Arena eventing at Blackdyke
Local riders took top honours at the third round of the Cumbrian Horse Trials Arena Eventing Series at Blackdyke Farm on January 28.
Annan rider Zoe Millar and Hank won the 90cm Speed and Joker class ahead of Shawhead-based Claire McNay and Ghillie. Claire also took home a third placing in the 90cm Optimum time competition and these two combinations now jointly lead the Individual Accumulator.
The competitive, yet friendly atmosphere encourages riders at every level and the schedule opened with a well-deserved win for Sam Clark from Wigton, who rode a fluent round aboard Crunchie in the 70cm class to finish ahead of another local combination, Jane Corrigan and Tess.
John Collier’s flowing 20-fence course utilised both show jumps and beautifully presented, solid cross country fences and at 80cm level, the day’s most consistent performances were achieved by Kristina Campbell from Castle Douglas on her own Ballinamore Blackie. The pair won the Optimum Time class from Jessica Bell and Snow Patrol, then went on to secure second place in the Speed and Joker class. That win went to Yvette Wheeler and Kiara, who moved up to third place in the Individual Accumulator as a result.
Amelia Craig and Ani won the 90cm Optimum Time class ahead of another local combination, Beri Brown and Lucy from Kirtlebridge.
The final 100cm Optimum Time honours went home to Dumfries with an in-form Kirsty Hogg and her eightyear-old gelding Crispin ahead of Jodie Craig and Lyndhurst Breeze.
In third place and enjoying his first outing in this series was Hexham-based Duncan Skinner with Deer Park Red.
Duncan said: “This is a great venue and the courses are real arena eventing Kirsty Hogg and Crispin
tracks with solid obstacles.”
The team from Penrith’s Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS) remain at the top of the Inter Schools Challenge, picking up three points this time, when Breanne Kelso from Penrith rode her promising young horse Whimseys Wiloli into third place in the 80cm Optimum Time class.
With clothing and subscription prizes for all winners, the live scoring system was a popular addition to this series of well-run events and enabled everyone to keep track of the leader boards throughout every class. Round four in the series is on February 25 and entries are now open online at www. cumbriahorsetrials.com
70cm Optimum Time: 1 Sam Clark (Crunchie); 2 Jane Corrigan (Tess); 3 Callie Graham Harry (Patch); 4 Anne Linton (Kracker); 5 Ro Wilson (Tiggy).
80cm Optimum Time: 1 Kristina Campbell (Ballinamore Blackie); 2 Jessica Bell (Snow Patrol); 3 Breanne Kelso (Whimseys Wikoli); 4 Jane Crowe (Autumn Mist); 5 Olivia Graham (Promise).
80cm Speed & Joker: 1 Yvette Wheeler (Kiara); 2 Kristina Campbell (Ballinamore Blackie); 3 Fern Anderson (Tabitha); 4 Jenna Henkelmann (Barrow Queen); 5 Eva Henkelmann (Sea Rafaga).
90cm Optimum Time: 1 Amelia Craig (Ani); 2 Berri Brown (Lucy); 3 Claire McNay (Ghillie); 4 Madeline Sanderson (Corillion); 5 Amy Milburn (Red Ink).
90cm Speed & Joker: 1 Zoe Millar (Hank); 2 Claire McNay (Ghillie); 3 Kelsay McLachlan (Muhammad Ali); 4 Kelsay McLachlan (Chillie-Dip); 5 Deb Hogg (Rookin’s Danny).
100cm Optimum Time: 1 Kirsty Hogg (Crispen); 2 Jodie Caig (Lyndhurst Breeze); 3 Duncan Skinner (Deer Park Red); 4 Catherine Johnson (Endolight); 5 Jade Pitt (Pallas Vank Wish). Britain’s women’s curling team, including Lockerbie’s Anna Sloan (pictured) and Stranraer’s Vicki Adams, get their bid for a Winter Olympic medal underway next week. The women, led by skip Eve Muirhead, play their opening game in Pyeong Chang in South Korea on Wednesday against a team of Olympic athletes from Russia. Then on Thursday they face the United States and China as the round robin part of the competition continues.