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Errors costly for Ruth Edge at Chatsworth International

Cumbria's top eventer Ruth Edge came close to scooping the honours in the CIC*** FEI World Cup class at Chatsworth International, heading the leader board after a fast cross-country with Applejack, but sadly had two rails down in the showjumping.

Ruth Edge photo
Ruth Edge

Ruth said nine year old Applejack had done his best ever dressage test and a very confident cross-country, but was just a little tired in the showjumping.

Ruth was also thrilled with Mister MacCondy who came second in his first ever one-star event after taking the second last show jump down. It was, she said, a great achievement for the six year old. Ruth had also had great results at the Sheepgate Premier league Dressage in Lincolnshire.

Shadowfax came second in his first ever Intermediate on day one, then promptly topped that to win the following day, thus qualifying for the Nationals Championship.

Master Zero scored an amazing hat-trick, winning the Advanced 100, Advanced Medium and Medium all with scored well over 70%. Dante also kept the family honour high, coming second to Zero in both the Medium and Advanced Medium.

The Eventing season’s also going incredibly well for other Cumbrian riders. Richmond saw Sam Magennis take first place in the Novice with Vattrick, while Sarah Smith’s move up the ladder proved more than justified when she and Tradesman came third in their first ever Novice outing together, with just cross-country time penalties to mar a clean sheet.

In the BE100 Claire Paisley came fifth on Lowmoor Lancaster, while John Thornton and Indian Springs were seventh.

In the BE90, Susan Chappelhow triumphed with nineteen year old Crackenthorpe Formula One, just pipping Kate Bartle on Bilbo Buggins.

Sue also came fourth with Crackenthorpe Nightingale, with a great dressage score of just 22.5 but an unfortunate 8 showjumping penalties. Liz Mather came second on Bravour and Elspeth Shand fourth on Bratton Sparrow Hawk, both competitors going clear after dressage.

Suzanne Brindale was fifth with Jake Mansal and Jane Milligan tenth on Jambo Sarna.

The previous week at Northallerton, Emily Arter had her best Eventing result yet with Meikle Munroe, going clear after dressage to come sixth and qualify in the BE100 Under 18 section.

The Cumbria Riding Club annual One Day Event got off to a very wet start, but that did nothing to deter the competitors.

Judith Hopkinson won the Benson Memorial Trophy with her 14 year old home-bred mare Martika. Last year the pair won the club’s Best Novice Dressage Trophy and the annual Best Mare Award, so looks like they may soon need an extension to the trophy cabinet!

Rebecca McDonnell and Landetto claimed the Fleming Hall trophy while Steph Wareing and her six year old Connemara gelding Ballygill Earl continued their run of good form by taking the North Villa Trophy for the RC Intermediate.

A certain 14.2 coloured part-bred Welsh pony by the name of Walena Cherokee Warrior really stole the limelight at the Ayr County Show.

The pony’s owned by Stacy Ritson - he won his in-hand class shown by Sam Ritson and went on to take the Reserve Championship - then won his ridden class partnered by Sue Chappelhow and took the Championship - then rounded off a great day by taking the Overall Reserve Coloured Championship.

Carriage-drivers probably don’t often get the chance to canter past Bison, Zebra and Highland Cattle but that’s exactly what competitors in this weekend’s South-west Scotland Driving Club event will be doing!

The event’s being held at Trotters World of Animals near Bassenthwaite and this year also involves local Pony Clubs. Saturday will see both Private and Pleasure Driving Classes, with the Horsedriving trials on Sunday.

The competition’s sponsored by a number of local groups and businesses including Aspatria Farmers and the Cumbria Harness Club. Spectators are very welcome and the event is free.



15 May 2011

Introductory B (2009): 1, Angela Bicknel - Kinzy; 2, Dagmar Barr - Bazil; 3, Caroline Breeze - Roxy; 4, Gill Litt - Esther Rose.

Preliminary 12 (2005): 1, Ann Sewell - Glen Pauline; 2, Judi Mattinson - Nikki; 3, Claire Knoery -Cinnamon; 4, McSweeney - Fenwick.

Preliminary 18 (2002): 1, Ann Sewell - Glen; 2, Claire Knoery - Cinnamon; 3, Catherine Harrington - Ginny; 4, Pauline McSweeney - Fenwick.


One Day Event

Riding Club Novice: 1, Judith Hopkinson - Martika (opt time); 2, Mandy Antins - Skipper; 3, Alison Fligg - Will O The Wisp.

Pony Club Novice: 1, Megan Dickson - Lenny (opt time); 2, Letty Wareing - Waithwith Welsh Magic; 3, Jessica Murray - Duffy.

Riding Club Intermediate: 1, Steph Wareing - Ballygill Earl; 2, Helen Robinson - Minstral Bay; 3, Emma Lace - Prolific Agency.

Pony Club Intermediate: 1, Ella Hunter - Malachy; 2, Charlotte Nichol - Sprite; 3, Sophie Howarth - Henry.

Riding Club Open: 1, Rebecca McDonnell - Landetto (opttime); 2, Jill Paul - Collaborator; 3, Alison Fligg - Touchstone II.

Pony Club Open: 1, Joshua Wareing - Roxster (opt time).



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