Wednesday 24th of April 2019
Eventing

Meet The Mitsubishi Motors Cup Yorkshire Riders

In the lead up to the Mitsubishi Motors Cup (1-2 May 2018) in the grounds of Badminton Estate, we meet some of the competitors as they prepare for the big event.

Chloe Fairley

I am based near Malton in North Yorkshire. I competed in the BE90 Mitsubishi Motors Cup on our homebred horse, The Happy Prince in 2016. We got married the Saturday before, so the competition and then Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials was our honeymoon! This year I will be competing Skelton Beth in the BE90.

We bought Biscuit for my husband two years ago. He only started riding in his 30’s after he met me but is pretty hooked now. She had done very little eventing, but she has a wonderful jump. I borrowed her from my husband to have a go at a BE80T at Stafford in the summer of 2016. I couldn’t believe it when I saw our dressage score, as it was our first ever test. Since then I haven’t really given her back.

She is half Shire and so doesn’t look like your typical event horse. She has big feet and a big head but is very beautiful. She looks like she would be a very quiet and laid back ride, but she is actually quite an anxious horse, she doesn’t like any sudden movements. She has not been the boldest out cross country, so we’ve had plenty to work on ahead of the Mitsubishi Motors Cup.

The whole week is an incredible experience but I cannot wait to get out on the cross country course where we can hopefully get the obligatory picture jumping or galloping with Badminton House in the background. Eventing truly is a family outing for us. My husband, Dad, two sisters, two nieces and nephew all come to support. My trainer, Nicky Lyons is coming and quite a few from my Riding Club. We got T-shirts printed when I rode in 2016, so this year we would like to do the same.

Tina Richards

I am based in Clifton, West Yorkshire and this will be my first time competing at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup. Trebellan and I are a fairly new partnership, I’ve only had her about a year. She is unique, to me, in many ways but to name a couple; she is a very laid back mare with a sensitive nature but really switches on as soon as we arrive at an event. I’m not sure you would call it a quirk but in stark contrast to her laid back demeanour she is prone to the odd explosion, which has resulted in me hitting the ground.

Training has been going really well, helped by regular dressage and show jumping lessons. Unfortunately hampered somewhat by the terrible weather and the subsequent cancellation of the first two events of the season but this hasn’t dampened our spirits and without a doubt I’m looking forward most to the cross country phase.

My parents will be with me along with my husband Adrian and his parents, plus close friends and our chocolate lab Harley. They really are a great support team.

Stephanie Batty

I am 18 years old and based in Pontefract. I work at a primary school in East Ardsley as a business administrator. This is the first time that I have competed at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup and I am so excited as I can now say that my horse has galloped over Badminton Estate.

Attyrory Mate (Lindt) is unique due to his colour. He is ironically named after the Lindt chocolate due to him being a chocolate dun. He is nine years old and we have been a partnership for nearly two years. Lindt is well known for his presence in the ring and his enormous feet. He really is a true gentleman that knows his job. However, when he knows he’s done well he can put in the odd buck.

Breckenbrough Horse Trials in April will be our first event. I have had plenty of stubble to ride on over the winter and that has helped me a lot with preparations for the event. The stubble is perfect for my speed and fitness routines.

I have a great support team in my Mum and Dad. My Mum comes to every event and helps get Lindt ready. I feel as long as I have got my Mum saying her typical “stick to your pig skin” when I am in that cross country start box then everything is going be okay.

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