Georgia Dixon reports…
Stafford Horse Trials is a very popular grassroots competition, with classes ranging from BE80(T) up to BE100 Plus. They put on two events a year, this was their second event, the first one always at the beginning of the year. Based in the West Midlands it can be easily accessible for people based in the Wales, The North of England, South or the Midlands.
There was one 4YO class which saw 17 starters, 3 of which did not complete, out of the other 14, there were only 2 combinations who went double clear and everyone made the time cross country, including those with cross country jumping faults. The winner, Sarah Parkes rode Zosia around as one of the double clears after getting the joint best dressage. This was Zosia’s first event. Sarah finished on 24.5, with second place finishing on 31. Christine Hardinge and Domino Derval finished in second place after adding 4 jumping faults to a dressage score of 27. Annie Bellamy and Game Changer finished in 3rd and they were the second combination to go double clear and add nothing to their dressage score of 32.3.
There were two KBIS 5YO Sections over the weekend; Section M and Section S. Lauren Shannon and Glenneagle II had their first win together after topping Section M. The combination finished on their dressage score of 31.8. There were 6 combinations from both sections who obtained time faults too fast. Section S winners; John-Paul Sheffield and Celine were one of those combinations after adding 0.8 too fast time faults to their dressage score of 23.3. This left John-Paul just 0.2 penalties ahead of Willa Newton and Champions Firecracker who finished on their dressage score (24.3) for second place.
In BE90 Section B Becky Hartley and Silvers Way danced for a 19 dressage score. After adding 4 faults show jumping they ended up in 2nd on 23. Lucy Kemplay and Clifford went into the lead after finishing on their dressage score of 22.
Lucy Kemplay put in another fantastic score after also winning BE90 Section D on Greyford Boy. The combination added 0.8 too fast time faults to their dressage score of 21.3, leaving them in the lead by 4.9 penalties. Becky Hartley followed the sequence by attaining another 2nd place in BE90 Section K riding EMC It’s Showtime. The combination finished on their dressage score of 29, leaving them 0.2 penalties behind the winners; Hayley Duxbury and Diamond After Chance. Hayley rode a double clear to finish up on a score of 28.8.
Not only that, but Becky also finished up in 2nd place in Section I after adding 1.2 Time Penalties too fast to a dressage score of 28. The winners in Section I however were just too good for anyone to match after getting the best dressage score and a double clear. That place went to Caroline Cook and Rosscon Jennifer, finishing on 28.5. Clare Bosley took 3rd place riding Tremeer after finishing on their dressage score of 31.3.
Out of the 7 BE90 sections Becky Hartley managed to finish up in 2nd place in 3 of them and Lucy Kemplay won 2 of them. Becky also came 3rd in BE90 Section A with Astral II, 4th in BE90 Section V with Hot X Bun and 4th in the 4YO Class riding Hurricane P.
Chloe Fairley rode the 17h0 Mare Skelton Beth around their first event together for a win in Section E of the BE80(T) class. The combination added 0.4 time penalties to a 26.3 dressage score, leaving them on 26.7. Emma Jones came 2nd with Delfar Freespirit after finishing on a dressage score of 29.3. Rosie Alcorn wasn’t far behind after also finishing on a double clear with Cong Barracuda, the combination finished on 25.5 for 3rd place.
Lucy Crayston finished 6.3 penalties ahead after winning BE80(T) Section F with Nicko. Lucy finished on her dressage score of 27.3. 2nd place went to Jane Taylor and Riverstone Blue Diamond who added 3.6 time to their dressage score and completed all three phrases with a final score of 33.6.
There were 5 Sections of BE100 and a BE100Open Section. Annie Bellamy took the win in Section N with Shannondale Aston ahead of Jeanette Brakewell in 2nd and Vicky Tuffs with Cola III in 3rd. Annie finished on her dressage score of 28.5.
Vicky Tuffs then went on to win Section O with Goldwin after finishing on a dressage score of 25.3 ahead of Wendy McGarry and Hugo Hunting who finished in 2nd with 28.
Bruce Haskell rode Florus for a 19.8 dressage in BE100 Section P and then followed through to finish with just 0.4 time penalties leaving the combination in the lead with a score of 20.2. Michael Owen came 2nd riding Bohernarude and finished on 23.8, just ahead on Laura Hanson and Bonnie Release the Stars in 3rd.
BE 100 Section Q was very tight amongst the top riders and saw two riders finish on the same score for equal 2nd place; Bethany Lee and Emily Philip. Both riders had exactly the same dressage score of 29.5 and both went too fast cross country adding 0.4 time penalties. Bethany rode AlwaysABlue and Emily rode Elvis IV. The winner in Section Q (by 0.1 penalties) was Lucas Poole and Lux Zee, who finished on 29.8. Carlos Parro then took 4th place with Shadow Royal Patriot. Carlos finished 0.2 penalties behind the winner and finished on his dressage score of 30.
BE100 Plus classes see combinations tackle a Novice dressage test and Novice Show Jumping round with a BE100 Cross Country Course. There were two sections of BE100Plus over the weekend.
BE100Plus Section T saw Tyler Cassells and Currabawn Minx jump double clear to win on a score of 25.8. Sarah Smith and Saffron VIII came a short 2nd, finishing just behind Tyler and finishing on their dressage score of 27.
Richard Long and Dream Woman won Section U despite having 4 faults show jumping after an amazing dressage score of 20.3. The combination finished on 24.3. Ellis Morton and Elsinore ELS came 2nd after finishing with 0.4 time penalties too fast cross country added to their dressage score of 25. Loretta Joynson and PSH Odysseus finished on their dressage score (25.8) for 3rd place.
Photographs courtesy of Hannah Ray