New venue hosts RoR Grassroots Eventing Championships 2018
Last weekend saw the Championships for the BE90 and BE100 Grassroots eventing at Tweseldown, Hampshire. This was the first year that the Championships have been held here and there was a lot of positive feedback for this fantastically well organised event.
Saturday was the day for the BE90’s and despite the most horrendous weather, there were still 15 horse and rider combinations that braved the elements to take part. All combinations had previously qualified to take part by completing a BE event throughout the year, the criteria for this is no more than 12 show jumping penalties and clear across country. They must also finish within the top 50% of the section on the day.
The winner was Alisha Coombes riding her own Green Millionaire, the pair finishing on a score of 30.30. Green Millionaire was formerly trained by Jeremy Gask on the flat, he ran in 10 races and was placed on one occasion. They were closely followed by Hannah Cox riding her own Al Alfa, finishing on a final score of 30.50.
There was a total of 11 finishers for the day and the full results are
1st Green Millionaire – Alisha Coombes
2nd Al Alfa – Hannah Cox
3rd Pay Or Pay – Nikki Devulder
4th Strawberry Hill – Megan Harper
5th Genes Of A Dancer – Rachel Wood
6th Potters Grenadier – Sophie Heatley
7th Mickeysmatedusty – Joe Roome
8th Bob Emmet – Becky Thomson
9th Fruity O Rooney – Becky Green
10th Crownitall – Mitty Hardy
Sunday it was the day for the BE100 finalists to line up and this saw 11 entries come forward in what were somewhat different weather conditions as the sun shone down on the Hampshire countryside.
Again, all combinations had qualified to take part in this class and it saw some great competition. The winner Annabelle Jay, riding her own Storm Blue, jumped clear in both the cross country and showjumping, picking up just 0.8 of a time fault to finish on a score of 33.60. Storm Blue is a 10 year old who was formerly trained by Ollie Pears and after just one run it was clear that racing wasn’t for him!
In second place was Harriet Dickin riding Custer Of The West, the pair finished on a score of 36.30. Custer Of The West was formerly trained by Alan King and owned by Mrs Prowting, he last ran in May 2013 after just 8 races.
Full results for BE100:
1st Storm Blue – Annabelle Jay
2nd Custer Of The West – Harriet Dickin
3rd Dette De Jeu – Alyssa Yallop
4th Lady Cavendish – Alix Plamer
5th Kikos – Amy Morgan
6th Persistently – Philippa Clarke
7th Roman Eglenovich – Aimee Godbold
8th Nettis – Charlotte Mitchell
For further information on the BE Grassroots Championships, click here