Mount Ballan Horse Trials

Sarah Carless reports..

Dream win for Super Snoop at Mount Ballan

Mount Ballan produced a fairy tale return to competition for Amy Thompson and 17 year old Super DSC_2419Snoop as they took victory after 19 months off due to injury.

The Monmouthshire event attracted nearly 500 entries in its BE90, BE100 and Novice classes, which also included a Novice Regional Final with riders seeking to qualify for the Novice championships at the Festival of British Eventing.

Amy and Super Snoop took their win in BE100 Open Section G, only their second competition since the horse returned to competition.  The piebald gelding has been owned by Amy, who owns and runs AJT Equestrian from the family farm in Vale of Glamorgan and runs [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‘]First Place Rosettes with her mother, since he was a six year old. Amy is hoping that she and Snoop will be able to return to the level they previously competed at, saying: “We started eventing together both as novices when I was 14. In 2014 we did our first CIC* competition finishing 21st out of 120 going double clear. After this we won our Novice section at Monmouth Horse Trials qualifying for Gatcombe. Unfortunately Snoop then injured himself and required stem cell treatment to his tendon. After 19 months off we did our first event at Solihull – Super Snoop was very keen to be out again, and at Mount Ballan we won finishing on our dressage score of 26. My next event is West Wilts at the same level, and I am then hoping to move up to Novice.

“All being well we will aim for the same CIC* I did two years ago with him. Winning is like a dream come true. I didn’t think I’d be eventing him again let alone winning. I must say a big thank you to everyone who helped get him back, especially the vet Alan Brown for doing the stem cell treatment.”

Several riders scored a double of section wins at the event. Amongst them was Great British team rider Kitty King, who continued her recent good form. Her first came in BE100 Section L with Snow Wind SN, a horse which has not been out of the top six its four competitions this year, and the combination were also winners at Moreton Morell earlier this month.  Her second win came in the Novice Regional Final (Section D) for The Festival of British Eventing, with Vendredi Biats. The pair have picked up four BE wins this season, and after Mount Ballan the pair went on to win the CIC** at Rockingham Castle.

Maximilian Bidinger took victory in two of the three BE 90 Sections. He won BE90 Section H with Autumn Picnic and followed this up winning BE90 Section J with Dylano. Both achieved impressive dressage scores of 22.3 and 25.3 respectively, adding no jumping penalties in either the show jumping or cross country.

Vicky Tuffs was another double winner. She took victory in BE90 Section I with Fernhill Dreamaway on a score of 18.8 at the horse’s first affiliated competition. Vicky also won BE100 Section M with Eden K on another impressive score of 21.0. The horse has not been out of the top three this year with a win at Solihill (1) and third at Aston Le Walls (2) in its previous events this year.

Sara Squires also took two section wins at one of her local events. She won BE100 Section N with Out of the Blue X and Novice Section C1 with Lady Moylisha.

Other section results: Novice Section A Alexander Bragg, Dartans Albert; Novice Section B Arthur Pottier, Burfas Bugaboo; Open Novice Section C2 Franca Luedeke, Cero Song; BE100 Section E Millie Dumas, Electric Lux; BE100 Section F Daisy Berkeley, Piers Gaveston; BE90 Open Section K William Hoddinott, Koora III.

Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee

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