Rowen Barbary Team Challenge champions crowned
This weekend competitors were welcomed to Weston Park to enjoy British Eventing’s new-look Rowen Barbary Team Challenge, a team competition for adult riders held at BE80(T) and BE90 Open level.
In the two BE90 Open Team Challenge sections, The Rutland Racy Riders and The Check Mates took the winning team spots, while The Mane Attraction were victorious in the BE80(T) class.
Rowen Barbary BE90 Open Team Challenge
The Rutland Racy Riders completed on a team score of 90.4 to take the top spot in the very competitive BE90TC section D. The team made up of Charlotte Cramphorn riding Rebecula, Tom Fray on Good Omen III, Claire Daly with Grant II and Sarah Batty and Silver Banner Girl completed just four penalties ahead of second-placed Gindependent Women on 94.4 and Team Right Ride 90 in third place on 96.0. View the full results for section D.
Tom Fray commented, “Although we came to Weston Park knowing we were capable of producing good scores, we were absolutely blown away to win! We came together as a team via our Coach Jo Holmes-Cole and we all jumped at the chance as soon as the new Team Challenge concept was announced. Weston Park is an incredible venue, the courses are interesting and challenging in parts and the time was influential which really made you ride accurate lines and make every second count.”
In BE90 Team Challenge section E, The Check Mates, a team brought together via their shared love of coloured horses, took the win on a score of 91.0. The team made up of Saskia Brookes and Derreentige Tilly, Katie Stephens-Grandy on Rathcline Kestrel, Chloe Fairley on board Behey Boy II and Nick Ireland with Billy Bank held their nerve to finish just 2.5 penalties ahead of second-placed team Gin and Onit (92.5) with The Army Eventing team clinching third place on a score of 100.4. View the full results for section E.
Check Mates team member Katie Stephens-Grandy said, “We are a team of close friends from North Yorkshire who all met because of horses. We absolutely loved the new Team Challenge and think it is such a perfect addition for grassroots riders; we really felt the support, camaraderie and team spirit despite the competition taking place under the current Return to Sport Protocols. British Eventing and Weston Park ran an incredible event, it was well organised, professional, and friendly. The show jumping was well built and up to height and the cross country ran over good old-fashioned turf. Coming here has been the perfect end to this season, a real pick me up good-feeling event!
Rowen Barbary BE80(T) Open Team Challenge
Team Mane Attraction put in an outstanding performance to win on a total final score of 88.8, a commanding 12.4 points ahead of second-placed Ride and Seek (101.2) who finished just ahead of third placed Native Neddies & Friends on 104.7.
The winning team was made up of Jessica Nevin riding Nicky Byrne, Victoria Jolly and Titan V, Nikki Cox on board Mr Gangster and Julie Jeffes with Hederfeld Ash. Friends Victoria, Nikki and Julie found their fourth team member Jessica via the power of social media using BE’s new ‘Team Challenge’ Facebook Group. The newly formed team arranged to compete at Offchurch Bury prior to Weston Park and now continue to aim for the BE80(T) Championships. View the full results from the BE80(T) Team Challenge HERE.
The Rowen Barbary Team Challenge took on a new format for 2020, with riders given the opportunity to form their own teams of four. For further information on the Team Challenge and new developments for 2021 visit britisheventing.com/Team-Challenge