Emily spurred on to claim a first British Eventing victory
Emily Mayes scored her first ever British Eventing (BE) win at Bicton Horse Trials (2) last weekend, partnering her own Primitive Knight.
The former ride of Westcountry eventer Tim Cheffings won BE100 section J after adding nothing to his dressage score of 29.
"I've had him three years as he replaced my former ride Freyas Endeavour," said Emily, from Tiverton. "He is stabled at Tim's [Cheffings] yard and I wouldn't be able to do it without his help."
The combination had last competed at West Wilts at the higher novice level, but had decided to retire in the cross-country phase. "Our partnership is not so good at novice just yet and we seem to be more competitive at BE100," added Emily, 20, who is studying education at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol. "Both Tim and my mother help to keep him fit while I'm away but I try to compete as much as I can in the holidays and at weekends."
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Primitive Knight is an 11-year-old son of Primitive Rising and stands at 17.2hh. "He should have been called the BFG. He's certainly a long way down and I've fallen off twice now," said Emily, who is only 5ft 5in. "My aim is to start out at BE100 next season and move up to novice again."
Harriet Mitchell and Master Juno won BE90 section N. Harriet, from Liskeard, has also finished second and third at Broadway and Larkhill events this season, but marked their first win to date at Nutwell Court in July after only starting affiliated eventing in 2012.
The 17-year-old bay gelding was bought for Harriet, 14, two years ago from a member of the North Cornwall Pony Club. This event marked a personal best for Harriet in the dressage phase with a score of 28.5. "We've been working really hard on his dressage with the help of Marc Leon," said Harriet. "He's always great in the showjumping and hasn't had a pole all season," added Harriet, who has qualified for the BE90 Badminton Grassroots regional finals and is aiming for her first one at West Wilts (3) in September.
A double win was almost on the cards for Emily King, who headed novice section E with Walitze F Vejgard and finished second in the open intermediate (OI) riding Brookleigh.
Emily took a four-penalty lead in the novice with a 27 dressage mark. The Danish-bred black mare, owned by Gabriella Atkinson, has only been with Emily since the beginning of the year but the pair have notched up six wins out of seven runs.
"She's been pretty amazing," said Emily, daughter of Olympic rider Mary. "She's definitely an exciting one for the future despite not being the best jumper when she came to us. She tended to rush and was a bit quick over a fence but after spending time with lots of exercises she's realising she can do it very well without being so fast.
"Due to being a nine-year-old it has meant I can crack on with her as although she's a novice she's already very mature and strong."
Emily will now concentrate on the 2013 FEI Junior European Championships in Haras de Jardy, France, in September. "I'm going to be aiming her for Weston Park in October now. She comes from top showjumping lines but she has turned out to be perfect for eventing."
Emily's second placing in the OI on Brookleigh came after a third in the advanced at Gatcombe. The son of Rockwell, owned by Nicky Harwood, was formerly partnered by Clayton Fredericks and was his reserve horse for the 2012 London Olympics. "When Clayton moved to America, Nicky asked if I would like to take him on as she didn't want him to go out there," said Emily, who now has Brookleigh as her reserve ride at the Europeans.
William Fox-Pitt has stepped Top Biats up to higher levels having started him in BE100 classes at the beginning of the year.
Here, he took the open novice (ON) section on a finishing score of 25.4. "Having run intermediate last time out I wanted to give him an easier run, just for a bit of fun," said William. "The applications for Lion de Angers six-year-old World Championships go in this week so fingers crossed."
William also won intermediate section A riding Luxury FH to a winning mark of 34.7. It was only a second intermediate run for the seven-year-old by Vechta. "He was fantastic considering it was only his second run at this level," said William. "He was second after the dressage with a score of 25.5 and gave me a very good ride cross country, adding just 9.2 time penalties. It was a decent track with a lot of variety so I was very impressed with how he coped."