An action packed day in the Mitsubishi Motors BE100 and BE90 Grassroots Championships came to a close with the winners being celebrated with a mounted prize-giving in front of Badminton House, a press conference plus a hog roast party with British Olympian Mary King in attendance.
Despite very influential courses in both the show jumping and cross country phases, the BE90 title for 2014 was taken by 23 year old Zoe Symes and Serendipity IV. Zoe and her bay gelding had been the dressage leader at the end of the first day of the competition scoring 18.3; they rolled one pole to finish on a very strong total of 22.3.
Triumphant Champion Zoe who works as in Southampton as an Oil and Gas Recruitment Consultant commented: “There was a lot of pressure on today’s performance overnight after yesterday’s dressage result so I didn’t manage to get much sleep! I am lucky he isn’t too spooky across country; he tackled everything really well. I really enjoyed the experience and the fantastic views of the house.”
Zoe was followed in second place by Candida Martin from Maidstone in Kent who was riding her iron grey gelding Lux Zen; the pair posted a strong double clear to finish on 27.5.
Third place in the Championship went to 32 year old Sociology teacher Charlotte Lawson with her dark brown mare Obsidian III. Charlotte made her trip from North Yorkshire worth while also posting a double clear to finish on 27.5.
Full results available online; www.bdwp.co.uk/bgr/