Another one of BEDE’s fantastically organised events is East Midlands based, Shelford Manor. Run over the Sunday and Monday over the bank holiday weekend the event had everything Grassroots competitors look for in a good event and all commented on how well organised and enjoyable the event was. Following on closely from the 2015 Badminton Grassroots Championships a lot of the pairings were moving up a level or getting another run back in before doing so whilst others were bringing youngsters out for a confidence boosting run.

Very worthy winners of the weekend in every respect were Rachel Hanlon and Bounce Once who flew through section M of the BE100 with a 26.8 double clear. Hanlon said, “Bounce was as fabulous as ever! 26.8 dressage, which is the phase he doesn’t find as easy, a super clear show jumping and stormed around the cross country. The course and the going really suited him and I always seem to do quite well with my horses here. Bounce won at Shelford last year as well and qualified for the Grassroots Regional Final…It was the perfect time for a win as my Dad died of prostate cancer two weeks ago and it has been an extremely difficult time for my family and I. We competed at the Badminton Grassroots Final and my head was really all over the place as Dad was very ill at home and I knew he was dying but he wanted me to go to the Championships. I didn’t perform my best and couldn’t wait to get back home. He dies four days late and I think he’s either watching over me or Bounce is trying to cheer me up as he won 1.05m show jumping class at Vale View the week after and now has won here.” Eventing Worldwide would like to offer its sincerest condolences to Rachel and her family during what must be a very difficult time.

Beth O’Driscoll continued her fabulous form during 2015 with Hazelmere Tiger Lily taking section H of the BE80 (T) with a strong dressage of 29.8 adding just 0.8 time faults cross country to keep her lead. The rider also lead Rolo II to second place in section M of the BE100. O’Driscoll commented, “Hazelmere Tiger Lily is a home bred mare belonging to Mrs Christine Sloman. I am currently having a gap year before going to Birmingham University to study law. Christine is an amazing family friend and offered me the ride of Lily in October. Shelford was only her second outing and although she was quite green cross country she was an absolute super star. Christine came with us in the lorry and her husband, Roger, also came to help and video…Lily has a sweet and cheeky character to handle and I feel like we have grown a strong partnership. I have had Rolo II now for five years. We bought him as my first horse when he was four years old. Due to my A Levels Rolo had last season off and it has taken a while to get him back into the swing of eventing but he flew around the cross country and I couldn’t help but smile as he was going around.”

In Section F of the BE80 (T) Tina Canton and Foxisle Reflection maintained their dressage score of 26 to maintain their lead. Canton said, “Jo Horton’s Foxisle Reflection, or Sausage as she’s known at home, got a last minute run as she hasn’t been out a lot this Spring. It was an ideal run for her as the course was beautifully dressed and varied. She will go for a 90 for a couple of runs and then is aimed at 5 year old qualifiers. Jo has had her since a yearling and broke and produced her herself, I am just the eventing jockey!”

Section I of the BE80 (T) went to Georgia Varro who said, “I had a really good day at Shelford, the cross country course was brilliant and had some really interesting fences. I thought it rode really nicely and my pony seemed to really enjoy it. The show jumps were really fun and the ground couldn’t have been much better. Absolutely love competing at BE and I can’t wait for my next event.”

Marie Graham and Cyono Ter Dolen were followed closely by Ruth Orrell and Traum De Memoir in Section B of the BE90 but maintained their dressage score of 26.5 to take the win. Graham said, “I am a freelance Riding Instructor from Sheffield and combine teaching with running my own livery yard and chasing my 2 year old son around! My horse, Henry (Cyono Ter Dolen), came to me three years ago. I have him on loan for 18 months before I eventually bought him in October 2013. I do a bit of everything with him, he has qualified for the BD Regionals and also has 2 BE regional qualifiers to contest later this year. Shelford is one of my favourite events to compete at, it was our first run this year as I had upped him to a 100 at Oasby at his final event of 2014 and he unfortunately has a fall cross country. Knowing he is not the bravest out on course I specifically chose Shelford to give him a confidence building run on his BE return. In actual fact I don’t think the fall had affected him, as soon as he got into the start box on Sunday he got really excitable and flew around never hesitating at anything. Although the dressage test wasn’t his personal best score I felt it was the nicest test he has done eventing!”

In the BE90 Colina Pickles had two riders who were out to ‘beat the boss’ with Alex Haynes and Overley Mookraker winning section U, Haynes said, “I had a fantastic ride on a young horse who I broke in last year and gave me great pressure all the way through. We are now one step closer to Grassroots!” Closely behind Haynes was Flora Young and Ballingamore Quality Imp, Young said, “(Ballingamore Quality Imp) is sadly for sale. He won at Oasby so we were hoping for a good result, he’s so easy you just have to sit there and point him at the right fences and he’ll do the rest. We were a bit disappointed with his dressage mark as he did a nice test and he is always right up there after dressage but he jumped fab and for a green six year old felt like an old pro.” Another member of Colina Pickles’ team was Hannah Okines who took section E saying, “Monbeg Nordico gave me a great feel cross country and is growing in confidence each time he goes out. I am looking forward to what the future holds and will hopefully qualify for Grassroots this year!”

Section V of the BE90 saw Daniel Megson and Lev IV do a sub 30 dressage to win the section with Sally Wood and Hio Ramiro Boy closely behind. Wood said, “I only joined BE last year in my 60th year on a riding 5 year old! So far we have three regional qualifications. Yesterday was great, my horse, Ramiro Boy (Rauri), seemed to have turned into somewhat of an opinionated teenager but even so he went really well and we are both learning and gaining in confidence with each event. The course was really good and challenging and everything was very well organised with all the stewards being lovely. We are sponsored by Wosskow Brown a firm of Solicitors in Sheffield who sponsor a team of up and coming events. I am Chef D’Equipe for the team.”

Anyone looking for a competition horse wouldn’t go far wrong directing their enquiries towards Vere Phillipps. Phillipps, who is based in Leicestershire with Eventer wife, Clea, has multiple horses produced through his yard currently succeeding at every level of eventing. Two such horses competing at Shelford Manor were Cassino Reeb who won Section J of the BE100 with Ginny Wells and Miss Harriet Wright’s, Lacken Tismond, who was jockeyed by Dani Cuomo to second place in Section P of the BE100. Wells said, “Cassino Reeb is a 6 year old Irish Sports Horse by Cassini. I brought him from Vere Phillips at the beginning of the year and this season he has been placed every time out in BE100 with dressage marks in the 20’s most times. He has so much scope. I spent the beginning of the year until March with him training and working for Ben Hobday at Somerford. Ben thought very highly of the horse. In his first Novice he went double clear at Aston Le Walls. He will now be aimed at Novices this season and a CIC* and hopefully the 6 year old championships at Osberton.”

Dani Cuomo was full of similar praise, “The horse, Lacken Tismond, was bought from Vere Phillips last year and belongs to Miss Harriet Wright who is currently doing Pony Trials. I have taken the ride for the season to produce it for her to hopefully do juniors next year. He is a cheeky horse and can be a bit spooky at fillers but he gave me a great ride yesterday and jumped a lovely double clear and did a nice rhythmical test. I am really pleased with how he is coming on and aim to take him Novice after his next event.” Narrowly beating Cuomo was Rosalind Canter and Bazaars Inca, Canter said, “I only ride (Bazaars Inca) at events as she lives and is produced by her owner, Sharon Bayston, who obviously does a great job with her. She is great fun to ride, particularly as she is nearly full Thoroughbred so is quick and nippy. We will be looking for her first Novice run soon. Shelford is always a lovely, friendly event with educational courses.”

Irish horses were also, as always, out in force with Georgia Holden taking Rehy Rehy Two Step to win Section L of the BE100. Holden said, “We call Rehy Rehy Two Step, Tate at home and have had him since a 3 year old. We bought him at Goresbridge Horse Sales in Ireland. He is a really sweet horse and I hope to go to the 6 year old national championships with him at Osberton in the Autumn. He is a really easy horse to ride and have around and we hyst had a lovely day out with family and friends who are a great support and help. Thanks to the team at BEDE for a lovely event which is local to us being only twenty minutes down the road. Maybe the lie in helped our performance!”.

Richard Jones had a good weekend taking the win in Section O of the BE100 with Kilaballyboy and third in section P of the BE100 with Vampire SVS. Lying just behind him in Section O was Nicola Baguley with Glencarrig Dolphin. Baguley said, “I am absolutely thrilled with Dougal (Glencarrig Dolphin). He is only five years old and having bought him a couple of years ago for dual purpose, a – as a stallion to put on my thoroughbred mares to breed some nice grassroots horses and b – as a prospective FEI pony for my daughter Lucy, he is exceeding all of my expectations! This was only his second run at this level having finished 5th at Breckenborough, so to come 2nd was amazing. He is proving very popular as a working stallion having already had numerous mares to him this season. I love his temperament as this doesn’t seem to faze him at all. We are planning on doing a couple of BE 5 year old qualifiers to see how he is received with his next run at Little Downham. We are also going to parade him at Bramham in the stallion parade for a bit of fun. I thought Stuart had done a lovely job at Shelford, providing a nice educational course which rode well. Despite time being a little tight I managed to wing Dougal round to finish one second under!”

Fresh from coming third at the Badminton Grassroots Finals with Riversdale Magic Heart in the BE90, Heidi Coy showed that moving up to BE100 was a breeze winning the BE100 Under 18 in Section N. The young rider said, “Meg is a 9 year old connemara cross thoroughbred. We started eventing in September 2013 and have been addicted ever since! She has been in the top three placings sixteen times out of twenty events over the past few seasons…She also does working hunter ponies and went to HOYS Last year and will go to the Royal International Horse Show this year. At Shelford she did a fab dressage of 22, the only one in the section to get a sub 30 dressage and one pole in show jumping which was only her second ever pole eventing! She then stormed around the cross country to be the first one back inside the time.”

Rosie Rollinson and Chloe Pearson then narrowly battled it out for second and third with less than a point between them. Rollinson said, “I was running Tango III at Shelford following my 7th at Belton to keep her fit and sweet before my next ONu18 at Catton and Open PC areas! It was her first event since Belton and she felt great, did a nice test and then show jumped well, certainly looking after me in the double! She ate up the cross country, definitely both our favourite phases! I’ve always loved Shelford as an event, it’s always well run epically with the live scoring! I train with Willa Newton after school once a week, and am aiming for PC Champs and Weston if all goes well! I struggle to fit a lot in with school commitments, so it’s great when my hard work pays off! Tangos been on great form lately so let’s hope it continues!”

Overall competitors were full of praise for BEDE’s organisation of Shelford and were very impressed with the BE Volunteers alike. Non less so than Harriey Bagley who came second in the BE100 Under 18 Section S, Bagley said, “I really enjoyed the event and thought it was really well organised. My horse gave me a lovely ride over a really flowing course. I haven’t had the horse long but I’m hoping to move up to Novice soon and Shelford was a great confidence booster to help me along the way as it was such an encouraging course.”


BE80 (T) Section F

1st Tina Canton & Foxisle Reflection 26 D, Double Clear

2nd Jordan Keal & Moothyeb Geneva Mill 27.5 D, Double Clear

3rd Mollie White & Casper IX 29 D, 4.4 XCT

BE80 (T) Section G

1st Oliver Jackson & Oaklands Sagittarius 30 D, Double Clear

2nd Jo Wiper & Darrews Joy 33.5 D, Double Clear

3rd Morgan Price & Konstantin 26.8 D, 9.2 XCT

BE80 (T) Section H 

1st Beth O’Driscoll & Hazelmere Tiger Lily 29.8 D, 0.8 XCT

2nd Kayleigh Nicholls & Casual 30.5 D, 4 SJ

3rd Charlotte Ward & Salvador II 36.3 D, Double Clear

BE80 (T) Section I 

1st Georgia Varro & Orielton Audition 36 D, Double Clear

2nd Katie Stephens-Grandy & Mr Music 35.3 D, 0.8 XCT

3rd Kathryn Grundy & Lux Zee 36.8 D, Double Clear

BE90 Section A

1st Abbie Coulson & Verdiconte 27.5 D, Double Clear

2nd Jessica Murray & A Splash of Paint 30.8 D, Double Clear

3rd Victoria Watson & Harvey XV 30 D, 2 XCT

BE90 Section B 

1st Marie Graham & Cyono Ter Dolen 26.5 D, Double Clear

2nd Ruth Orrell & Traum De Memoir 28.5 D, Double Clear

3rd Tara Staveley & In The Wind 35 D, Double Clear

BE90 Section C

1st Jennifer Blyth & Sonic Boom Bounce 27 D, Double Clear

2nd Helen Jackson & Leverage 26.8 D, 2.8 XCT

3rd Olivia Pepper & Benjamin Brush 27.8 D, 2.4 XCT

BE90 Section D

1st Lloyd Newton & Waterbeck Sammy 25 D, Double Clear

2nd Rebecca Warren & Foxisle Rambo 30.3 D, Double Clear

3rd Jennie Hughes & Czamira 33.8 D, 4 SJ

BE90 Section E

1st Hannah Okines & Monbeg Nordico 29 D, 0.4 XCT

2nd Lloyd Newton & Pillow Talk III 33.3 D, Double Clear

3rd Rebecca Jessett & Percivals Rebel 30.3 D, 4 SJ

BE90 Section U 

1st Alex Haynes & Overley Moonraker 34 D, Double Clear

2nd Flora Young & Ballingamore Quality Imp 36 D, Double Clear

3rd Lucas Poole & Brookstreet Hamilton 32.3 D, 4 SJ

BE90 Section V

1st Daniel Megson & Lex IV 29.8 D, Double Clear

2nd Sally Wood & Hio Ramiro Boy 34.3 D, Double Clear

3rd Amber Nickless & Spotswood Blue Steel 30.8 D, 4 SJ

BE90 Section W 

1st Megan Lewis & Murdoch IV 28 D, Double Clear

2nd Laura Ridout & Coolodge Sox 31.3 D, Double Clear

3rd Ellie Thorpe & Carbank Mr Mouse 34.3 D, Double Clear

BE90 Section X 

1st Laura Hayward & Stanhopes Travelling Man 29.5 D, Double Clear

2nd Lucy Howard & Rushmoor Harriet II 30.8 D, Double Clear

3rd Jordan Kavanagh & Dantes Inferno 28.7 D, 4 SJ

BE100 Section J 

1st Virginia Wells & Cassino Reeb 26.3 D, Double Clear

2nd Amelia King & Killawalla Spirit 27.8 D, Double Clear

3rd Colina Pickles & Enduro A Dalriada 24 D, 4 SJ, 1.2 XCT

BE100 Section L 

1st Georgia Holden & Rehy Rehy Two Step 28.8 D, 1.2 XCT

2nd Laura Sale & Ballyvonare Pixie 30.3 D, 0.4 XCT

3rd Lily Bradstock & Corker Bert 29.3 D, 4 SJ

BE100 Section M 

1st Rachel Hanlon & Bounce Once 26.8 D, Double Clear

2nd Beth O’Driscoll & Rolo II 28.3 D, Double Clear

3rd Helen Lovegrove & Kiwi Girl 33.5 D, Double Clear

BE100 Section O

1st Richard Jones & Kilballyboy Bob 30.5 D, Double Clear

2nd Nicola Baguley & Glencarrig Dolphin 33.3 D, Double Clear

3rd James Black & Capadust 32.5 D, 1.2 XCT

BE100 Section P 

1st Rosalind Canter & Bazaars Inca 28 D, 4 SJ

2nd Dani Cuomo & Lacken Tismond 33 D, Double Clear

3rd Richard Jones & Vampire SVS 33.3 D, 0.4 XCT

BE100 Section Q

1st Dag Albert & John B 27.3 D, 1.6 XCT

2nd Victoria Bentley & Arbor Low Bella B 29 D, 0.8 XCT

3rd Alex Postolowsky & Ashburton 29.5 D, 0.8 XCT

BE100 Section R

1st Abi Jacobs & The Jays Ghost In Cavalier 28.5 D, 0.4 XCT

2nd Rosie Thomas & Killbunny Now Or Never 31.5 D, Double Clear

3rd Colina Pickles & Cendora 31.8 D, Double Clear

BE100 Open Section T 

1st Leilia Paske & Skippy VIII 28.3 D, Double Clear

2nd Harriet Sindon & Rudy Minotais 30 D, 2.4 XCT

3rd Sophie Trotter & Montenagro II 32 D, 0.8 XCT

BE100 Under 18 Section N 

1st Heidi Coy & Riversdale Magic Heart 22 D, 4 SJ

2nd Chloe Pearson & Garryduff Chacoa 30.8 D, Double Clear

3rd Rosie Rollinson & Tango III 31.3 D, Double Clear

BE100 Under 18 Section S 

1st Katie Rucker & Rossdaragh Top Quality 32.5 D, Double Clear

2nd Harriet Bagley & Forestland of Drayton 32.5 D, Double Clear

3rd Elicia Miller & Gentleman George 32.8 D, 2.8 XCT

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