Day one of competition complete and Alana Sparrow and Fasion Rocks retain their lunchtime lead in the BE100 competition with Karon Carson with Finding Nico and Samantha Jimmerson riding Mrs Josie Robinson’s Dayton Di Villa Lori tied for the overnight top spot in the BE90 class.
With no change to the top of the leader board after lunch in the BE100, Alana Sparrow from Rotherfield held her first place with Bryony Whittington’s Fashion Rocks on a score of 28 penalties; “I am really, really pleased, he rose to the occasion and I think he enjoyed himself! It is a privilege to ride him here and can’t thank Bryony Whittington enough who owns him, bred him and trains me. She’s really proud and likes being an owner.
The 19 year old who is studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Durham University spoke about the upcoming cross country test; “It’s a challenge but I’m looking forward to it. I’ve never been to the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials before, I didn’t want to come until I was riding so I’m happy to be here riding in the Mitsubishi Motors Cup. I have exams in two weeks so I can’t stay for the whole week, I have to get back to revise.”
Emma Richardson (51), who runs a livery yard from her home in Humberside, and her own Cookie Rich are just 0.1 penalties behind Alana with 49 year old Lynne Clarke, a Base Captain for easyJet, and her own Apache VII from Ashington, West Sussex, taking third place overnight on 28.8 penalties.
It was all change late on in the BE90 class as 43 year old Karon Carson from Dunbar in East Lothian slotting into first place on board the 11 year old Finding Nico. The freelance riding instructor piloted her 16.3hh piebald to a fantastic 25.9 penalty dressage test; “My stand out memory as I went down the centre line was seeing Jennie Loriston-Clarke and thinking ‘I better be accurate’, she is such a legend! I have a great relationship with my horse, I enjoyed every minute, I’m chuffed. He was very relaxed, with me and I couldn’t be happier.”
Joining Karon in first place Nicola Collins (36) from Bredon, Tewkesbury, and her own Jumbo Rose II also posted a score of 25.9 penalties. The Sales manager for Mars Horsecare and ‘Tilly’ couldn’t have been happier with their test; “I’m doing this for the family as my sister was entered but her horse went lame and my mum died the year before last and she helped me break Tilly in, so this is for her.”
Overnight third place in the BE90 goes to 28 year old Samantha Jimmison and Mrs Josie Robinson’s Dayton Di Villa Lori, the yard owner and producer of young horses from Doncaster scored 26.3 penalties on the 17hh grey gelding affectionately known as ‘Dayton’.
Basking in the spring sunshine riders from all corners of the UK relished in the buzzing Mitsubishi Motors Cup atmosphere to produce fantastic tests across the classes. 62 riders from the BE90 and 50 from the BE100 completed their first phase of competition today with the remaining competitors starting their event tomorrow before taking on the show jumping and cross country phases.
The show jumping competition for BE100 riders kicks off at 8.30am tomorrow morning with the first riders to tackle the James Willis’ designed cross country course getting started at 9.30am.
More details can be found on the Mitsubishi Motors Cup website with results and competitors times posted on www.bdwp.co.uk
Spectators can come along and watch the Mitsubishi Motors Cup cross country by purchasing tickets to the International competition at Badminton which also begins tomorrow – admission tickets can be purchased on the gate of the event each day of the event (4-8 May, cash only). visit Badminton-horse.co.uk
(Image: Nicola Collins and Jumbo Rose II)