78, Is The New Cross Country Champion!
years old grandmother Elizabeth Breton was the star of the South
Essex Insurance Brokers/British Horse Society Cross Country Championships
from Cirencester, won the novice section of the competition riding
Rolo. Second was Chris Howle from Staffordshire on Seamus, and
third, Rebekah Bartley and Wild Rose II from Northampton.
open class went to 44-years-old Sue Coffin from St. Austell, Cornwall,
and the Appaloosa Spot On who two years ago came from Ireland
so unruly that he broke her ribs! Runner up was Terry Ponton and
Bayside Boy, who had journeyed from Kent, with Emma Lloyd and
Mister Damask from Denbighshire third.
championship, held at Highworth, Wiltshire, drew competitors from
54 qualifying events nationwide.
who also competed in the Open classes but took falls on her other
two horses, missed her prizegiving after competing on the first
of the two-day event. The moment she had finished she jumped into
her car and with a friend, travelled across the country to her
niece's wedding in Lincoln Cathedral!
travelled back next day to compete in the open classes, after
which BHS officials presented her rosette and prizes. Elizabeth
rode as a child and after World War II competed in point to point
races. She gave up horses for some years and started again to
partner her granddaughter in a pairs class at the same championships
two years ago.
On took a year to settle and before he could be properly ridden
by owner Sue Coffin. "He came over from Ireland and we have
since discovered he was castrated without anaesthetic and never
properly backed or schooled," said Sue. "It took a long
time before he began to trust me."
MacKenzie, equine marketing manager for sole-sponsor, South Essex
Insurance Brokers, said: "This was a wonderful competition
over a thoroughly suitable course. South Essex is always anxious
to support events like this which provide safe and enjoyable riding
coupled with a memorable experience."
of the pairs class were Carla Thackwray, 18, and Toni Ford, 15,
who had both made the long journey from Yorkshire to compete.
In second place was Surrey pair Sarah Birch and Sian Littledyke,
with Bobbie Martin-Pope and 12-years-old Jo Steele from Somerset.