties. Emma was also the highest placed Event Horse Owners Association member in the BE90 section.
Emma said; “I felt quite nervous, I was trying to stay relaxed and stay cool!” and on the experience; “100%, it was amazing!”
On the cross country, 59 combinations completed without any jumping pentalies with 39 combinations making the optimum time of seven minutes. The most influential fences were Fence 7, Fence 9, Fence 13, Fence 16, Fence 17 and Fence 20.
Each year the Keep Kicking On trophy is awarded to the highest placed rider aged over 40 years old in each class. In the BE90, Amanda Bettle collected the prize after finishing in sixth place on Ysgwynfawr Fergus. In the BE100 it went to Kate Welch following her seventh place finish on Dicali OHZ.
Rob Lindley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors UK, added; “Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Mitsubishi Motors Cup and to all those who have taken part in the competition. To be able to ride competitively across the same Badminton estate as the world’s top class event riders is a truly unique opportunity and we hope that everyone has enjoyed the experience.”
Images courtesy of Tanzy Lee