Kent & Masters Arena Eventing Champions crowned at Blair Castle

Proving that size is no handbrake when it comes to jumping, Rebecca Bryce piloted the pint-sized 14hh gelding, Knockillaree Castle, to top honours in the BE90 Kent & Masters Arena Eventing Championship.

Stirling-based Rebecca, 16, teamed up with ‘Connor’ 10 months ago and the pair have enjoyed plenty of success since, including representing the West Perthshire branch of the Pony Club at the recent Pony Club Championships.
“He loves his jumping and he loves an atmosphere and an audience,” said Rebecca, who had never jumped more than 75cm before she started riding Connor, who belongs to Fiona Longley.
“It was a great, fun competition. I’ve done a few arena events so I knew what to expect, but to compete here at Blair Castle is amazing,” she added.

In the BE100 Championship, Newcastle-based teenager Jade Pitt triumphed with her attractive skewbald gelding, Pallas Vank Wish.
The pair lowered an unlucky rail, but made amends for this by soaring over the joker fence.
“We’ve been struggling a bit with skinnies and corners out eventing, so it was great to come here and have him feel so confident,” said Jade, who works full-time for her parents, who run a yard south of the border. “’Buzz’ is my only competition horse at the moment as the yard keeps me busy.


BE90 Championship

1st Rebecca Bryce & Knockillaree Castle
2nd Duncan McFayden & Mileage For Milo
3rd Molly Bower & Noble Elton
4th Sam Harrison & Chequored Elf
5th Sally Robinson & Cooley Conker
6th Jackie Tait & Manorhousemerrymateboy
7th Jade Thompson & Balladeer Maestro
8th Emma Goldsmith & Warpath
9th Katie Pattinson & Swag Jasper
10th Caroline Stewart & Royal Rebel


BE100 Championship

1st Jade Pitt & Pallas Vank Wish
2nd Hannah Brisbane & Barana Moy Boy
3rd Tara Brisbane & Balmyre Santa Express
4th Jak Warren & Hank
5th Amelia Cooper & Sainsburys
6th Kirsty Hogg & Bloomfield Flapjack
7th Alex Meikle & Sahara Blue
8th Vanessa Hamilton & Trenouth
9th Nicola Broad & Ballytarsna Checkmate
10th Kirsty Hogg & Crispen

Kent & Masters Arena Eventing Champions crowned at Blenheim

The second British Eventing Kent & Masters Arena Eventing Champions came to an exciting climax in the prestigious surroundings of the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials on 9 September.
The prize fund means that riders were in with a chance of riding away with a saddle for the first placed rider, along with training vouchers or a saddlecloths  and membership packages for non-members.


BE100 Championships

An ecstatic Laura Durkan, riding the seven-year-old mare Livvy, claimed the BE100 title after producing a double clear and finishing closest to the optimum time, stopping the clock at 122.07 seconds. The 34-year-old rode from West Sussex wins a saddle of her choice from title sponsor Kent & Masters. “Pretty amazing,” was Laura’s reaction. “It was nerve wracking at the end because I thought I’d won and then I was told there was still one more to go!

“We’ve had this horse for just shy of two years and have had a really difficult last year with her, so for her to come here and cope with the atmosphere has been amazing and winning is the icing on the cake – I’m really, really chuffed.”

Laura is looking to step up to Novice before the end of the season with Livvy: “Arena Eventing is absolutely perfect because it switches her on and gets her focussed and listening to me. It’s absolutely amazing [to ride at Blenheim] and very inspiring, I desperately want to bring her back here for the eight and nine year olds – that would be the dream!”

Fourteen-year-old Ella Bubb and Stirred Not Shaken took second place with a clear jumping round in a time of 121.44 seconds and Camilla Hardie was third on Beau Jangles, clear in 120.33 seconds.


BE90 Championship

Henrietta Witts set an early target in the BE90 Championship that couldn’t be matched. Sixth to go on the pint sized bay mare Pontesford Sarah Maria, she set the standard with a clear in 113.6 seconds. “It feels surreal,” admitted the Worcestershire-based rider. “There’s no way to tell how quickly or slowly you’re going so I just went for a clear round and kept my fingers crossed! I’ve never been here before - it’s a lovely setting and course.”

The win was particularly pleasing because both horse and rider have had to overcome problems. The mare has been diagnosed with lymphoma and Henrietta has fibromyalgia which causes pain in her joints. “We do JAS (BE Jumping and Style) and show jumping, but we haven’t done any eventing. This has given me a taster of it but I am a bit windy with the solid fences so I’d have to stick to the really small cross country. I’ll probably go for the Kent & Masters jumping saddle and try out some cross country over the autumn.”

Lucy Fews, 19, and Mixxy were second, clear in 110.7 seconds, with 15-year-old Victoria Robbins taking third place with a clear in 110.3 on Silver Skywalker.