Report by Georgia Dixon
Oasby Horse Trials is the first of the British PT and OIU21 classes of the year and therefore always popular amongst the younger riders. The weekend did however kick off to a slow start with the first day (Thursday 10th March) being cancelled due to adverse weather effects.
However, thankfully the weather cleared up, the sun was shining and the ground was almost perfect coming into Friday morning, allowing the rest of the competition to go ahead as scheduled. This proved positive for #rednoasby as organisers, BEDE Ltd donated £1 from each start fee to Sport Relief, with riders wearing red for the cause in return.
The BE90 course rode well with only 3 riders getting eliminated or retiring on the cross country phase. BE90 Section W was won by grassroots rider and Badminton Mitsubishi cup contender; Sarah Charnley riding Enjoy II. This is a hoof in the right direction in the lead up to the Cup as they led from beginning to end with a dressage score of 27.3, double clear and only 1.6TF. Lisa Mancuso also followed in Sarah’s footsteps as she took the win on Prince Flynn in section N1 with an overall score of 34.4, the pair are also set to ride at Badminton in the BE90 finals in May.
The BE100U18 kick started the Young Riders sections, having 44 riders in the section, but the win was taken by Amy Bell riding Brutus G. They finished on their dressage score of 28, leaving Amy 3.1 penalties ahead of second placed rider, Isabel White riding Shannondale OSO. The PT class had an even bigger turn out, with 51 pony riders attacking the course. The win was taken by Connie Warde-Aldam who rides Craig Mor Tom – previous European Champion pony – the combination has had a brilliant start to their season, this being their second win out of the two events that they have ridden. Another pony rider who has kicked off her season positively with two top 10 placings in the Pony Trials class is Anya Kolleth. Anya took 4th and 10th place in the class on her two ponies Drop The Subject and Laburnem Ineer, being their first runs out since last October at Oasby (2).
The OIU21 class proved difficult to make the time for the cross country phase with every rider having time penalties. Sam Ecroyd who was part of last years British Junior Eventing team at the European Championships rode Opera House to first place in the Section. Sam led after the dressage on his score of 25.7 and won even with a fence down and 4.4 time penalties, leaving him on the winning score of 34.1. He also rode Wodan III, narrowly missing out on the prizes and coming eleventh.
The Young Rider Susie Berry who came 10th in the OIU21 class also piloted Majestic Meg around the Novice course with a double clear, meaning she took the win in Novice Section K, with a score of 28.8 and being the only rider in the section to come home with no time faults. Richard P Jones was the only other rider who didn’t receive time faults in the Novice classes and he took first and second place in section P – first place on River Law and second place on Kilballyboy Bob.
Paul Tapner not only wore his signature red colours in aid of #rednoasby, but he also rode one of his 3* horses to first place in the OI Section H. Yogi Bear VIII and Paul finished their event on a score of 27.9, getting only 2.4 time penalties with a dressage score of 25.5. Paul Tapner also rode another 3 horses in the OI, one of which was Burghley horse; Vanir Kamira which he took 4th place on in Section I. This section was won by Oliver Townend who was riding pervious 4* horse Black Tie II.
Photography Courtesy of Lorraine Porter