Despite testing weather conditions all day today, the new BE90 Championship has been crowned; this year’s winners are Hollie Booth and her ride ‘Dramatic’ who is a homebred seven year old coloured mare owned by Julia McGowan. This successful pairingv(pictured above) finished on their dressage score of 24.5, storming across country and finishing well within the time.
This combination qualified for the Championships last September in the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Regional Final last year at Hutton in the Forest Horse Trials (Cumbria). Hollie who is based in Cheshire has just started in a new role as a digital marketing advisor, commented on her horse. Read more about her cross country experience here.
With a final score of 26.1 penalties it was Wiltshire’s Katie Vincent who took home second place in the hotly contested BE90 Championship. Riding Miss Alexis Symes’ piebald gelding Glen Carter the combination battled challenging conditions throughout the completion to ensure two faultless jumping rounds. With nothing to add from Wednesday morning’s showjumping phase and a clear round inside the time across country, Katie completed her championship with a 1.2 penalty lead over third place.
Heidi Coy, 15, and her own Riversdale Magic Heart put in a sterling performance across all three phases of competition to claim third place. A prolific winner; taking the 2013 Pony Club Novice Dressage Championship and 2015 British Eventing JAS 90 Final to name but a few, Heidi’s 14.0hh mare delivered a clear showjumping round to add nothing to their 27.3 penalty dressage score. The school student and her pint sized partner made light work of the 6.53 minute optimum cross country time, completing the course with no jumping or time penalties, to leave the duo on their first phase score and a third place finish.
Thank you Mitsubishi Motors
Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK shared a message he had received from a rider which he feels sums up how great it is to be able to support the Championships: “Lance, thank you for coming up with such a genius competition idea. If every competitor had half the excitement that we did here, then you made 200 or so Grassroots riders very happy. It is an experience of a lifetime.”