Frenchfield review

The quality of horses competing at Frenchfield (2) last Saturday bodes well for the future of the sport according to event organisers Lucinda and Douglas Weymouth. Frenchfield offered a well presented and educational set of courses from BE90 to Novice with some highly regarded riders including Nicola Wilson, Emily King, Michael Owen, Tyler Cassells, Victor Burkin, Lucinda Atkinson and Daniel Scott all making the trip to central Cumbria, bringing their younger up and coming horses on behalf of numerous owners.   Saturday’s event also saw many riders travelling considerable distances to enjoy the sandy undulating terrain which overlooks The Lake District. There were faults spread across the courses at BE90, BE100 and Novice level with no single fence giving issues to the 285 entrants.  Douglas Weymouth who designs the cross-country courses explained ‘this event provides a wide variety of core cross country elements and asks many different questions, some of which come in quick succession, putting the horse into different shapes and across terrain requiring a good level of fitness.  We know our entrants well and try hard to provide the stepping-stones to bring on horses up to their next level and we always ensure the combinations included are well matched to BE affiliated standards’. Having the support of long-time sponsors AW Jenkinson Forest Products helps secure this venue for the BE fixtures calendar and provide a highly accessible site just off the M6/A66 intersection.  Notable results came from Victor Burtin riding Miss Fionnuala Mccredie and Miss Cliona Muir’s Billy Bergerac who kept his 21 dressage score to win Novice Section G, and Tyler Cassells likewise remaining on his 20.5 dressage score to win BE100 Section A, riding Ms Christine Mullarkey’s M C Zephyr.  The lowest score of the day of 20.3 provided a win for Lyndsay Allen and her own Rath Reggie. John Collier’s show jumping track was welcomed and ensured a fine balance between the disciplines at this level of competition.  Now in its third full year, Frenchfield will welcome back BE members in 2022.’