Perfect start for Helen West Eventing at Aldon Horse Trials March 19, 2014
Helen West has said she is delighted with the results of her six horses following her first outing at Aldon’s BE event at the weekend.
Charles Upham’s stallion Langaller Starring Role, by Catherston Dazzler, rolled just one pole in the showjumping to finish fifth in section M of BE100.
“I was absolutely delighted and he jumped beautifully,” said Helen who added that she felt encouraged that he had the capability to progress through the grades.
Jessie Morton’s home bred Foxdon Sunny Jim confirmed the form he showed last season with a double clear in intermediate section Q, picking up 12.4 times penalties and finishing tenth.
“I was so chuffed with him as he has only been cross country schooling once. He’ll go to Gacombe this weekend. He was quite fresh although he kept a lid on it. I think Blenheim Palace later in the summer is a realistic aim with him”
A naturally highly strung horse, he was led to the dressage and showjumping by Helen’s head groom Becks Barratt although once going cross country, loves his jumping.
Jessica Colson’s homebred Eximious jumped a double clear in a BE100 class. “He’s a very able horse and I was delighted with him,” commented Helen.
On The Brash, who is owned by Sarah Tobey has recovered well from a colic operation last Autumn and was back on song in the open novice, rolling a pole in the showjumping. “He loves his jumping and will go to Gatcombe this weekend for an intermediate.”
Sally-Anne Eggington’s Dennis Diamond and Natalie Hermer’s MGH Grafton Streed both jumped double clears too with the former finishing seventh in a BE100 section.
Helen said; “It was a fantastic start to the new season. Working at Bicton means I have a much better balance between competing the horses and having a job, as I am not having to put myself under so much pressure with the horses. Before all I could think about was horses and I don’t think it was very healthy.”