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BD Winter Regionals: Addington Manor

last updated on February 22, 2016 15:10

BD Winter Regionals: Addington Manor

High scoring winners made their mark at Addington Manor, Bucks, which attracted healthy entries across the championships, with Sadie Smith and River Rise Escarla scoring a whopping 78.83% in the Spillers Medium Open Freestyle, to claim the highest percentage of the show.

In the highly competitive Charles Owen Advanced Medium Open all three judges - Nikki Herbert, Sue McMahon and Jenny Gillett - had international rider and trainer Lisa Hopkins as their clear winner with Olivia Sugdon’s smart nine-year-old British-bred 16.2hh chestnut mare Cortez on a score of 73.82%.

Dan Greenwood won the hotly contested 22-strong Albion Medium Open title with Jo Handman’s eight-year-old German bred 16.2hh chestnut gelding Lukien Von Tespe (by Londonderry) on a score of 72.12%.

Twenty-five-year-old Holly Bates rode Ali Fernyhough’s athletic 16.1hh six-year-old KWPN gelding Dorando (by Dayano) to win the Shadow Horse Elementary Open by a clear margin on 74.38%, also clocking up a personal best. This combination, who qualified for the Shearwater four-year-old championships in 2014, are proving “ones to watch” after winning 17 of their 20 outings in the past year on 70% plus scores. Holly, a human sports massage therapist, helps runs the family yard near Banbury with her mum, leading show producer and dressage trainer Jo Bates, who helps her with “eyes on the ground” and is trained by Henry Boswell, who she credits for “teaching us to combine control and power”. “’Brian’ came to us as a just backed four-year-old and is a lovely cheeky character, who loves his work and is easy to train. We qualified for the regionals last year, but the occasion proved a little bit much for him then as we cantered through most of the trot work. “This time I began our test a little cautiously, but he felt great and easy from the start and he really wanted to go for it,” explained Holly, who enjoyed showing success at HOYS and RIHS with riding horses and intermediates before deciding to concentrate on dressage. “Brian is a fab horse to ride and has the most amazing walk with a huge over-track and super canter, in the test I could feel him gaining confidence with every movement - he just keeps getting better and better.”

The Shadow Horse Elementary Restricted championship, which attracted 26 entries, was won by 28-year-old Cara Sweeney from Alcester, Warwickshire, and her impressive eight-year-old Hanoverian bay mare Beautiful Life. This combination proved clear winners scoring 75.31% in spite of a “bit of a blip” when Cara says “my mind went blank and I forgot the give and retake!” Cara, who rode for show producer Bob Templeton as a child and enjoyed much success with show ponies, workers, mountain and moorland and “everything in between”, got into dressage competitively four years ago and now trains with Erik Theilgaard. “Beauty is a mare with big powerful paces and she covers the ground easily – she tried her heart out in the test and I was over the moon with her, but very cross with myself for making an error. I couldn’t believe it when my score went up, I thought it was more likely to be in the 60s!,” said Cara, who found ‘Beauty’ as a six-year old in Germany through her good friend Darren Mattia. “She had bred a foal and was quite green when we she got her and we only started competing last year,” explained Cara, who was placed in the top ten in the Novice Restricted championship at the nationals last year. “We’ve only done about 10 shows together as we want to concentrate on getting her stronger and fitter, so we’ll see how it goes, but she’s the most trainable horse I’ve had the pleasure to ride.”

Thirty-four-year-old freelance rider Jane Turney rode Shirley and David Rixon’s promising 16hh six-year-old Westphalian gelding Penhaligon’s Jupiter (by Starnberg) to win the 30-strong Blue Chip Novice Open on a score of 72.24%. “We’ve only been out competing a handful of times since he came to me to be ridden last September, but regularly scores over 70% and takes everything in his stride,” said Jayne, who trains with Charlotte Dujardin and credits their success to a lesson only a few days before the championships. “He’s an amazing horse with the nicest attitude and trainability – I couldn’t stop smiling all through the test. I feel incredibly lucky to have such a lovely horse to ride with such supportive owners – our plan now is to try and qualify him for at elementary and we’ll see how it goes from there.”

Twelve-year-old Gracie Catling from Kingswood, Buckinghamshire, gave the adults a run for their money, winning two titles with her 13.2hh Welsh x Arab gelding Chaseford Chatterbox (by Borderland Aristocrat). Gracie, who has been a member of the Bicester and Warden Hill Pony Club since the age of five, rode her 13-year-old British-bred gelding to victory, winning both the KBIS Preliminary and the Bailey’s Horse Feeds Novice Restricted Music Freestyle championships on good scores. “Gracie is a gutsy little all-round rider and doesn’t suffer from nerves thanks to many years spent hunting, show jumping and showing, but she’s come to love doing dressage now too and has built a real partnership with ‘Chatty’, who can be quite cheeky and opinionated at times,” explained mum Julia, a list 5 judge. Gracie, who has recently joined BYRDS, has enjoyed much success winning five titles at unaffiliated championships in show jumping and dressage riding rescue ponies from the Blue Cross and World Horse Welfare. “Gracie always seems to get the best out of every pony, riding them up to a secure connection and she enjoys giving them confidence to go out and do well in the arena,” said Julia.”As a judge, her ability, determination, showmanship and focus never fails to astound me!”


Addington Winter Regionals winners

KBIS PRELIMINARY
Gracie Catling and Julia Catling’s Chaseford Chatterbox 71.15%

BLUE CHIP NOVICE RESTRICTED
Millie McBride and Bounty 68.45%

BLUE CHIP NOVICE OPEN
Jayne Turney and Shirley Rixon’s Penhaligon’s Jupiter 72.24%

BAILEYS HORSE FEEDS NOVICE RESTRICTED MUSIC FREESTYLE
Gracie Catling and Chaseford Chatterbox 73.33 %

BAILEYS HORSE FEEDS NOVICE OPEN MUSIC FREESTYLE
Joshua Hill and Sam Holland’s Double Check 75.93%

SHADOW HORSE ELEMENTARY RESTRICTED
Cara Sweeney and Beautiful Life 75.31%

SHADOW HORSE ELEMENTARY OPEN
Holly Bates and Ali Fernyhough’s Dorando 74.38%

PDS SADDLES ELEMENTARY RESTRICTED MUSIC FREESTYLE
Jenny Salisbury and Born Fighter 73.14%

PDS SADDLES ELEMENTARY OPEN MUSIC FREESTYLE
Claire Abel and Rococo 72.56%

ALBION MEDIUM RESTRICTED
Claire Ackerman and Woodcroft Heinrich 67.93%

ALBION MEDIUM OPEN
Daniel Greenwood and Jo Handman’s Lukien Von Tespe 72.12%

SPILLERS MEDIUM RESTRICTED MUSIC FREESTYLE
Leanne Field and Aktie D 73.56%

SPILLERS MEDIUM OPEN MUSIC FREESTYLE
Sadie Smith and Sarah Tyler Evans’ River Rise Escarla 78.83%

CHARLES OWEN ADVANCED MEDIUM RESTRICTED
Rose Hugh Smith and Florentino 68.82%

CHARLES OWEN ADVANCED MEDIUM OPEN
Lisa Hopkins and Olivia Sugdon‘s Cortez 73.82%

NUPAFEED ADVANCED MEDIUM MUSIC FREESTYLE
Nathalie Kayal and DHI Bravo 73.94%

MAGIC PRIX ST. GEORGES MUSIC FREESTYLE
Maria Eilberg and Farah Al Khojai’s 22 Sarotti 72.33

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