Yorkshire dominated the final line up of the Mitsubishi Motors Cup with both the BE100 and BE90 grassroots champions hailing from the northern England county.
Lois Teal, who is in her third year at York St John University studying to be a PE teacher, lifed the BE100 title riding Z7 Catastrophe.
“I should be at home revising for exams,” she smiled.
Lois’s mother, a greyhound trainer, bought the horse two years ago after being tipped off by a friend in Ireland.
“He hadn’t done any dressage or cross-country, so he had no trot or gallop,” said Lois. “In our first season he would leave the dressage arena, refuse, buck and kick cross-country fences. He even spooked at a coloured horse, thinking it was a cow.”
Defending champion Katie Hancock finished second on Chytodden Crystal Rose ahead of small animal vet Charlotte Agar aboard Gambler VD Beekzijde.
“Angled brushes, like the one we’ve jumped here, give me nightmares,” admitted Katie, a safety and compliance manager based in Cornwall. “My dad and my partner have been out in all weathers building all sorts of fences for me to practice over.”
In the BE90 championship, Lauren Burton took the spoils riding D Akieda. Due to all the wet weather this season, this was the pair’s first eventing competition of the year.
“Luckily she likes soft ground, so this course suited her,” said Lauren, 22, who works with horses full time.
Robert Gilsenan, who runs a livery yard, piloted Landis Rocket Man into second.
“I’m competitive and I do like to win, but I checked my stopwatch too late on the cross-country and we finished too quickly, which cost us first place,” rued Robert. “I do have a habit of doing that; I’m annoyed with myself.”
Fourteen-year-old Freya Kendrew finished second with Romeo III.
“I get bad nerves, but I managed to keep control of them today,” said Freya, another well-placed Yorkshire rider who is a year nine pupil at Selby High School. “Luckily if you tell school you’re doing something involved in sport, they’re happy for you to have the time off.”
Today (Thursday 3 May) is day one of dressage in the CCI4* competition. Come back to your horse.co.uk/badminton-2018 over the weekend for more Badminton news and stories.