Appleby rider and the newly crowned 2016 Robinson Udale Cumbria Riders Challenge Trophy winner Clare Chappelhow riding her consistently good performer Crackenthorpe Wanikiy secured their title with a win in the BE90 Section B class at Eden Valley horse trials over the weekend in what changed to soft going conditions after heavy rain continued to fall overnight on Friday and throughout the day on Saturday. 12 year old Burgh by Sands rider Freya Gaitskell came 4th in the same section to take the 2016 Lakes Free Range Egg Co. sponsored Cumbria Junior Champion title and Ulverston based Ashleigh Hale was unchallenged at the Nord Vue Farm near Armathwaite venue and held on to her lead in the Cumberland Building Society’s Young Rider Champion title for 2016. British Eventing Coach Ruth Clark from Sleagill near Penrith riding Millie Holder’s 7 year old Noble Quiet Man secured the top place in Section A in the BE90 class whilst there were some very encouraging performances from other young local riders throughout Sunday’s BE80, 90 and 100 classes where Breanne Kelso, Sarah Beattie and Holly Veitch all put in solid clear cross country rounds in much improved going and gloriously sunny weather, although Holly’s sister Amy Veitch having performed a fine dressage test to score 29.5 on Saturday lost out on a top placing with a stop across country when her ride Lorton Braveheart struggled with the heavy going at some of the fences. There considerable further sisterly action with Charlotte Smith from Dufton taking 2nd place in the BE90 Section K riding Much ADO II with her sister Sorrel riding As You Like It V enjoying a 6th placing in Section J at the same level. Similarly, sisters Laura and Louisa Evans from Kings Meaburn, who although unable to compete regularly this season, nevertheless held places in the middle order with Laura securing a double jumping clear to come 13th in Airowear BE80 Section G. There was a very unusual 20 penalties for Clifton based Jodie Gray’s Danny Murphy at Fence 3 particularly having had such a good year up to date and they should however be pleased with their overall equal 2nd place in the Cumbria Riders Challenge. Jodie’s sister Robyn travelled up from Cheshire but in contrast to last year’s autumn fixture at Nord Vue unusually failed to take her regular top placings. Carlisle sisters Hannah and Hayley McGarr were competing against each other in BE100 Section E with the younger Hannah going home with an 8th place whilst Hayley’s horse Balia Boy was far from himself and retired from the cross country having had three refusals at fence 13. Deborah Hogg owner of the Rookin House Activity Centre near Thelkeld was thrilled with her 6th place in what was her first BE Affiliated event and finished on her dressage score of 38.5 and was one of only 4 double clear rounds in the section, whilst stablemate and trainer Claire Light took 7th place in BE80 Section G riding Mount Batten. There were some further confidence giving rounds for newcomers to the eventing circuit for Francesca Weymouth and April Jackson who with a few more events under their belt will soon be achieving some respectable placings. Organisers of the competition Lucinda and Douglas Weymouth from Bampton were thrilled the competition went ahead and thanked all the many volunteers and professional contractors who braved the weather and in such good humour. Many of the Cumbrian horse trials community will now look forward to their new Awards Ball to be held at The Halston in Carlisle on Saturday 29th October.