The Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships held at Badminton House immediately before the prestigious four-star event give 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 BE100 Championship was won by Alexandra Farrar-Fry from West Yorkshire riding Mariam Haque’s six-year-old Grey Finnsky. The combination triumphed on their impressive dressage mark of 27.5 penalties. They were closely followed by Anna Tomlinson riding Moreorless II who finished on a score of 29.4. Third place was occupied by Cathrine Taylor riding Lynn Ferguson’s Lorelei, who finished on 31.5 penalties.
The course caused problems at a number of different fences. In total 48% of cross-country starters completed the cross-country course with no jumping penalties.
Here are pictures of the fences riders faced on the cross-country. The championship course was 3100m in length with an optimum time of 6 minutes 34 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: 1 refusal
Fence 13ab: 8 refusals
Fence 14abc: Shogun Hollow
Fence 15: CrossCountry App Fallen Tree
Fence 16ab: 4 Star Wall
Fence 17ab: 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).