Thursday at Belsay International | An Eventful Life

Thursday at Belsay International

    Phoebe Hughes and Fabris


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The big event at Belsay Castle has kicked off in style following the first horse inspections on Wednesday and dressage for the International classes on Thursday.

Following the dressage phase the Womble Bond Dickinson CCI2*Junior-L class is led by Phoebe Hughes riding Fabris on a score of 24.6 ahead of Ibble Watson riding Candito (27.5) and Phoebe again in third place riding Top Biats (28.3)

European gold medallist Finn Healy riding Fathers Compromise, who recently won the Open Novice U18 at Warwick Hall (1) is in equal fourth place with Ibble Watson again, this time riding Aristoteles SZ on a score of 29.6 and Ellie Fredericks riding Britannia’s Mail is in sixth (30.1)


British Pony Championship Section B

It is very tight at the top of the British Pony Championship with just 0.1 penalty separating Lucy Baguley, currently leading on board Glencarrig Dolphin (30.5) and Anna Price riding Black Jacko (30.6)

Anna is also in equal sixth place on Top of the Class on a score of just 32.8, so the top six have very little wiggle room on Friday’s cross country

Elizabeth Barratt riding Noble Superman is currently in third place


    Lucy Baguley and Glencarrig Dolphin


Saracen CCI2*-S Section C

The senior riders on slightly bigger ponies are also enjoying the delights of Belsay Castle at International level for the first time this year.

Amy Hawley riding Treamble has the honour of being the first leader after dressage in the inaugural CCI2*-S class, currently on a score of 26.8 ahead of Leila Paske and Fernhill First Friend (28.8), who finished second in the CCI2*-S at Little Downham International (X) on their dressage score and Alexandra Farrar-Fry on Grey Finnsky (29.9), who also has been on good form with podium finishes at both Richmond (1) and Kelsall Hill (1)

This is a real International class with representatives from Australia, including Lissa Green in fourth place riding Expo Di Alma Terra (30.3), New Zealand, the USA and the Netherlands

On Friday the competitors in these classes head out on the beautiful Belsay Castle parkland to tackle the cross country courses.

They have been fully re-designed for 2021 by Adrian Ditcham, the man responsible for the track at the 2018 European Pony Championships held at Bishop Burton and will offer the riders plenty to get their teeth into – take a look at what this lovely venue looks like from the air and the cross country courses we will be filming over the next three days