British Eventing Horseheath Horse Trials
HORSEHEATH RACES TO EVENTING SUCCESS
This weekend (22nd and 23rd April), the second British Eventing Affiliated Horseheath Horse Trials to be held at Horseheath Racecourse took place, following its successful debut last year. It was another smoothly run event thanks to Thurlow Estate’s Tim Barling and his committee and army of volunteers.
With April being surprisingly dry, it meant that the run up to the event involved substantial ground works - aerovating and irrigating - in order for the ground to be in perfect condition for the weekend. Despite the lack of rain fall, competitors praised the ground on the course. Corinne Roberts, who won the Section B BE100 gave very positive feedback of the course, saying that, ‘the ground conditions were excellent’, she later on went on to add that, 'the cross country was great fun and rode beautifully!' Tamsyn Iveson, the winner of the BE100 Section C said that it was 'amazing ground and beautifully presented'.
Suffolk based James Pratt repeated his successful run at Horseheath following a win last year on his own Willy Limerick, though he had to settle for second place with the same horse this year; he did go on to win Section A BE100 however with Churchside Reflection aka Lex, owned and bred by Mrs Deirdre Hunt. ‘We bred 8 year old Lex by Future Illusion out of my daughter’s homebred mare. This was a lovely pre-run before Badminton. Lex lives at home and is in light work with James coming to ride him three times a week. I am really proud of their achievements.’
Team GBR Sarah Bullimore gave her beautiful Reve Du Rouet the day off whilst she showed a really smart youngster Starbucks II aka Gary the ropes of the BE90. She hopes to return in August if she has a youngster ready at the right level.
Kitty Marlow was one of the youngest competitors aged just 11 years old, completed her 6th BE event this year coming 5th in the BE90 on Kynaston Kittiwake (also known as Kitty) finishing on a score of 34 with a dressage score of 28.
The "poshest loos in eventing" which caused a stir last year were back for a second time, sponsored by Binder. This year however the main topic of conversation on everyone's lips was on the amazing ground conditions, with one competitor even likening it to the effort they make at Badminton! Not only did praise flood in about the 'good going' of the ground, but also the design of the course and how well it rode. Sophie Hilliard, 20, from Essex, who completed her second BE100 at Horseheath, spoke highly of the course, saying that, 'it was really good going' and 'it suited Bertie, because he is bare foot'. She achieved a brilliant clear round cross country on her small but mighty 14'2hh pony, Bertie Bassett II, and later added that 'the course was a real confidence boost for him'.
For the majority of the competitors the cross country was their best phase, with many of them commenting on how well presented the course was and how well it rode. Caroline Smith, winner of BE90 Section E, sponsored by Andrew Hodge Contracting, commented that 'the cross country was beautifully presented' and that the 'ground was superb'. She later added that ‘the cross country was a proper test for Fenn's first BE90, but it jumped very well and it was educating’. Lisa Howlett, winner of the BE90 Section K, sponsored by Andrew Hodge Contracting, also spoke highly of the course, 'it was a beautiful course with good ground'. Her daughter, Sarah Howlett came sixth on Saturday in the BE100 Section C, and Lisa went on to say that they had had 'two fabulous days' and that it was a 'super event'. The ground remained the talk of the event on both the Saturday and the Sunday.
Four Wobbleberries took on their debut BE Event to show support for Hannah Francis' Willberry Wonder Pony Charity, which is a charity close to the whole eventing communities' hearts. The charity have already raised a staggering £143,147.93 so far and already doubled their target, with more to come. Each participant, known as Wobbleberries, raises sponsorship money and once they have done this they compete at a BE80 of their choice, within a year of raising the money. The charity is getting stronger and stronger, aiming to 'kick cancer’s butt'. All four of the Wobbleberries achieved double clears, with Ashley Harrison winning BE80 Section L, Maddie Peal coming fourth in BE80 Section M, Liz Frazer just missing out of the placings due to Show Jumping time faults Ashley confirmed this was her first BE and that her background was dressage with mostly four feet firmly planted on the ground. Following her win, she now has plans to compete BE again.
BE80 Section N winner Andrea Jansen & Benji returned to eventing for the first time since a significant fall, from Benji, in August 2016 which resulted in a fractured sacrum and 4 months off. Benji is a 6 year old who she bought from an Irish based breeder – Tom Jones – following a tip off from Kyle Roddy.
Spectators and competitors enjoyed catering from Chip Chip Hooray, Jacks Snacks, Mel's Magical Crepes, Caffe Mobile and The Honest Food Company, Fired Up Pizza and Pimms served from a specially converted horsebox.
The spectator entry fee of £5 per car will be donated and split between the Air Ambulance Service and Maggie’s Centre Cambridge. The Maggie Centre – helping families of cancer sufferers www.maggiescentres.org/our-centres/maggies-wallace-cambridge and The East Anglian Air Ambulance www.eaaa.org.uk – for their amazing work saving lives across the region.
Sponsors include Carter Jonas, NFU, Duck Plumbing & Heating, Saffrey Champness, Andrew Hodge Contracting, Anthill, Savilles, Newmarket Equine Hospital, Taylor Vinters, Global Herbs and Binders provided the Posh Loos – which were a big hit and much admired from last year.
On behalf of the family, Tim Vestey, confirmed "We were delighted to be able to continue and develop our affiliation with British Eventing and, with the help from Tina, David and our sponsorship partners, build a spectacular brand new course for 2017. The feedback from the equestrian community has been overwhelming and we look forward to the August with enthusiasm".
Horseheath Racecourse is located 4 miles to the east of Haverhill, nr Cambridge and forms part of the Thurlow Estate, owed by the Vestey family.
Section A Sponsored by Saffrey Champness:
(37) James Pratt, Churchside Reflection, dressage 17.3% ( Suffolk)
Also 2nd on Willy Limerick in Section D
Section B Sponsored by Saffrey Champness:
(65) Corinne Roberts, Recession, dressage 23.8% (Hertfordshire)
Section C Sponsored by Saffrey Champness:
(126) Tamsyn Iveson, Enniscrone Morgan Gold, dressage 21.5% (Lincolnshire)
Section D Sponsored by Taylor Vintners:
(191) Jo Chipperfield, Hyde Park III, dressage 29% (Hertfordshire)
Section E Sponsored by Andrew Hodge Contracting:
(213) Caroline Smith, Fenomeen L, dressage 26.3% (Suffolk)
Section F Sponsored by Andrew Hodge Contracting:
(289) Ellie Hayden, Flight Of The Bumblebee II, dressage 32% (Essex)
Section G Sponsored by Andrew Hodge Contracting:
(303) Martin Wright, Kondennetty Clover, dressage 23% (Kent)
Section H Sponsored by Andrew Hodge Contracting:
(374) Sarah Turner, Carsontown Watercolour, dressage 27.5% (Essex)
Section I Sponsored by Andrew Hodge Contracting:
(420) Rachel UnderHill, Zumaya, dressage 27% (Hertfordshire)
Section J Sponsored by Andrew Hodge Contracting:
(458) Anna Taylor, Irish Encounter, dressage 28.3% (Cambridgeshire)
Section K Sponsored by Andrew Hodge Contracting:
(521) Lisa Howlett, Knave of Golden Hearts, dressage 25.5%(Cambridgeshire)
Section L Sponsored by Anthill:
Ashley Harrison & Aughris Rock (Hertfordshire)
Section M Sponsored by Anthill:
Joanna Grist & Kilcatten Bob (Peterborough)
Section N Sponsored by Anthill:
Andrea Jansen & Carrick Warcraft (Hertfordshire)
QUOTES FROM HORSEHEATH HORSE TRIALS WINNING RIDERS
James Pratt, winner of BE100 Section A, riding Churchside Reflection, finished on a score of 21.3, after adding 4 faults from a pole in show jumping onto their 17.3 dressage score.
'The dressage was the best test we have both done to date. He was relaxed and there were no spooks'.
The owner and breeder of Churchside Reflection, Deirdre Hunt from Framlingham, added, 'Lex, 8yr old gelding (his stable name) was homebred out of a homebred mare and by Future Illusion. This was a lovely pre-run before Badminton. Lex lives at home and is in light work, with James coming to ride him three times a week. I am very proud of his achievements.
Corinne Roberts, winner of BE100 Section B, riding Recession, finished on a score of 27.8, after adding 4 faults onto their 23.8 dressage score after a pole in show jumping. 'The cross country was great fun and rode beautifully. The ground conditions were excellent!'
Tamsyn Iveson, winner of BE100 Section C, riding Enniscrone Morgan Gold, finished on a score of 21.5 with a double clear. 'I had a really confident cross country round and the ground was amazing. It was beautifully presented and the ground has been really well looked after'.
Jo Chipperfield, winner of BE100 Section D, riding Hyde Park III, finished on a score of 29 with a double clear. 'The location is brilliant and there was little walking which is a bonus. The jumps and the dressing of the fences made it a very impressive course to walk and jump'.
Caroline Smith, winner of BE90 Section E, riding Fenomeen L, finished on a score of 26.3 with a double clear. 'The whole day was great from start to finish. The cross country was beautifully presented and the ground was superb. The cross country was a proper test for Fenn’s first BE90, but it jumped very well and was educating.'
Ellie Hayden, winner of BE90 Section F, riding Flight of the Bumblebee II, finished on a score of 36 with 4 show jumping faults. 'The best part of the day was the cross country because it was the most smooth running part'.
Martin Wright, winner of BE90 Section G, riding Kondennetty Clover, finished on a score of 23, with double clear. 'The whole day was super.'
Sarah Turner, winner of BE90 Section H, riding Carsontown Watercolour, finished on a score of 31.5, with 4 show jumping faults. 'The cross country was a great ride.' Sarah is best known for her work as a Trainer with the Eastern Region BD so was delighted with her win, being fairly new to Eventing.
Rachel Underhill, winner of BE90 Section I, riding Zumaya, finished on a score of 22, with a double clear. 'The cross country was the best bit of the day and it was such a beautiful course.'
Anna Taylor, winner of BE90 Section J, riding Irish Encounter, finished on a score of 28.3, with a double clear. 'The best bit was going cross country.'
Lisa Howlett, winner of BE90 Section K, riding Knave of Golden Hearts, finished on a score of 25.5, with a double clear. 'The cross country was the best bit. The course was beautiful, with good ground and friendly stewards, especially in dressage. My daughter, Sarah Howlett came sixth in BE100 yesterday. Two fabulous days, a super event.'
Joanna Grist winner of Section M BE80. 'Getting round clear in both SJ and XC at my first ever BE event was amazing. Bob was brilliant – I never expected to win, I just wanted to get round. The course walk with Tina Ure on Friday was a fantastic help'.
Ash Harrison, winner of Section L BE 80 said 'This was my first ever BE event which I undertook as part of the Wobbleberry Charity. This win was for Hannah Francis.'
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