Irish rider wins Britain’s YR champs

Harold Megahey
Harold Megahey

Ireland’s Harold Megahey and Chuckelberry won the British Young Rider Eventing Championship at Weston Park in England at the weekend.

The Co. Antrim-born rider, who was a team gold medalist for Ireland at the Junior European Eventing Championships in France last month, saw off 22 other combinations bidding for the two-star title. The combination finished on a score of 50.6.

The pair added 2.4 cross country time penalties and had one pole down in the show jumping finale of the competition. Second place and the British U21 title went to Britain’s 2013 Junior European team member, 17 year old Emily King with Nikki Brooks’ Brookleigh (bred in Germany, by Rockwell); the established combination finished on 54.4 after adding 1.2 cross country time and four show jumping penalties to their strong dressage score of 49.2.

Derbyshire’s Bert Bolton was third on Purple Sands with 60.0.

Emily King was also crowned the winner of the 2013 Patey Corne OIu21 league after securing triple points at the series finale.  King’s second place in the section at Weston Park secured the rankings win for her and added two Patey hats as well as £250 in prize money to her prize haul.

In the two-star Pony event at Weston Park, Ireland again claimed victory, with Kildare’s Shannon Nelson and the Irish Sport Horse Millridge Buachaill Bui taking the trophy. Nelson was a member of Ireland’s bronze medal-winning team at the  European Pony Eventing Championships in Italy in July of this year.

The pair took the title on their dressage score of 44.4, just 0.3 of a penalty ahead of second placed and the best British rider, 14 year old Chelsea Pearce. Riding her own British-bred mare, Catherston Nutsafe (by Catherston Nightsafe), Wiltshire-based Chelsea finished on her dressage score of 44.7. Third place went to Jamie Thomas (GBR) from Cheshire who was riding his own Another Island who had added four show jumping faults to their impressive score of 44.3.

The inaugural KBIS sponsored BE100 U18 team Championship title was secured by the South West BE U18 team following confident efforts across the three phases with some impressive dressage scores from team members. The individual KBIS BE100 U18 individual Champion was 18 year old Emily Proud from Somerset who was riding Sally Munden’s Kahawa (British-bred, by Lostock Huntsman). They finished on their fantastic dressage score of 20.3.

The 2013 KBIS ON U18 Championship team title also went to the highly successful South West BE U18 team with the individual title going to 18 year old Megan Cummings (also from the South West  BE U18 team) from Exeter riding her own Albert VII (Dutch-bred by Timeless); this talented combination finished on their dressage score of 43.4. Second place went to a rider from the Northern BE U18 team, Kristina Hall-Jackson. Seventeen year old Kristina who is from Dewsbury (West Yorkshire) rode Judy Bradwell’s Lemington Lett Dance; they added a few show jumping penalties to their dressage mark of 42.7. Warwickshire-based Katie Bleloch (Central BE U18 team) rode her own Bulano into third place, finishing on their dressage score of 48.9.

The CCI2* which was again generously supported by David & Catherine Witt was won by the Marlborough-based Frenchman Arthur Pottier on his own Quaolin de la Serre (by Apache D’Adriers), taking the title from Chepstow-based Sara Squires on his dressage score of 49.2. Sarah and Francine Fenley’s stallion, Sula Blue started the competition in strong form with a score of 47.2 dressage and had just one fence down to finish in second place. Third place went to Cheshire rider Hannah Bate with her own and Clive Wright’s Watson III who added two cross country time penalties and rolled a pole to finish on 51.6.

This year’s CC1* at Weston was supported by Boultons Arenas and Gallops and was dominated by up and coming young British riders. Former British Pony team rider, 16 year old Sam Ecroyd from Flintshire won the section with his own Wodan IV (by Mr Concorde BJ) adding nothing to their dressage score of 42.1. Emily King was again successful in this section taking second place with Gabriella Atkinson’s Walitze F Vejgard on 45.9. They sadly had several rails down to finish on 45.9 after an impressive dressage start of 33.9. Eighteen year old Oxfordshire-based rider Alice Sandberg took third place with her own Brown Lady unfortunately lowering a rail to finish on 46.1.


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