Sarah Carless reports…..
Oasby tops off fantastic season for BEDE Events
The final BEDE Events affiliated horse trials at Oasby rounded out the year in style last weekend.
Throughout 2015, BEDE events has hosted eight British Eventing competitions, starting and finishing at Oasby. One of the last events of the season, the event attracted a strong line up of competitors, with nearly 500 horse and riders combinations entering the event, which ran classes from BE90 to Open Intermediate.
Lincolnshire-based international event rider Alex Portolowsky scored a double of wins at the event. The first came in BE100 Section K onboard Peter Bishop’s Newport Arch. The second was in Novice Section C with Judy Bradwell’s Arwen II.
Norfolk based Joanne Masterton has had a tremendous season, and Oasby was no different. With Darc Legend, the combination picked up their sixth win of the year having previously won at Poplar Park, Keysoe, Little Downham (2), Keysoe (2) and Little Downham (3), where they won the BE90 Regional Final qualifying them for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup in 2016. Joanne has qualified three horses for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup at BE90, having had equally successful seasons with Churchside Marble and Chilham Temple Bar, both of who qualified at the Regional Final held at Prestwold Hall in August.
Joanne, who also got married in July said: “This year has been unbelievable. Darc Legenc is a homebred who I own, whilst Churchside Marble and Chilham Temple Bar are both owned by Deirdre Hunt. I have competed them at BE90 and BE100 and all three have qualified for the Mitusbishi Cio in the 90 section. Darc Legend also won the British Riding Horse Trials championship 90 title this year too. The whole year has been a dream and I am very lucky.”
Rounding off the season, in BE100 Section I Stephanie Stacks and Kingsland Prince of Tide picked up their second win in a row, having won at Bishop Burton two weeks previously. Katie Patrick collected her third win of the year, making a successful move up to BE100 with a win in BE100 Section M. The combination have had eight top 10 placings in their ten events this season. Jeanette Brakewell was another rider to continue their recent success, winning in BE100 Open Section N with Davinci I. The combination have now won three events in a row, also picking up wins at Askham Bryan College and Kelsall Hill.
It was a hugely successful weekend for Laura Hayward. She was victorious in two sections. The first came in BE90 Section P with Rockmills. This was followed by a win in BE100 Section J on Stanhopes Travelling Man, who was fourth at the first event at Oasby in a BE90 section back in March. Adding to her success, it was both horses second wins in a row, with both winning their sections at Askham Bryan College the previous week.
Other winners over the weekend were: Novice Section A Caroline March, Barrichello; Novice Section B Matt Hecking, Harle Belle; Open Novice Under 18 Section D Lucy Robinson, Red Dandy; Open Novice Section E Lucy Hawley, Helpful Harry II; Intermediate Section F Mark Kyle, Kilronan Classic; Intermediate Section G Isabelle Castle, Trelotte; Open Intermediate Section H Bill Levett Natasha VII; BE100 Open Section L Sophie Trotter, Montenegro II; BE100 Section O Mary Edmundson, DG Maradona; BE90 Section R Max Gordon, My Kilbeg Cloud second win of 2015, won at Little Downham in August; BE90 Section S Lauren Rayner, Vivogue; BE90 Section T, Rosanna Dobson, Culfaes Apollo .
Photography courtesy of Lorraine Porter