A cold, snowy and windswept Cumbrian day greeted many competitors heading to Round 2 of the Winter Arena Eventing Series at Blackdyke Farm although many coming from the most rural areas were forced to stay home. Nevertheless and full day of competitions was underway by 10 o’clock with a well -attended 70cm Optimum Time class taken in fine style by Annie Linton riding Kracker. John Collier’s 21 fence course rode well and this made for a well-deserved and fun end of year atmosphere, despite the cold conditions. Class 2 the 80cm Optimum Time saw another Blackdyke rider enjoy a win with Katy Chapman riding with considerable style on Blossom to be just a second over the time with her clear round. Classes 3 and 4 swept by as those hoping to attend called in to report difficulties making tracks and preferring to stay safely at home with snow continuing to fall in a few areas and there were wins for April Jackson in the 80cm Speed & Joker section and Hannah Broadhurst in the 90cm Optimum Time. And then the most extraordinarily competitive class of just 4 riders well and truly showed those assembled how to ride in a Speed & Joker class with Claire McNay riding Ghillie taking the top spot in the 90cm class with an impeccably ridden round attracting much praise from the Judges and Organisers. The 100cm Optimum Time and highest class of the day was won by Francesca Weymouth whose partnership with the highly experienced Oscar is now benefitting from regular jumping coaching from John Collier. This was another professionally run and outstanding competition from the Blackdyke and Cumbria Horse Trials teams and Round 3 in the Series takes place on 28th Jan.