Clare and Naz are the perfect combination
Clare Bond, from Norfolk, continued a very successful season at Burnham Market Horse Trials at the weekend on her champion partnership Laughtons Nazaratti.
In the BE100 Section A, Clare and Naz narrowly missed out on first place after a brilliant dressage and just one pole down.
This placing adds to the impressive record that Clare has collected over the season. Naz, who was acquired by Scott Adcock as an unbroken four-year-old, has come out in fine form this season with six top-10 placings, including a win at Keysoe a few weeks previously and a second at Shelford Mannor.
'I had originally gone to get a horse that was already broken in, but when I saw him walk across the field towards me I knew he was the one,' says Clare.
However, despite this incredible record, Naz hasn't always had the best luck.
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'He chipped is hind cannon bone on the lorry coming home from Oasby at the beginning of the season and was off until June,' explained Clare.
He had to have the summer off, but although frustrating Clare insists that it wasn't all bad: 'The time allowed him to fill out and generally mature, he came back into work in June this year and has been a more well-rounded horse.'
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As well as being successful at BE, Clare and the 16.1hh gelding represented their club, Carousel Riding Club, at the area horse trials competition where the club came third.
Clare says her success has been achieved by a combination of different individuals.
'Last year I spent some time training with Teresa Swift and Laurence Hunt with different horses, but this year I have been working by myself on the dressage side,' she said.
With the 2013 season coming to a close, Clare turns her attention to 2014.
She said: 'I am now planning a trip to Aldon to compete in the BE100 three-day-event in the hope of gaining a direct qualification to the Grassroots Final at Badminton next year.
'However, this conflicts with my ambitions to take him novice and do a one star at the end of the year. I am in no rush and I will just take each day as it comes.'
The Beccles & Bungay Riding Club One-Day Event took place at Geldeston Hall at the weekend, with competitors coming from as far away as Essex and Cambridgeshire to take part.
There were six classes running over three different courses with jump heights of 70, 85 and 95cms. Class one was won by Taylor Booker, 15, from Essex riding Shiloh Star, finishing on 34.4 penalties.
Lee Wright, riding Mandie Bradley's beautiful young grey Harley, were the champions of class two. The open 70cm class was won by Liz Crowe from Bury St Edmunds riding Handsome George, with Holly Molloy and Dartford Boy taking second place. The Restricted 85cm class attracted the highest number of entries and as a result was split into two sections. Winning the first section was Pip Davis riding her ex-racehorse Cathedral Rock who had won £30,000 as a National Hunt hurdler. Section B was won by Lucy Hicks and Oranco.
Class 5, the Open 85cm, was very close, with time the deciding factor. Wendy Lowe riding Maggie May and Lucy Frost riding Polly Whispers finished the dressage with just 0.5 penalties between them. Both were clear in the show jumping and cross-country but it was the time cross country that put Wendy into the lead. Flynn Regan rode Georgie Underdown's El Dorado to the winner's podium in class 6. Producing one of the best dressage tests of the day they only added 2.4 cross country penalties to win the class.
n Beccles & Bungay Riding Club is holding an Open Autumn Hunter Trial at Geldeston Hall on Sunday, October 13, starting at 10am. Entries and inquiries to Esther Bean, The Stables, Burgh St Peter, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 0AD. Tel: 07788 561851. or email email@example.com.
n Great bargains are to be had at an Indoor Equestrian Barn Sale on the weekend of October 5-6. All items for horses and riders, including clothing and boots, all end of season stock and over-stock items to clear. From 10am to 3pm each day. Venue: Watton Road Farm, Hingham, Norfolk NR9 4NN. All proceeds to charity.
Novice Jumping started a busy weekend at Lime Kiln Farm with both lead rein and off lead rein sections in the 20cm class.
All the lead reins were on their first outing to Lime Kiln with Millie Hayward riding Lily taking first place followed by Thomas Brewer on Sonnet. Katie Holland was a clear winner, by 10 seconds off lead rein. Bobby Lapping on his first competition came second and George Brazier, who was off the lead rein for the first time, got into the jump off and came a credible fifth. The 30cm class was won by Ruby Vaughan-Jones on Dougie. The 40cm was won by Lily Gibbs on Rosie.
Saturday saw the last of the Mini One Day Events this season, with both Libby and Nellie Ong and Olivia Waller all finishing on their dressage scores in their respective classes.
Sunday saw a good turnout for the Intermediate show Jumping with Carol Milton-Brooks getting the only double clear to win the 40 cm riding her grand-daughter's Pebbles.