Eventing fixture gets green light amid cancellations
A new British Eventing (BE) fixture in Somerset was able to run its first time event, despite lots of abandonment's due to the wet weather this season.
The event was introduced to the 2012 BE calendar and ran classes at grassroots level – BE90 and BE100.
Celebrating a win at the event was Sarah Williams, who after three years of trying with her six-year-old mare, scored their first BE win together. "We've had nine cancellations in a row, so it was a relief just to get the run," said Sarah, who works full-time as a fashion buyer. "We were lucky as there were very few double clears," added Sarah, who won the open BE90 class riding her own Bojangles II. "I've done all the work on her myself since I've owned her," said Sarah of the 16.2hh Irish Sport Horse by Loughohoe Guy. "She is a great jumper never having a cross-country fault, the only time being when I had a blond moment and went the wrong way!" "She is a real treasure as I work full-time and it's quite difficult to fit competitions in around my working hours."
Cornwall-based Tamsyn Hutchins won BE100 section C2, having posted a dressage score of 26 riding Nerissa. The pair rolled a pole in their showjumping round but finished on a total score of 30, which was just point nine of a penalty enough to push Martha Thomas and Diamond Miracle into second place.
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Nerissa, a five-year-old daughter of Fontainebleau, was contesting her fourth BE run. Her first event was in the four-year-old class at Nutwell Court last season, which she won on a final score of 32.
Alexa Palmer, of Bridport, Dorset, won the BE100u18 section riding Euro Timex, an eight-year-old 14.2hh pony. The combination added nothing to their dressage score of 27.5 to lead the section above Newton Abbot's Harry Harding and Adalco II. Event organiser, Sarah Weatherlake, said: "Everything went very well on the day and the course rode well despite heavy rain the day before. The ground at Treborough is amazing, it rides well if its wet and in periods of dry stays good too. Entries were very strong due to the recent bad weather and BE cancellations. We are looking forward to running again next year with a new course and new fences."