Stansted & District Riding Club were the clear winners in the Dodson & Horrell BE100 Eventers’ Challenge at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.
The team consisted of Harry Horton, riding six-year-old ex-racehorse Storm On By, Corinne Roberts with seven-year-old Recession, Kirsty Fisher with 18-year-old Rock Me Amadeus and Natalie Pettitt with another ex-racehorse, Rifflalp.
“It was a great course – super, inviting and challenging. Blenheim has a great atmosphere,” said Corinne, a mother of four children who breeds and produces young horses.
The second-placed team were Rother Valley Riding Club, while Chiltern Riding Club were third. The style winner was Rother Valley’s Emma Horton, riding Brockley Star.
The Dodson & Horrell BE90 Eventers’ Challenge went to the Atherstone & District Riding Club team of Leanne Ritchie (Kilcorban Brooke), Jo Purvis (A Spot Of Clover), Vicky Hulme (Alfie Waterbabe) and Evelyn Hopkins (Campville Aslan).
Leanne said: “Our horses definitely benefitted from all being used to hunting and team chasing, because they coped really well with the undulating terrain. We’ve really enjoyed the day – it was such a good experience.”
Bromyard & District Riding Club were second, ahead of Stoneleigh Riding Club. The style prize went to Kennet Vale’s Julia Harper with Moorbridge Bernie.