Festival of Youth 2019 Round-up
- Published: 18 June 2019
Festival of Youth
BRAND HALL INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS
Norton in Hales, Shropshire 31st May – 2nd June 2019
The Charles Owen British Ponies Championship CCI2*- S BCP
David and Catherine Witt of Rookery Park Stud CCI2* – S
IEC Equine Solutions CCIJ2*- S
Hatfields Land Rover Shrewsbury Novice & Novice Regional Final
Reaseheath College Open Novice
Charles Owen British Pony Championship
What a great weekend! - a new National Champion crowned for the Charles Owen British Pony Championship - Sf Detroit owned by Georgina Herrling and ridden by Daisy Bathe they lead from the beginning with an unbelievable dressage score of 19.6. They were just as impressive across country and then on the final day rolled a pole in the show jumping but were still the clear winners by some 5 marks. A delighted Daisy said' I have had an amazing week! The beautifully built course was testing but I had a fabulous ride and I feel very privileged to ride around the wonderful venue". Along with the Charles Owen Rug and voucher Daisy also won the Ian Stark trophy and a bridle kindly presented by Camilla Lywood, Liveryman for the Worshipful Company of Saddlers and the Jane Whitely cup for the best Dressage test. This combination are now on the long list for the European Championships. Finn Healey won the Martin Whitely trophy and Storm Tech jacket for the highest placed boy. The Whitely Horse trophy for the best under 14 went to Amelia Ludiman.
Two wins for Polly Stockton
Local rider Polly Stockton won the David and Catherine Witt of Rookery Park Stud CCI2*-S with Mafra Smithers and Cressida Legge's Sir Alfred II to finish on their impress dressage score of 29.1 Polly said 'I am chuffed to bits! he is a big horse but he has come along in leaps and bounds this year gaining so much confidence.'
Polly Stockton also took the first prize in the Hatfield Land Rover Shrewsbury Novice Section E riding Kate Willis's and her own Chicko who finished on their dressage score of 30.0.
A tightly fought competition in the IEC Equine Solutions CCIJ2*-S, these under 18's certainly tackled all three phases with determination. Again dressage leader, 17 year old Jess Corser riding Moangarriff Duke kept her cool to gain the title. Jess said 'I had a great ride, the course rode really well and I took all the direct routes – this is my first International win! We bought him 18 months ago after I saw him advertised online. He cruised round today and we are hoping to do the eight and nine year olds at Blenheim later this summer"
The three Novice sections plus the Novice Regional Final all sponsored by Hatfields Land Rover Shrewsbury were very tightly contested sections with less than 1 mark between the top two.
Litchfield Foxtrot ridden by Robyn Gray and owned by Jane Phillips with connections to one of our sponsors William Mellard & Sons Ltd. won the Open Novice Section sponsored by Reaseheath College. Many students from the College volunteered their help in various roles during the event – so a good time was had by all!
Event Organiser Janet Plant said – 'this was our eleventh year at Brand Hall, always a pleasure and a privilege to work with our amazing land owners Mr and Mrs Michael Taylor. Brand Hall looked magnificent, our hosts have done a fabulous job of preserving this small part of old English Heritage. It is a joy to be the course designer with such natural features to work with.
The BE 90's on Sunday had such a great time – I have received letters, emails and telephone messages from competitors all congratulating the event. Sponsors, Supporters, Volunteers and Emergency Services all rose to the challenge. There were many rumours that this could be the last year with the CCI sections moving further North - just watch this space we have plans which we hope will shortly be revealed !