Our Mitsubishi Motors Cup bloggers have had some great results yesterday, Sophie Hall from Shrewsbury got things started at 9.36am in the BE90 this morning and was on flying form with her beloved Gusthoff. The final year student at Durham University and her 16.1hh gelding ‘Guss’ impressed the judges to score 29 penalties in the early morning sunshine.
Warwickshire’s Nic Bevan the co-owner of Beaver Metals, a family scrap metal business in the West Midlands, was over the moon with his 31.5 penalty test in the BE100. Nic and Boleiro N, aka ‘Goody’, held back the tears on exiting the arena; “This is the part that’s been bugging me for five years. Last time we came I made a mistake in the dressage and so did the judge, so it all got a big complicated, hence I’m a bit choked up now!”
Last in the arena in the BE90 on his second ride, Vechta Long Time, Nic scored 34.3 penalties.
Not long after Nic in the BE100, Sales and Marketing Director Helen White from West Yorkshire entered the arena on her 16.3h gelding Persian Royalty and, despite being told by her husband Chris that her second trot circle was too large, the combination produced a brilliant test to post a score of 31 penalties, “We came ninth in 2013 so we have that to beat!”
Our final blogger Nottinghamshire’s James Black takes to the dressage arena at 8.54am on Wednesday morning. BE100 show jumping starts at 8.30am with the first horse on cross country setting off at 9.30am.
Full results at www.bdwp.co.uk
Spectators can come along and watch the Mitsubishi Motors Cup cross country phase by purchasing tickets to the International competition at Badminton which also begins tomorrow – admission tickets and car passes can be purchased on the gate of the event each day of the event (4th – 8th May, cash only). visit Badminton-horse.co.uk for further information.