The weather proved an extra obstacle for the eventers at the Bishop Burton Horse Trials last weekend but local entrants Miss Brodie and Chilledbychoice, both ridden by Folkton based eventer and coach Phil Brown, overcame the muddy conditions to secure a couple of very respectable finishes.
Miss Brodie, owned by David and Caroline White, beat all-comers to win the Intermediate section and qualify for the Smith & Williamson British Eventing Intermediate Championship at Gatcombe Park in August while Chilledbychoice secured a 10th place at only his second BE100 run this year. “Both the horses were just fabulous,” says Phil. “Chilledbychoice jumped superbly and has shown us he has the potential to move up a level when we feel he’s ready. Miss Brodie, on the other hand, may already be competing at international level but the result finalises our Advanced qualification and to qualify for Gatcombe is a simply stunning result.”
The conditions were certainly against them at Bishop Burton although the organisers did a sterling job to keep everything running smoothly in the face of constant downpours on both days.
Phil runs his eventing yard from Folkton near Scarborough but is well known in the area as an instructor. As a British Eventing accredited coach, he runs regular clinics at Port Royal and at various cross-country courses throughout the year and also instructs regularly for all the local Pony Club branches and for individual clients wanting to progress in eventing. “I was a member of the Middleton East PC branches for many years,” explains Phil, “and I still enjoy working with enthusiastic youngsters who want to go on and event at affiliated level.”
Three of his pupils from the Derwent PC were competing alongside him at Bishop Burton. “It’s great to see them doing so well: Emily Houseman and Emily Lyon both went clear X/C and Lucy Vincent was placed eighth at her first ever BE outing.”
“Despite the weather this has been a simply amazing weekend! I’m now looking forward to my next CIC2* event with Miss Brodie before we go to Gatcombe in August.”