Ventnor based Jessie Vanassche was the triumphant winner of a Mitsubishi Motors Cup BE90 Regional Final class held at the brand new Littleton Manor Horse Trials in Reigate, Surrey (10-11 October 2015). The win means that Jessie secures herself a place at the 2016 BE90 Mitsubishi Motors Cup which is held on the eve of the world famous Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials next May. She will be contesting the competition with her ride, Da Vinci II, a British-bred Hanoverian 12 year old gelding.
This is not the first time that 21 year old Jessie will be heading to Badminton for this class which has been created to celebrate amateur event riders; she also completed the 2011 Championships under their former title of the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships where she finished in 40th place with Neyfeed Dubonnet.
Jessie who works part time at her family’s garage in Cowes (on the Island) and part time at her cousin’s eventing yard explained why securing a place at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup is so important: “I loved it when we went to Badminton in 2011, it was such a great competition. Not only was it fun competing there but we set up camp for the whole week and really enjoyed watching our eventing heroes in the international competition – I can’t wait to go back.”
Commenting on potentially winning the use of a Mitsubishi Shogun next year Jessie said: “My Mum has already claimed that prize as a reward for her driving me around the country to compete all the time!”
She added: “Littleton was our last event of the year and was the perfect way to end our season before we start working towards the Mitsubishi Motors Cup next spring.”
Jessie and Da Vinci II will be joining around 100 other riders in the BE90 Mitsubishi Motors Cup at Badminton, all of whom who have also gone through the highly competitive qualifying process to compete on the same revered turf as their international eventing idols.
Aiming for the top
The winners of the Mitsubishi Motors Cup receive a brand new Mitsubishi Shogun for a year, prize money, trophy and commemorative plaque to keep. The two winners, along with the runners’ up, are also offered licence to use the Mitsubishi brand name in association with their horses’ names, to commemorate their victory, add prestige and perhaps help attract potential sponsorship.