Arena event­ing at Black­dyke

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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. cum­bri­a­horse­tri­


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.


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