The third time proved to be the charm for North Yorkshire’s Jane Lee as a win at the last BE100 Mitsubishi Motors Regional Final at Norton Disney (2), Lincolnshire, secured her ticket to the 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Cup.
Having attempted qualification on board her own eight year old gelding Gorgeous at both the Shelford Manor (2) and Aske International (2) Regional Finals earlier in the year their win this weekend ensured their first ever qualifying spot to the popular event.
A 26 penalty dressage score set Jane and her pint sized piebald up for a good run and, despite a pole down in the show jumping, no one was able to touch their score following a clear cross county round within the time. Nicole Hoult from Tyne and Wear was the closest competitor just 0.5 penalties behind the winners. Completing on her dressage score of 30.5 with her own 15 year old mare Caramel Charm, the pair booked their place to the competition next year and their first time back to the Badminton Estate since they last qualified in 2015 (pictured).
Worcestershire’s Henrietta Horsley-Gubbins rounded off the top three as she also collected her first trip to the Cup riding her own six year old gelding Trinity Cavalier, just 0.3 penalties stood between her and second place after finishing on their dressage score of 30.8 penalties. Seven combinations from Norton Disney picked up their place to the Mitsubishi Motors Cup next year, bringing the total number of qualified riders to over 200 across both the BE90 and BE100 from the 25 Regional Finals throughout August, September and October.
Competitors in the Mitsubishi Motors Cup, formerly known as the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships, will challenge for a spectacular prize package which includes the winner of both the BE90 and BE100 taking home a brand new car from the Mitsubishi range for one year, thanks to title sponsors Mitsubishi Motors.
Entries open next spring with the 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Cup taking place on the 2nd and 3rd May, the day before the start of the CCI4* Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (4th – 7th May).
A full list of qualifiers for the 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Cup can be found HERE (please keep checking back for regular updates to the list)
Image: Nicole Hoult and Caramel Charm competing in 2015