Arena Eventing – 11th February 2018

11th February 2018 all-day

Arena Eventing Show Report – 11th February 2018

Arena eventing is certainly proving popular here at Aintree and our second fixture on 11th February attracted a capacity entry.

Full marks to Archie Tulloch who gained a winning double in the pre-novice (1.0m) riding Kildun Marathon (Jimmy) and novice (1.05m) with Shinglis Joe (Blue).

These proved nice home wins for Archie whose father Andrew, is Clerk of the Course and head of racing at Aintree.  Archie is just three months into his partnership with Jimmy and after two Pony Club winter league wins, the 12-year-old rider felt ready to tackle arena eventing on his fourth outing.

As Jimmy had previously evented with Archie’s older brother Thomas the Irish bred Connemara proved the ideal ride.

“I was slightly nervous, especially through the little coffin, but Jimmy is a polite ride and he was really careful,” said Archie.

Stepping up a level to the novice 1.05m Archie again read the course well to get nearest to the optimum time to win with Blue. Although Blue has been with the Tulloch family for two years, he is still fairly low mileage. Last year, Archie and Blue did three BE90 competitions and qualified for the Badminton grass roots regional final.

“Archie’s ponies are totally different to ride, so he did very well. Whereas Jimmy can be pushed on, Blue is buzzy and has to be ridden quietly, so with him, it was a case of having to cut corners to save time,” said Archie’s eventing mum Jancis.

Having gained a win in the 70cm section here last month with Blackhill Imogen (Immie), Wirral rider Ruby Ward and her nine-year-old Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) and Royal International (RIHS) working hunter finalist stepped up to win the progressive junior class.

“Immie is so straight forward to ride and will go on and jump bigger fences too.

We did a few turns, but kept everything neat and tidy and it was a nice level round,” said Ruby, who will shortly be handing over the reins to younger brother James for showing classes. Having gained second and third places last month, Leshka Torskyj and Queen P (Prada) clinched a win this time in the senior beginner.

Leshka has owned Prada for nine years, the 16-year-old mare, bred on Voltaire lines making an unbelievable recovery following total liver failure after foaling a couple of years ago. Last year, Leshka and Prada competed in veteran and HOYS riding horse classes, but this season Leshka, who works at Crow Wood Equestrian Centre is committed to having a pleasure year with lots of fun and low-level shows pencilled in on the calendar.

“This was quite a tricky course, but Prada is really brave. She goes in a hackamore, loves to jump and she has never stopped,” said Leshka, who also finished third in the senior 70cm progressive section.

With a win and three more places to their credit so far this, the pair are the current series leaders on 30 points.

It seemed appropriate, that approaching Valentines Day, My Noble Valentine (Jeremy) and Romeo V topped the senior pre-novice (1.0m) and senior intro for their respective riders Ricki Riley and Lesley Mitton. Since buying her Irish Draught x TB unbroken two years ago, Ricki has found Jeremy to be ultra-versatile.

The seven-year-old has successfully competed in dressage and working hunter classes and he just missed out qualifying for the HOYS SEIB showing finals after finishing second and fourth in two qualifiers.

Ricki and Jeremy also competed in the Pony Club Championships at Cholmondeley last summer.

“This our second arena event here and I thought it was a great course with plenty to look at.

Jeremy is very quick thinking and often gets me out of trouble and this was a great warm up for working hunter classes,” said Ricki, who is aiming Jeremy at HOYS and RIHS working hunter qualifiers this summer.

Aintree’s next Arena Eventing Show is on the 20th May 2018



Rider Horse/Pony Points Current Placing
Leshka Torskyj Queen P 30 1
Lucy Postance Brieryhill Matador 24 2
Ruby Ward Noble Peppermint 24 2
Katherine Tasker Squeaky 20 3
Ruby Ward Imogen 20 3
Emma Furmston Sportsfield Little General 18 4
Alanna Pilling Mariannes Moonshadow 16 5
Alanna Pilling FERGUS VIII 16 5
Archie Tulloch Shingles Joe 16 5 Emilia Tasker brookhamlodge fireman sam 16 5
Archie Tulloch Kildun Marathon 14 6
Fiona Long Tosca 14 6
Honor Freebody Colonel Crusty 14 6
Hannah Macgregor Drummin Flyer 13 7
Amy Ross Cians Boy 12 8
Carys Jones Holmstead Girl 12 8
Martha German Lockinge Poppy 12 8
Jade Baker Kenna’s Cailin Dubh 11 9
Bethany Humphries Max 10 10
Danny Cumberbatch Indian Summer 10 10
Darcey Parr Hoghton Solitaire 10 10
Lauren Fry The Fugitive 10 10
Lesley Mitton Romeo V 10 10
Liesl Clark Zorona 10 10
Lisa Godkin Oscar 10 10
Louis Callow My Miller 10 10
Mckenzie Clark Diamonds Hero 10 10
Millie-sue Latham Rockhills silver lining 10 10
Rebecca Raine Miami Dancer 10 10
Ricki Riley My Noble Valentine 10 10
Sarah Cairns Ballyblood Sinbad 10 10

Arena Eventing Series Shows

New Year Arena Eventing Show (14th January 2018)

Winter Arena Eventing Show (11th February 2018)

Spring Arena Eventing Show (20th May 2018)

Summer Arena Eventing Show (5th August 2018)

Autumn Arena Eventing Show (21st October 2018)

Classes are run at each show ranging from 60cm up to 1.10m

There will also be a new points system for the 2018 shows with the highest point award going to the leading Horse/Pony/Rider who has attended all the shows.

The points system for the competition will be awarded in each class as follows:-

1st – 10 points

2nd – 8 points

3rd – 6 points

4th – 4 points

5th—2 points

6th—1 point

Horse/pony and rider combinations will be awarded points which will be accumulated at each show that they compete in. A leaderboard will be produced at each show with the overall winner announced at the end of the Autumn Show in October.