The Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships held at Badminton House immediately before the prestigious four-star event give those event riders at the lower levels of the sport the opportunity to perform on one of the biggest stages of the eventing world.
This year, the BE90 Championship was won by Hollie Booth from Cheshire riding Julia McGowan’s seven-year-old mare Dramatic. The combination won on their impressive dressage mark of 24.1. They were closely followed by Katie Vincent riding Glen Carter owner by Alexis Sims who finished on a score of 26.1. Third place was occupied by 15-year-old Heidi Coy riding her own 14hh Riversdale Magic Heart, who finished on 27.3 penalties.
The course caused problems at a range of fences throughout. 63% of cross-country starters completed the cross-country course with no jumping penalties.
Here is what rider’s faced on cross-country day at the championships over a course totalling 3100m in length with an optimum time of 6 minutes 53 seconds. Find out which fences caught most riders out with our fence-by-fence analysis.
Fence 1: BE First
Fence 2: Trakehner
Fence 3ab: Kennels Houses
Fence 4: ASX Cross Question
Fence 5abc: Wadworths at The Lake
Fence 6: Sense Garden Wells
Fence 7: Hobsons Carrot Table
Fence 8: Danco Shooting Butt
Fence 9ab: World Horse Welfare Brushes
Fence 10: Spillers Horse Feeds Beam
Fence 11: PHEV Brush
Fence 12 and 13ab: Woodhouse Combination
Fence 12: 0 faulters
Fence 13: 7 refusals and 1 horse fall
Fence 14abc: Shogun Hollow
Fence 15: CrossCountry App Fallen Tree
Fence 16: 4 Star Wall
Fence 17abc: Mirage Step
Fence 18: Outlander Wagon
Fence 19ab: Willis Quarry
Fence 20: James’ Book
Read the full Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships report in Horse & Hound magazine (14 May 2015).
Walk the BE100 Grassroots Championships cross-country course [PICS]