Saturday November 25, 2017
Area 9 Team SJ July 2017

On Saturday 15th July our Beaufort members took part in the annual Area 9 PC SJ competition which qualifies for Cholmondley Castle PC Championships and this year was hosted by the Old Berks Pony Club in a perfect site of Wellington Polo Ground.

The Beaufort Pony Club fielded two intermediate, three novice and two Regional 80cm teams, two individual novices, and five under 12 individuals. That’s thirty five members all presenting themselves with immaculate horses, riders and kit.
They all looked stunning…. if only the first team on could have located the tack check area! Well done to the intermediate Gold team who caught the eye of the judges and gained a 3rd in the Tack and Turnout competition.
Rhian had been there at the crack of dawn on hand for her focused course walks and warm ups and we all pondered over how this years flatter terrain might affect the number of clear rounds.
The Beaufort Gold started the novice section with Bea A double clear, Maddy A not on form, Poppy C on 4 and Rachel H with a very unlucky 4 due to confusion over the plank blowing over. A team score of 8 with a splash of frustration mixed in.
Next was the Beaufort Blue with Jack T producing a lovely double clear, Tom C a clear and 8, Tom B 4 and Clear and another great double clear from Lucy P. The faults were distributed in different rounds which meant the team ended on the all important zero. Phew!
Concurrently the Beaufort Buff team were the last novice team to go as we all tried to watch the two Beaufort teams go. As they were in adjacent rings, our necks thought we were watching tennis. Finnola S unfortunately started before the bell, a fact that all in the collecting ring disputed as all had thought they heard it go. So the pressure was on for the other three. Rosie D, Grace T, and Molly S all met the challenge with three clears. Just their second round to go. Molly had a very unlucky 4, Grace and Rosie both produced stylish clears but the time being tight just resulted in 1 little but significant time fault. Leaving the team on zero for jumping faults but one time fault meant they weren’t through to the jump off. A very respectable team score of 8th but so close yet so far from the jump off and a chance to qualify. Meg S and Octavia S both had promising individual rounds for the future.

So the third round of the novice class was a jump off round for the Beaufort Blue and Bea A, Grace T and Rosie D as individuals. With three teams able to qualify and six teams through on a zero score, the jump off was very tense. With lots of calculating on an important scrap piece of paper, we calculated after three rounds that Lucy had to do a safe round for the team to qualify. Sacrificing any chance of a possible individual win, Lucy performed a controlled round and kept all the fences up which meant that the team ended in second place and the exciting qualification for the Championships was achieved. Out of the 27 teams we had a team 2nd and a 8th. We also had a fabulous triple clear from Grace who was individually 7th and Lucy 8th.
Sasha G in the open class had a great day on her Diamond Ricardo. They produced an impressive and stylish triple clear for 6th place but missed out on an individual qualification as the open takes the top 4 irrespective of whether they are in the qualifying team. A shame we didn’t have an area Open team to keep Sasha company this year.
We did field two intermediate team but lost Tash in the warm up as her horse was not sound, not the fences but a flapping sponsorship sign caught Imo B’s horse out for 4 jumping plus time faults, Emma H produced a lovely clear and Char B had navigational issues with her horse with them both thinking they had done a lovely clear. Oops!
The Beaufort Gold team started with few competitive experiences at this height but they all produced some impressive rounds. Ella HJ, Amy P and Harry B all had 4 faults and Isla G a faultless clear.
The jumps were much bigger in the next round in which Emma H had 4 faults and Imo produced a lovely clear but with no team score to count, they were unable to progress. The Gold team produced some lovely rounds with Amy P a beautiful clear and Ella 8 both riding at a height they’ve not competed at before, Harry just tipped a pole and with Isla now on double clear. In the jump off, Ollie and Isla were on top form and were 7th individually after he flew round his jump off for an impressive triple clear. Too many poles had fallen to have any qualifications this year but many blossoming partnerships were flourishing for future successes.
The Regional 80cm class fielded the younger riders moving up the ranks. Robbie S, George S, Meg L and Charles H had a team zero score in the first round but unfortunately a team score of just 4 in the second round with Charles and George S double clear. The Beaufort Gold team of Anna D, George H, George B and Hannah L had a team clear in the first round and also
ended on 4 faults so there was no team qualification for the championships this year until we received a wildcard entry opportunity. On the day, Anna had another fantastic jump off round on Haleys Comet with her speedy round placing her in 2nd and with Charles not far behind on Ghostown who was 6th.
The last competition of the day was the turn of the 12 and unders 70cm. What a shame it wasn’t a team competition as we had individual placings for Vinnie C 2nd, Lottie R 3rd and Amelie L 6th and the other members of Harry S, Henry H and Rosie B were also producing good rounds. All building their foundations for a successful future.
Special mention again to Rhian for working her socks off, bouncing between the four rings and seven teams doing up to three rounds each with her words of wisdom. Many thanks also to the Old Berks for their successful day.
Good luck to the novice team competing in the PC Championships on the 18th and the 80cm team at the Rectory Farm Regional championships on the 27th. I hope that your combinations are on top form and a little LadyLuck is sprinkled on those poles.

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