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Coy ends season on a high with double win at Oasby as Gillespie bags Badminton qualification
A young rider ended her eventing on a high with a double of Oasby whilst others booked their spot in the Mitsubishi Motors Cup final with wins at Oasby.
Despite a pole down in the show jumping, Leicestershire’s Sam Gillespie could not be caught in the BE90 Regional Final Section Q to enjoy a win on Julia Sandford’s Fuegos Forgotten Sonnet. It is the first time the 20-year-old rider has gained qualification to the championship. The pairing had an impressive dressage score of 23.8 penalties and added four faults from the show jumping to finish just 0.5 penalties ahead of second placed Katie Stephen-Grandy and Trendy Magic Touch who claimed their qualification along with third placed Abbie Coulson and Verdiconte.
Sam, who is starting his own eventing yard, commented: “Fuego’s Forgotten Sonnet is a lovely mare, I’ve ridden her since she was five-years-old so I know her quite well. She was actually bred for dressage – we started eventing her just for fun and she improved a lot in all phases. We were very excited when we got the email that she qualified for a regional final. To win the regional final was amazing, I couldn’t believe it and after it sunk in that we were going to be going to Badminton the excitement kicked in. Julia Sandford has always supported me and been a great owner to ride for during the early stages of my career and I’m so glad that she’ll be coming and supporting me and Sonnet at Badminton. I couldn’t have asked for a better owner for it to happen too. It was the best way possible to end the season and I’m already looking forward to the 2017 season. Sonnet doesn’t really know what all the fuss is about yet, but I have high hopes for her at Badminton next year as she always seems to pull it out of the bag when she needs too.”
Victory in Section P of the BE90 Regional Final ensured Cheshire-based Carrie Childs’ come-back to the Mitsubishi Motors Cup for a second year in a row. The 31-year-old produced a fault free round with her own Donner Sara B both the show jumping and cross country to complete on her dressage score of 28.3. Kathryn Woolley from Lincolnshire has also clinched a return to the championships this time with her eight-year-old British bred gelding, Newport Arch. A pole down in the show jumping added four faults to their dressage score 25.0 to take second place with third place going to first time qualifier Francine Lawson.
Young rider Heidi Coy had a double of wins in the Open Novice Under 18 sections, winning Section C on Forrests Foxy Lady and Section D on Royal Fury. It was Forrest Foxy Lady’s fifth BE victory of the season, including a win in the JAS at Houghton Hall, and the fourth for Royal Fury.
Heidi told Eventing Worldwide: “I wasn’t expecting to win one let alone on both of them. It was such a lovely event at Oasby and it has always been a favourite for me. Forrests Foxy Lady was super from the start doing the best dressage of 24.3 and a foot perfect double clear, apart from when I jumped in the water I dropped my reins so I quickly grabbed the inside rein to turn to the B element and jumped it with virtually no reins. Luckily for me Fudge is very honest and is always looking for the flags. I can always rely on her to help me out when I need it. Unfortunately, Fudge is now for sale as I have my six year old (Rory) who I am very excited about to try and aim for juniors with next year. He was also very good with a 28 double clear picking up a few time penalties of 3.2. My plan with him at Oasby was to get a double clear and go slow xc to save him for Aldon this weekend where he is doing his first CCI*. However, with increasing his fitness he flew round without me pushing him for the time. I am very proud of Rory at home as I have produced him myself. My plans now for winter are to give Rory a holiday then come out doing some dressage and some bigger showjumping tracks to get ready to come out and move up to intermediate level with him. My other aim next year is to do a 2*.”
Another rider who has already secured her place at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup took yet another win in BE100 Section K. Laura Greenhalgh and Stanhopes Travelling Man will compete in the BE90 Championships for the second year in a row in 2017, and their preparations are going strong with this being their seventh win of the season, with an additional six top 10 placings.
International riders finished their seasons with their young horses in style. Lucy Jackson win Novice Section A with Mrs Browns Boy, a second win of the season at this level, with Sarah Bullimore won Novice Section B on Corouet and Jeanette Brakewell won Open Novice Section E on Davinci I.
British team rider Izzy Taylor was another to have two wins, taking victory in both Intermediate classes – Section F on Serafina and Section G on DHI Jet Set. Open Intermediate Section H was won by Angus Smales and his four star horse Master Crisp.
Other results: BE100 Under 18 Section I Lucy Price, Corries Whiskey; BE100 Section J Samantha Hobbs, Tregony III; BE100 Section L Scott Wallace, Miserden Solitaire; BE100 Open Section M Charlotte Turner, Coney Square; BE100 Section N Lucy Robinson, Tiger Lily XX; BE90 Section O Georgina Bird, Sophies Diamond, BE90 Section R Stephanie Sacks, Kingsland Prince of Tide; BE90 Section S Olivia Dawson, Sanau Hugo; BE90 Open Section T Stephanie Britain, Primitive Flight; BE90 Section U Amelia Bambra, Carnsdale Show Man.
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