Today saw the final eventer challenge and this time it was the BE100 riders turn in the Trizone sponsored challenge. All riders had to have achieved three double clears at specific events at BE100 so the competition is always going to tough.
The course itself was on the softer side in comparison to those earlier in the week on face value but the by now soft going made it that bit tougher especially for the later riders. The XC fences had all been moved slightly on to fresh ground since Friday’s PC challenge but the ground quickly cut up who would have thought we had had a dry summer! For the first time in several years the traditional Tri Zone skinny was not included instead there was a slightly wider but still skinny upright as the last fence which carried an increased 6 penalties for a knock down compared to 4 elsewhere in the showjumping section. I would fairly confidently guess this was due to the ground and so to give a wider area of take off points for riders to choose from a sensible decision from the course builder in our eyes.
The time again proved an influential factor today and many found themselves just coming in over the optimum time which proved expensive for a few riders who otherwise were clear.
Of the approximately 60 starters (there were a number of withdrawals and no shows presumably due to the weather) 13 returned clears inside the time so the organisers made the decision to invite back all the clears to the jump off rather than just the top 10.
The jump off was over the same track as the first round but with the final fence the ‘joker’ raised to 1m10 and the winner would the rider closest but not over the optimum time of 122 seconds. One of the first riders Amanda Green set down the challenge with a clear in just over 121 seconds laying down what looked to be an impossible target to beat. Rider after rider attempted to get that fraction closer to the optimum time but one by one either a pole fell or time penalties earnt for fractionally going past the optimum time and Amanda was one step closer to winning the title. When the last rider in the arena knocked a pole handing Amanda a well deserved win. Two other riders Andrew Morvinson and Caroline Dyer both finished clear within the time just slightly quicker to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively. Caroline also picked up the Style and Veteran prizes to go along with her 3rd placing,
Winner Amanda not only received a full set of Trizone boots, a branded Thermatex rug and numnah from sponsors Equilibrium Products but she also received a brand new saddle from Barnsby. Amanda from Melton Mowbray said without doubt this was the highlight of her competitive season if not ever and was over joyed to win. Amanda was riding her own 10 year old gelding Maximus Tiberius with whom she has had some fantastic results over the past few seasons but seems to be on a winning streak as her last event at Shelford Manor last month was her first ever BE win.
Equilibrium Products also generously provided prizes for all of the top 13 for which the competitors were hugely appreciative. This class continues to be the highlight of many rider’s seasons as the opportunity to compete at such a prestigious venue with the chance to win some great prizes cannot be missed. For those considering it next year, do it! Go out and achieve those double clears and we look forward to seeing you there next year.