The British Eventing winter series were in full swing on the weekend of January 21 and 22, with five fixtures across the country.
Solihull and West Wilts both held JAS Qualifiers with more than 300 riders competing across the two venues.
At Solihull, the BE90 Section was won by Tammy Jo Bethell and Reckless. Second went to Emma James and Glenmore Gwennic with Helan Proctor and Sonnestrahl taking third spot. The BE90 Open section was won by Ellin Szwec with Clonboo Sunny with Vittoria Panizzon and Villa Ada taking second spot ahead of Laura Dimelow and Diesel Equi Nova.
Oscar Gritz and Solo Silvie continued their good form in the JAS series with a win in the BE100 class. So far this year the paring have notched up two wins, two seconds a fifth and an eleventh from BE90 up to Novice. Kylie Roddy took second and third places with Royale Messenger and Ringwood Gold Dust. In the BE100 Open section Abi Wallis Castle won with Young Sorrento with Vittoria Panizzon picking up another second, this time with Ecklands Elsa ahead of Katie Moult and Bellusiena. Abi’s winning margin was substantial thanks to a style mark of four and being the only rider in the section not to pick up any time penalties.
Kylie Roddy went on to take the Novice class with Royale Messenger with an impressive final score of three. This placed them ahead of Beth Norman and Wellham Mile High and Anna Cheney and Lord Fred. In the Open Nobice, Amy Furness and Landmark Abacus had a winning margin of 29 with style mark of four. Abi Wallis Castle and Young Sorrento followed up their win in the BE100 Open with second place with Sally James and Kapowairua taking third.
The second of the weekend’s JAS series events took place at West Wilts. Olivia Mitchell and Woodland Lad were the day’s first victors in the BE90 ahead of Heidi Ford (Squire of Cranstoun) and Alice Tregoning (Homer Delight), who went on to win the BE90 Open section with Heidi Ford and Squire of Cranstoun once again taking second. Third in the open section went to Holly Bonehill and Respectable.
Alisha Coombes and Delhurens Upsey Daisy started their season’s preparations with a win in the BE100. This pair will be heading to Badminton for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup for the BE90 Championships in May. Georgia King continued her good form with Mojo IV taking second ahead of Caitlin Moffatt and A La Rose Anglaise. Southerly Roberts excels in JAS competitions and with Tinx, she collected another win in the series in the BE100 Open. Tara Williams and Whoa Nelly came in second ahead of Alisha and Delhurens Upsey Daisy to follow up their earlier win.
Tom Searle and Garranlea Vivendi took victory in the Novice with Georgia King and Mojo IV collecting another top placing in second ahead of Megan Lawrence and Killney Ranger in third. Alex Norris and Treffers were the victors in the Open Novice with a style mark of 0,1, with Southerly Roberts and Tinx taking second ahead of Alice Lyon and Glencrue Destiny.
The weekend’s two Jump Training fixtures were held at Richmond and Rodbaston.
At Richmond, the JT80 class was won by Hannay Marley and Cave Star. Maia Daniel and Dolly May took second with Anya Strlkowski and Impact V in third. Libby Colmer and Andy Mac were the winners in the JT90 Class ahead of Katie Stephens-Grandy and Trendy Magic Touch with Hannah Marley picking up another top placing with Booty Boots.
Katie and Trendy Touch Magic then went on to win the JT100 class ahead of Finn Healy (Jack In The Box II) and Georgia Campbell (Whisperwood Overdraft). It is great preparation for Katie who has qualified Smurf, who she bought two years ago, for the BE90 Championships at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup at Badminton in May. Katie had her first baby Sophie Lilli-Anna in June – who has not missed an event to date, and qualified for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup at Oasby.
Katie told Eventing Worldwide: “I’m absolutely delighted with the result at Richmond. We had also competed at the qualifier at Bishop Burton the previous week, where I qualified my homebred Mr Music, winning the BE90 on a score of 25. I am a huge supporter of the Jump Training series, it provides a well presented, technical course at premium venues, allowing opportunity to get young horses out and kick start the season with fantastic judges. Fiona Saxby works amazingly hard, her enthusiasm is contagious.
“I am delighted with Trendy Magic Touch. He has been a very talented and quirky horse to work with. My trainer Chris McGrann has worked closely with me to ensure Smurf has been brought on slowly and carefully. We won a BE90 in our first season and progressed to BE100. Smurf is potentially the horse of a lifetime, he keeps me on my toes! Our aims for this season in the short term are on Hartpury, we are taking Mr Music for the 90, and Trendy Magic Touch for the 90 and 100. We then hope to have a couple of 100 runs and then Badminton. Long term I would hope to solidify Smurf at 100 and when ready aim to go Novice.”
At Rodbaston, Camilla Hardie and Kellythorpes Adonis G were victorious in the JT80 section.
Second went to Anna Mitchell and Loneoakspygmalion with Alice Tongue and Apollo XI in third.
Camilla commented: It was a great outing, despite the freezing cold morning. My horse is rising a 5-year-old by Amour G. He spent all of last year growing very slowly so did very little. This was his first indoor competition so it was a fantastic opportunity for him to get feedback and jump the course twice. As it happens he surprised me and took it all in his stride and jumped two super rounds. So I am thrilled with my home produced chap and aim to jump some BE90’s this year and see where he can take me.”
Freddie Pitchford Edwards took first and third in the JT90, winning with Quickstar with Marrondales Manhattton taking third. Second in the section went to Betty Baker. The JT100 Class was won by Emma Dainty, and Sun City II, with Ned Moreau (My Wee Shoogle) and Finn Healy (Jack In The Box II) taking joint second place.
The final British Eventing series taking place over the weekend was Arena Eventing at Epworth, with classes from 80cm to 100cm.
The AE80 class was won by Sophie Morice and Mistral Sweet Bouncer, ahead of Amy Osbourne and Lowmoor Party Piece and Jan Birley and Eastern Redbud in second and third. The AE90 class was won by Rachel Miller and Sherry Trifle with Abigail Van Den Heever and Solver Endeavour taking second, and Fran Trundle with Wicklow Dancer in third. Louise Oldroyd was the winner in the AE100 class with Full Throttle II. Katie Lovell and Beachlands Lass took second ahead of Amy Smith and Sherry Trifle.