Eventing Report for 2019 Season by Arabella Salwey, Team Manager
It’s so great to see so many enthusiastic eventers in the pony club. There was a great spread of training this year for them all – with Amy, Emily, Sophie and Fred all giving dressage sessions at Stoke Court, Hannah, Rosie and Mandy giving lots of show jumping practice both on grass and on a surface – and some great cross-country schooling days which were all well attended. The three days up at Somerford was also extremely well supported and great to get such positive feedback from it – and how it stood all members in good stead for the season ahead.
Yet again the challenge for members is to find pony club events, but we are lucky that now there are an array of unaffiliated events, along with NSEA, BE and Riding club competitions meaning that members had lots of opportunities to get out and about before the Areas.
The LHPC had fantastic representation at the areas this year at all levels. We had two teams at 90 – and whilst both were extremely strong it just wasn’t quite their day. However, Alice Salwey picked up individual 3rd in her section, Meg Ferriday 7th and Matilda Wall 8th in their section.
Fred Powell had a great run in the open 90 coming 2nd and 3rd qualifying for the championships and Ottilie Salwey also qualified for the championships coming individual 2nd in the 1.10m.
But the day definitely went to the regionals and the 100 teams. The regionals suffered a sad blow the night before when poor Jess Radnors pony was unsound. However, Pheobe Barker stepped in to join the team of Emily Walsh, Ella Perkins and Dora Bury and the team had a fantastic day – just missing out on team qualification coming 7th … but LHPC did have two individual qualifications; Ella Perkins coming a brilliant 2nd and Emily Walsh 7th. Massive congratulations to them all!
The 100 team of Harry Finch, Albert Horne, Poppy May and Izzy Griffiths had to wait until the very end of the day – but the wait was worth it – coming second as a team and Poppy and Harry picking up 5th and 6th individually which was brilliant.
It was, therefore, a massive disappointment to our members that had qualified not to be able to run at the championships, which had to be cancelled at the last minute due to the inclement weather. Let’s hope that is the first and last year that that happens.
Ella and Emily were in a luckier position and both able to have a brilliant time at the regional Championships representing LHPC – and they did their pony club proud both going clear cross country while tackling large tracks. These days are such great experience for the members – and lovely to see the next generation of eventers coming up through the ranks.!
Ludlow also had a great team go to the Blenheim Palace Eventer Challenge. Tilly Evans, Holly Bailey, Ollie Smith and Matilda Wall – supported by Rosie Thomas and Amanda Barker all again did LHPC proud.
So a really successful year! Really lovely to see such strong results coming through at all levels and hopefully LHPC will have lots of eager eventers ready to take on 2020 when we will be HOSTING the Area Eventing!!!