A re­peat feat

With 40 more teams than last year, 100 more in­di­vid­u­als and new classes, Lin­coln show­ground was a hive of ac­tiv­ity

Horse & Hound - - Riding Club - By HE­LEN TRIGGS

WITH three team mem­bers scor­ing dou­ble clears, East Cheshire Com­bined Train­ing Group’s vic­tory was never in doubt when they re­peated last year’s feat of win­ning the team and in­di­vid­ual open 1.10m showjump­ing, rel­e­gat­ing the Ir­ish As­so­ci­a­tion of Rid­ing Clubs into sec­ond place.

The team was made up of Joakima Ash­more (Aman­das), Ali­son Un­win (Ron­gai), her daugh­ter Abi­gail Un­win (Lu­nar Vi­sion) and Ash­ley Daniel rid­ing Abba. Ali­son — who is also club chair­man — was a last-minute sub­sti­tu­tion and had ac­tu­ally qual­i­fied daugh­ter Abi­gail’s horse for her when she was ill. Ali­son was rid­ing de­spite hav­ing had a se­ries of in­juries, in­clud­ing a bro­ken arm last year and bro­ken back this year.

“I hadn’t jumped since I broke my back, but when Abby was ill, I jumped in,” said Ali­son. “It was prob­a­bly the best thing as it got me back into it.”

Ash­ley Daniel’s tal­ented mare Abba is 12 and was her suc­cess­ful part­ner last year too. She went clear in her team and in­di­vid­ual rounds to win the open 110cm.

“The ground was slip­pery this morn­ing, but she man­aged — we just went for it,” said Ash­ley.

The open 100cm was a new class this year — to­gether with a 70cm. The Lakes Rid­ing Club won the 100cm class with a team that com­bined two un­der-18s — Char­lotte Sal­is­bury (Davinci Di­a­mond) and Robyn Bow­ness (Coun­try Fair Lady) with Clare Guest (Long­moor Lad) and He­len West­more­land-Ni­chol­son (Harry Hou­dini). All the mem­bers are keen even­ters, who can also ex­cel over coloured fences.

Karen Be­g­ley (Isle of Wight) won the in­di­vid­ual open 100cm with her home-bred Spring Thyme af­ter a closely fought jump-off. Riders strug­gled to bal­ance the tight, slip­pery turn be­tween fences three and four and the chal­leng­ing time al­lowed. Karen was the last to go and man­aged a slower but smaller turn and gal­loped for the last fence and through the fin­ish to win with al­most a sec­ond to spare.

“I jumped the dou­ble and just kicked for home,” she said with glee.

Spring Thyme is a 12-year-old out of a mare Karen bought for £800, in­clud­ing tack. As well as be­ing Bri­tish Showjump­ing area rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Isle of Wight, she is chair­man of the club, a joint-mas­ter of fox­hounds and a sec­ondary-school head teacher.

A VER­SA­TILE PAIR

SE­NIOR open dres­sage in­di­vid­ual win­ner was Amy Dale of Wok­ing­ham and Bear­wood Rid­ing Club on her 10-year-old part-Ir­ish draught, O’Reilly, who won her novice class on one of the top dres­sage scores of the cham­pi­onships, 73.33%.

This ver­sa­tile pair was also com­pet­ing in the team of four rid­ing test and showjump­ing, so Amy was un­aware of how suc­cess­ful she had been when she ar­rived at the pre­sen­ta­tion ring.

Amy, who works as a mer­chan­diser for Waitrose, trains with dres­sage rider Kim Se­aby.

“She’s been bril­liant help­ing me get him up [in the frame],” said Amy.

The Soli­hull Rid­ing Club is al­ways com­pet­i­tive. This year’s win­ning dres­sage team was made up of Tina Kazmi (Colour Me Af­ter­shock), Rebecca Squire (My Mr Darcy), Tam­sin Dunn (Car­lin) and Eleanor Spel­man (The Se­cret Weapon II). Tina re­turned from in­jury to help the team (see box).

The Lakes Rid­ing Club fol­lowed their jump­ing suc­cess with a ju­nior in­di­vid­ual dres­sage win for Holly Ran­some and her black Welsh sec­tion C, Bry­er­swood Flyer (Guin­ness). Holly, who has been at the cham­pi­onships on three pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions, laughed as she de­scribed Guin­ness’ “chatty” test.

“He was quite re­laxed but neighed through­out,” she re­called. “He’s quite a stub­born pony, so we have to do a lot of prac­tice.”

Ju­nior team dres­sage hon­ours went to Ather­stone & Dis­trict Rid­ing Club, who won last year with Keira Shafiq (Ebony) and El­lie Mitchell (Aquilas Sil­hou­ette Dancer) also mem­bers of the

2016 team. They were joined this year by Keira’s sis­ter, Aliyah (Kilcor­ban Brook) and Jes­sica Bishop (Lissi­nard Hero). Aliyah

and Jes­sica were both win­ners of their re­spec­tive are­nas seven and nine.

Keira’s loan pony Ebony is 21. “But he acts like a five-year-old,” she said.

Rearsby Lodge Rid­ing Club was the win­ning ju­nior 90cm team and was made up of Jade Eng­land (Teddy Tulip), Mia Bar­low (Kil­nalocks Pil­grim),

Lily Walker (Ace Light­ning) and Han­nah Spray (Rosshill Dague).

Lily had three clears and was also in­di­vid­ual win­ner. It was her last showjump­ing ride on the 18-year-old grey.

“I was last to go in the jump-off and one was clear be­fore me so I knew I had to go clear and push on,” said Lily, 14. “He made the un­re­lated dis­tances quite well and the tre­ble dis­tances were per­fect for him.”

East Cheshire Com­bined Train­ing Group re­peat last year’s suc­cess, win­ning the team and in­di­vid­ual open 1.10m showjump­ing

Top scor­ers: se­nior dres­sage in­di­vid­ual win­ner Amy Dale and O’Reilly of Wok­ing­ham and Bear­wood RC

Spear­head­ing East Cheshire’s suc­cess: Ash­ley Daniel and Abba

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