6th June 2017
SUN SHINES ON BELSAY
A GREAT WEEKEND OF FAMILY FUN AS EVENT CELEBRATES 5TH ANNIVERSARY
Beautiful weather ensured that Belsay Horse Trials celebrated its 5th anniversary with a fantastic weekend of sporting entertainment and family fun. With good crowds, full entries, an enviable roster of sponsors, plus a great selection of trade stands the event keeps getting bigger and better. Alongside headliner Barbour, and premium sponsors Stratstone, Bond Dickinson and Ryecroft Glenton, there were a host of local companies supporting the trials, which has now become a leading social and sporting fixture in the North-East calendar.
New sponsors for 2017 included Bushbuck Safaris, Foster Maddison Estate Agents, Le Petit Chateau Hotel (Otterburn), Savage Silk law firm, Charles Nicholson Wealth Management, Replica Landscapes, Patricia Arnold & Co chartered accountants, Simply Bows and Chaircovers, Vardags solicitors, Emma Lawrence Equine Dentist, Catch Seafood Restaurant, Gloucester Lodge, Proudlock’s Livestock Haulage and Peter Gilbertson & Daughters Haulage.
Course designer Adrian Ditcham and new course builder Rob McSkimming created some exciting new fences for this year’s event including the new Barbour Wax fence, while the re-designed the water complex, now called the Stratstone Super Splash, featured Land Rovers and a new fence in the water.
To celebrate its 5th Birthday, Belsay commissioned two exciting aerial films of the course, which were created using drones by two new local companies, Daedalus Drones based in Newcastle and Crack the Sky Productions, based at Low Angerton Morpeth. The films have been released via social media.
Belsay has become well known as one of the most competitor friendly events in the region and organisers Peter and Laura de Wesselow once again pulled out all the stops to keep the riders happy. The Land Rover shuttle service from the lorry park to the show field was a great success, as was the special raffle for riders, which featured a host of prizes from Belsay’s Official Trade Suppliers: Equine Products, Frickers Formula Feeds, Belvoir Rugs, Laland & Bo Jewellers, North East Equine Dentistry, Houghton Country Store and Finest Properties.
The Corporate Hospitality Tent was once again full on both days where the party atmosphere continued until the evening. A charity raffle on both days raised £2,450 to be split between Morpeth Riding for the Disabled and Willberry the Wonderpony Children’s Cancer Charity.
Entries were full and Belsay was delighted to welcome a host of well known local and international riders. Nicola Wilson brought a lorry load of horses to compete on both days and enjoyed great success on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday she won the Novice Regional Final, Section G sponsored by Ryecroft Glenton, with JL Dublin and was 3rd in the Brewin Dolphin Novice Section I on Cooley Conker. On Sunday, Nicola won the Rural Solutions BE100 Section O on Chabadu and the Bond Dickinson Novice Section Q on Elite Jaguar, where she also picked up 4th on Drumnaconnell Toto Wolff. Nicola also recorded a 4th in the Lycetts Intermediate Novice Section H on Saturday with Erano M.
Scottish International Rider Wills Oakden also enjoyed winning at Belsay taking the Le Petit Chateau BE100 Section B on Saturday with Zuccheros Deff Leppard and The Savage Silk Open Intermediate Section E with Ballbreaker SD.
Katie Magee from Richmond North Yorkshire was also a double winner at Belsay winning the Brewin Dolphin Novice Section I on Grand Amour A, in which she was also awarded the Mark Halliday Memorial Trophy plus a £250 cash prize and rug for the horse/rider combination closest to the Optimum time across the Novice and Intermediate Sections. Katie also won the Lycetts Intermediate Novice Section H on Saturday with Enceladus.
The Auchendinny Carnegie Trophy for the highest placed Northumbrian Rider across the Novice Sections was awarded to Helen Self from Elsdon, who was 3rd in the Bond Dickinson Novice Section Q on Sunday with Ballyeden Mist.
The Gill Gilbertson Memorial Salver for the highest placed re-trained racehorse across the BE100 and BE90 classes was won by Jennifer Lange on Desdamona who was 5th in the Rural Solutions BE100 Section O on Sunday.
The Open Intermediate Under 21 Section F, sponsored by Foster Maddison, was won by Kirstin Bamford from Scotland on Gummy’s Twinkeling with local rider, Harry Mutch 2nd on HD Bronze and also 6th on Ramilo.
The Under 18 Sections were very well supported at Belsay. Jessica Walton from Durham won the Bushbuck Safaris BE100 U18 Section A on Chance X, with Libby Colmer from Hexham 2nd with Andy Mac. The Queen Margaret’s School Novice U18 Section J was won by Alice Davies Cooke with Discovery V, who had travelled all the way from Wales, 2nd was Lucinda Crawford from Scotland with Silver Touch. Two Queen Margaret’s pupils were placed in the top ten – Issy Saxby and Grace Madeen, with Issy being awarded the highest placed Queen Margretian Rosette and Sash.
The Highest placed Mowdenian (or ex Mowdenian) at Belsay Horse Trials went to local event rider Pip Nixon, who has her yard at Little Whittington, while Jess Burnham from Piercebridge won the Belsay Event Pony class, which was also sponsored by Mowden Hall School, with her pony Kaylas Star.
Local Equestrian Boutique Retailer Zebras in Disguise once again sponsored Arena 2 where The British Show Pony Society Working Hunter Pony Show was well supported on Saturday with classes ranging from Cradle Stakes through to Intermediate. On Sunday, The Pony Club Team Showjumping sponsored by Gibson & Co was a great success with results as follows:
1ST NEWCASTLE & NORTH DURHAM
NINA FRANKLAND, OLIVIA GRAHAM, ANNA MOULD, RUBY SMITH DOUBLE CLEAR TIME 155:49
CHARLOTTE WILSON, ABBIE FORSYTH, THEA WILLIS, LAURA RIDLEY DOUBLE CLEAR TIME 168:66
3rd SOUTH DURHAM HUNT
LEE BLOOMFIELD, ROSIE CARR, SAMMIE MORGAN, ELLA GIBBON DOUBLE CLEAR TIME 181:82
1st BRAES OF DERWENT SOUTH
BEN SPRAGGON, EMILY HUGHES,CAITLIN DEVILLIERS CLEAR
2nd C F H NORTH
SAM HODGSON,AMY MILBURN,ANNA JOHNSTONE, JENNI GRAHAM CLEAR 147:14
3rd MORPETH HUNT
HARRI BAKER, ELLIE CHAINSIDE, MOLLY BOWLES-SYMONS 0 159:31
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