West Briton equestrianism column, April 25
LUCY Bowden led a tremendous challenge from a crack team of riders representing the area at the National Pony Society (NPS) dressage championships, held at Addington Manor, Buckinghamshire.
The Redruth-based rider recorded a string of exceptional results on Kathryn Pitt's part-bred Arab stallion Chycoose Troubadour to help secure the reserve team honours in the preliminary competition and third place in the novice final against an international field.
Competing as part of the aptly named Hoskin's Hotshot team, Lucy and Chycoose Troubadour successfully joined forces with Sam Rees of Penryn; Amy Searle of Henwood, Upton Cross, and Brittany Dumbleton of Plymouth in making their mark at this prestigious competition.
Confirming the talent of Kathryn's home-bred six year-old, Lucy secured the reserve championship in the part-bred preliminary championship, the best of breed and best stallion awards in addition to scoring a victory in the novice 27 against top class company.
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Even more remarkable is the fact that this combination only turned their focus to dressage four months ago under the guidance of Jane Hoskin of Lanivet, Bodmin.
"It was a total shock," said Lucy. "We've only been concentrating on dressage for the past few months and to progress like we have has been brilliant. I'm now looking forward to continuing with the next stage of his dressage career."
Lucy is quick to acknowledge the support she receives from Kathryn Pitt and Jen Williamson of the Chycoose Stud, Redruth and the expertise from her dressage trainer Jane Hoskin.
"I'd like to thank Jane for all her help and guidance and Kathryn and Jen for giving me the opportunity to ride such an amazing horse."
Kathryn is renowned for producing her own team of show horses from her Redruth yard and among her successful string is her own home-bred stallion Chycoose Troubadour.
This son of Strinesdale Matador, who is out of the winning mare Tarantella is standing at stud and has continually confirmed his credentials under saddle both in the dressage arena and showing ring.
Chef d'equippe Jane Hoskin, expressed her "delight" for all her team members.
"I've been promoting the NPS dressage competition in Cornwall," she explained. "As a trainer I feel it's a great competition, especially for the native breeds and part-breds to compete in their own right."
The Cornish venues Colraine, Truro, and Tall Trees Arena, Camelford, hosted the necessary qualifiers on Jane's suggestion.
"It's thanks to them for including the qualifiers on their schedule," said Jane. "I talked to Kathryn Pitt last season as I truly believed that her lovely stallion should be aiming for NPS dressage."
Jane's expert eye for potential was proved right and her hardwork training Lucy and Chycoose Troubadour was rewarded along with the dedication she has applied to developing the British Young Riders Dressage Scheme (BYRDS) in Cornwall.
"Obviously I'm delighted with their results," she said. "Amy and Brittany are both BYRDS members and were members of the team last year. Sam Rees and her young Connemara only had two weeks to prepare following their late qualification at Colraine. The standard was extremely high this year and I'm delighted to be part of its success."
Sam Rees reiterated Jane's praise of her five year-old pure-bred, Connemara Corbally Bobby, who was competing at his first major event and won Best of Breed in both team events.
"This was the first non-Cornish competition for Bobby and a huge one at that," said Sam who is based at Carnwidden Livery Yard, Penryn. "A team competition always brings extra pressure but Bobby behaved impeccably and thoroughly enjoyed himself."
Sam acquired her 15.2hh gelding as a newly broken four year-old in Ireland with the intention of producing him to sell.
Jane Hoskin said: "These riders really rose to the challenge. There were 28 teams in the preliminary and 16 teams in the novice and to finish second and third in these finals against a truly international field is a huge achievement."
BRITISH Showjumping's Area 51 (Cornwall) committee's brand new Spring Show takes place on Saturday (April 27) at Lower Kernick Farm, St Wenn, by kind permission of John and Brenda Facey and their son Brian.
This welcomed addition to the Cornish showjumping calendar was postponed from its original date due to bad weather and has replaced the Cornish Showjumping Club fixture due to be held at Gwellavellan.
The Area 51 Spring Show has received generous support from local sponsors Brenda Williams, Claire Rushworth, All Bright UK, Tim and Rosemary Ball, Liz and David Richards, The Wood family, the Area 51 300 club and the Stockdale and Richards' families.
The wide acclaimed advanced course-builder Rafael Suarez is travelling to Cornwall to design the tracks with the first of four junior classes starting at 8.30am.
Senior riders have the choice of classes for all levels starting with British Novice and Discovery and incorporating the 90cm and 1metre national amateur qualifiers.
The schedule continues over 1.10m (open/newcomers) and 1.20m (foxhunter/open) tracks and concludes with the Thermohomes Europe National 1.30m open for a winner's purse of £100.
"We're extremely grateful to the Facey family and to our sponsors for supporting this new addition to our calendar," said Area 51 representative, Pam Warren. For further details visit www.bsja-area51.co.uk.
THE Cornish Showjumping Club, continues its programme of events at Gwealavellan on Saturday May 4 with details on 01736 798769.