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Another rider to qualify for the the BE100 Championships is Molly Williams, from Kingsland near Leominster. She rides Axel, an 18 yr old, chestnut gelding apparently bred by mistake, but obviously turned out to be a good mistake! Axel is a Welsh Sec D x TB and Molly has owned him for 5 years. Previously they have competed at the Pony Club championships - Novice 2013 and Intermediate 2014 - in eventing and dressage. They've also been in Molly's school SJ team and competed at Hickstead, they've competed in BE events up to Novice and done the BE Voltaire finals at Blenheim BE100 2016 resulting in 3rd place. Molly is a student at the Royal Agricultural University in her second year studying Real Estate and is as yet undecided of her future career! She also works in a Building Society part time, but her ambition at the moment is to go clear round Badminton and to keep eventing this season! Her mum is a vital part of the team as she drives her everywhere and Jane Jessop, a family friend, does an amazing job of keeping Axel happy, healthy and fit whilst Molly is at uni!
Kate Ebery, 21, from Michaelchurch Escley in Herefordshire, rides the 10 year old Whichway Over (Millie) in the Mitsubishi Motors Cup BE90 Championship. Kate, who recently graduated from Hartpury college with a BSc (Hons) in equestrian sports science has owned Millie for 4 and a half years but it hasn't been an easy ride! Millie is very quirky and 6 months after buying her Kate thought she would never event. She could hardly get her over a pole on the ground let alone a cross country fence. Kate says she has been eliminated or fallen off more times than she can remember and despite a good 9th place at the Pony Club Intermediate Dressage Championships in 2014, Kate ended up with a ruptured AC joint as a result of Millie's antics eventing. However, when she's good, she's very good and after all, the pair qualified for a regional final which is everyone's aim! Last season, Kate and Millie were based with International event rider Louise Harwood and Kate can't thank her enough for her help prior to and at their regional final which they won, thus giving them qualification for the MMC at Badminton. Last year Kate groomed at the MMC for her auntie Sarah Mitchell so knows what to expect at this prestigious and exciting event. Sarah, also from Herefordshire, was delighted with Puzzel in 2016 finishing with just 0.4 time penalties to add to their dressage, so no doubt Kate will be hoping for a similar result and if all goes well, will aim at novice level after Badminton.
Steph Lynn, from Gorsley, Herefordshire, has qualified for the BE90 Championships. Steph works full time as a groom and rider for a private yard in Herefordshire and is a freelance riding instructor regularly teaching the local Pony Clubs. She has qualified her own Crystal (BE registered Crystal VII) a 12yo skewbald mare of unknown breeding (Cob X!) who she's owned since a 3yr old. Crystal is well known as the 'pocket rocket' as she is only 15.1hh. They have had lots of top 10 placings at BE90 level but this will be their first crack at Badminton. Crystal and she qualified for a regional final back in 2012 but 2 days before, she injured her stifle in the field which led to a year off work. The vets were not sure if she would come back into full work, but by taking it really steadily day by day Crystal has come back better than ever which makes qualifying extra special! Steph's ambition is to get a double clear around the championships and she gives a big shout out to boyfriend (and farrier) Jack Harper who is always there to give me her kick up the backside as well as to do Crystal's studs!!
Holly Chivers is 26 and lives just outside Upton-upon-Severn. She rides her own 8yr old piebald sports horse gelding Jester (Dripshill Dream Maker), by the sire Greenbank Harlequin.
Holly has owned Jester for nearly 3yrs but previously backed and schooled him for the previous owner. People who knew him as a 3yr old can't believe the difference in him now as he was barely 14.2 at the time of being backed and when friends heard Holly had bought him they were confused as to why! But now they see the reason as he has turned into a little powerhouse competition horse and has grown to 15.2, although he's still often known as 'lil man'!
2016 was a good year! They kick started the season with 13th place at the JAS series final, then continued the season with 5 top 10 placings, including 3 seconds and a win at Llanymynech in the BE100. On Holly's birthday Jester gave her the best birthday present ever with 2nd place and qualification for Badminton's MMC BE90 at the Dauntsey Park Regional Final, finishing on their dressage score of 26! "Great way to spend a birthday", Holly said and went on to add: "Where else would I want to be!... out competing with Mum and Oscar (the Labrador), Mark Todd was there helping with the showjumping ring and then at the prize giving getting my qualifying ticket for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup at Badminton for May 2-3 2017!"
Holly wants to give a huge shout out to mum Alison Chivers who always supports her at events, usually on camera and dog duty (Oscar doesn't like the lorry leaving without him!) Not being a horsey mother at all she's come a long way and will now happily hold Jester when ever needed and even walk him off after the XC once he's been washed down. Alison's main worry about Badminton was the sleeping arrangements, as she didn't fancy sleeping in the lorry, but thankfully she has booked a camper-van, so all should be well now !
Holly and Jester are sponsored by Gemma Hobbs of Ocean Blue Equine who provide printed and embroidered equestrian clothing for both horse and rider to your own personal requirements. Holly is trained by Bryony Wilson and also has flatwork sessions with Lucy Farrer who works with Bryony. Being on the same wave length with their training ideas they can cross notes with each other for the jumping and dressage training.
Saffron Cresswell, 16 from Malvern, is no stranger to success having already won medals with the GB Pony eventing team but this time teams up with Up Mulberry Street (by Primitive Proposal) for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup BE100 at Badminton.Saffron is aiming high with her eventing career, hoping to be an Olympic event rider one day. It looks to be going to plan so far having ridden Cuffesgrange Little Ric at the European Pony Eventing Championships and helping the GB team win Gold in 2015 and Silver in 2016 as well as being placed 5th individually both years. She produced her first horse to finish the 2016 season with a win in the CIC* young horse class at Aldon and qualified for the young horse equine talent pathway with the BEF. She was also 5th at Aldon in the BE100 3 day event with 'Up Mulberry Street' where she gained her MMC Badminton qualification. She rides 7-10 horses a day despite still being at school and after her forthcoming GCSE’s will be going to Hartpury Equine College to study equine business. She is sponsored by NAF, Sam Snow Farrier, Harry Dabbs Saddles and Hayley Marsh Physio. Good luck to all riders competing at Badminton. You can keep up with the main competition by visiting www.badminton-horse.co.uk and the MMC www.mitsubishimotorscup.badminton-horse.co.uk
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Eric Winter’s debut course for the 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials has a distinct look to it. It greatly resembles the swashbuckling tracks of the 1970’s, but with the advantage of 21st century safety technology.
Unlike many modern courses there is a deliberate lack of superfluous decoration with most fences using massive rustic timber.
Starting as ever in the main arena over the ASX STARTER, this year riders head in a clockwise direction over an inviting roll top brush the ROLEX ROLLTOP. There is a new look to the Keepers ditch with a large but inviting table KEEPERS QUESTION and another single fence MIKE WEAVERS HAYWAIN. The first real question comes with the four part SAVILLS STAIRCASE, rails, two steps down and an angled brush away. A gallop towards the House then introduces a very substantial table COUNTRYSIDE BIRCH, where the brave can angle it and save several seconds cutting inside a tree on landing.
Eric has put THE LAKE complex earlier than recently as he felt he could then make it a bit more of a challenge. First come the L200 PICKUP TRUCKS, then a massive drop into the water, a right turn to a wooden cottage out and a brushed up log. (There are time consuming alternatives here).
Instead of pockets of relentless action there is a flow to the course which next takes in an uncompromising white parallel in front of the House, the OFFSET OXER then ahead to the SHOGUN HOLLOW, two wide corners with a dip between.
A longish gallop follows down to the Vicarage Ditch where Eric has reintroduced an eighties classic, the KBIS BRIDGE. It is then left to the OUTLANDER BANK with an even choice of cottages on the top and right to another seventies tribute act, a spectacular revamp of a thick rail over the ditch the ROLEX GRAND SLAM TRAKEHNER.
It is up one of the few inclines in Badminton Park to the HILDON WATER POND with a single tree trunk in, another in the water and a sharply angled log away. Here again there is a very long ‘scenic route’. Down the hill again to the let up SHEEP FEEDER and another place to make up a bit of time in the approach to the familiar MIRAGE POND, two angled hedges with the pond between on quite a tight distance. Another relatively simple, but maximum size rustic spread, the DEVOUCOUX OXER follows before coming back into the Deer Park through the PHEV CORRAL, up the mound to a very upright set of post and rails then down into the ranch’s ‘yard’ where riders can choose either the left or right side of the post and rail funnel on a tight angle.
Back to the front of the House to the EVENT MOBILITY DINING TABLE (named for the event’s Charity of the Year) followed closely by the JOULES CORNERS, a hedge to set riders up for a double of angled boxed brush corners. Horses then get their feet wet for the last time, splashing through to an old type vast, ‘Burghley’ bullfinch, the WADWORTH LAKESIDE.
Most of the serious questions have been asked by now and the two log piles in the IRISH HORSE GATEWAY HUNTSMANS CLOSE are much kinder than in recent years but to ensure riders don’t just go flat out alongside the road Eric makes them go back and forward across the fence line over two upright WORLD HORSE WELFARE GATES. The HORSEQUEST QUARRY, starts with a big brush on the flat, down into the dip and over a choice of broom head ‘skinnies’ and up a steep slope to an upright wall.
The last few relatively ‘kind’ obstacles start with the double of FEI CLASSICS HEDGES, then the ROLEX TRUNK whose approach is through a spinney and back into the arena and we finally come to the MITSUBISHI FINAL MOUNT, for which on Eric’s instigation the design was put out to public competition. Of 13,000 votes on line nearly 4,000 went for Tots Hanson’s carved saddles.
If there was one word to describe the 2017 course it could be ‘chunky’. See Cross Country Course 2017.
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