SKIPTON

North Yorkshire proved to be a popular destination for many BE90 and BE100 riders this weekend as Skipton’s entries across all levels, including an extra Novice section were up on last year’s list. The well supported event sponsored by Grubbs Boots and Simple System Feeds was set against the stunning backdrop of Yorkshire landscape. Joint organiser and Cross country Course designer Tim Bennet, who runs Bennet Equine Rehabilitation Centre in South Derbyshire alongside wife Isla, credits the increased entries this year to not clashing with Catton Park. “Skipton is a proper farm event run by a dedicated group of volounteers. Everybody is so friendly and accommodating, nothing is too much to ask for. We all do this because we want to, none of us get paid, it’s entirely for the love of the sport!” 

The undulating terrain of the cross country course made the time influential and although horses did not seem to be returning tired, economical lines saved valuable seconds. Saturday morning competition began with BE100, with the Novices running in the afternoon.

Peter Mellor and Beethoven led BE100 Section A from the start. After posting a 24.8 in the dressage and with nothing to add after a double clear inside the time he went on to win, 1.2 penalties ahead of second placed Will Murray and Jolianna.

BE 100 Section B was headed by Charlotte Dennis who posted 1 of only 4 cross country rounds inside the time in this section.

Novice Section E had only 7 combinations complete the Adrian Southwood showjumping track without fault and 2 made it round the cross country inside the time.

Open Novice Section H was headed by a delighted Emilie Chandler aboard Cooley Roller Coaster who is heading to Camphire 1* next month. “I’m really pleased with Cooley Roller Coaster, he has a very big heart and always tries his best for me. I was surprised to win as I wasn’t going for the time but he does seem to cover the ground very well! Skipton is a really lovely event, the rolling hills are always a challenge but the course was well built and gave the horses lots of confidence”

Jodie Stokes

BE100 Section A

28 BEETHOVEN Mellor, Peter 24.8 (75.25) – (4:23) 24.8 1
22 JOLIANNA Murray, Will 26.0 (74.00) – (4:36) 26.0 2
35 ANOUAR Hellewell, Abbie L 30.3 (69.75) – (4:36) 30.3 3

BE100 Section B

61 COTTERSTOWN MAGIC Dennis, Charlotte 31.0 (69.00) – (4:24) 31.0 1
77 MISS EMILY Hill, Catherine 27.5 (72.50) 4.8 (4:51) 32.3 2
64 GOOD NEWS JACK Simons, Emma 32.5 (67.50) – (4:36) 32.5 3

BE100 Section C

133 DUBAI CRUISE Scott, Honor 28.0 (72.00) – (4:38) 28.0 1
110 RUFFORTH QUEENS REGIMENT Mackie, Rachel 23.0 (77.00) 4 3.6 (4:48) 30.6 2
104 KHAIRTHEGA De Wesselow, Delilah 25.5 (74.50) 5.6 (4:53) 31.1 3

BE100 Section D

164 PRIORSPARK PRECOCIOUS Stoddart, Eliza 22.5 (77.50) – (4:27) 22.5 1
161 LITTLE ENCOUNTER Dale, Sarah 23.3 (76.75) 4 2.0 (4:44) 29.3 2
156 ENTERTAINER II Melia, Vicky 27.5 (72.50) 4 – (4:23) 31.5 3

Novice Section E

220 GREY FINNSKY Farrar-Fry, Alexandra 22.0 (78.00) 2.8 (4:37) 24.8 1
201 CHEZET Wright, Matthew 24.5 (75.50) 2.8 (4:37) 27.3 2
223 MY HARLEQUIN LADY Harrold, Becci L 23.0 (77.00) 6.8 (4:47) 29.8 3

Novice Section F

265 PORSCHER Wright, Matthew 33.8 (66.25) 2.4 (4:36) 36.2 1
275 SIR CORCELOT Bletcher, Emma-Jane 27.5 (72.50) 9.6 (4:54) 37.1 2
251 BUCKLE END BERTIE Downes, Andrew 33.3 (66.75) 4 1.6 (4:34) 38.9 3

Novice Section G

312 KNOCKRATHS IDEAL FLIGHT Miller, Sophie 27.0 (73.00) 1.2 (4:33) 28.2 1
304 CHIDDOCK SPOT CHECK Carr, Alexandra 29.5 (70.50) 6.4 (4:46) 35.9 2
303 D GRAND SPIEL Thomas, Rachel 31.0 (69.00) 6.0 (4:45) 37.0 3

Open Novice Section H

356 COOLEY ROLLER COASTER Chandler, Emilie 29.5 (70.50) 7.6 (4:49) 37.1 1
366 WATERSHIP DOWN Gilruth, Emily 34.5 (65.50) 4.0 (4:40) 38.5 2
365 CAVALIERS PRIDE Williams, Ellie 33.5 (66.50) 7.2 (4:48) 40.7 3

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