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We are pleased to hopefully get going in the recommencement of the SEEL Arena Eventing qualifiers after the period of enforced lockdown in December. It looks like qualifying spots will be at a premium this year after loosing qualifying shows. Please ensure you get your entries to all the host venues promptly to ensure you don’t miss out on this prestigious series, all classes will be drawn order and online entries only to comply with government covid protocols. We are very grateful to this years sponsors K Crumley Construction, who are also SEEL title sponsors for there generous sponsorship which enables the level of prize money on offer at the finals. This was a new series which started in 2018 and run jointly by Pyecombe, Coombelands and Petley Wood with the final changing venues annually between the centres. Other venues will be invited to hold qualifiers during the qualifying period. The 2021 final takes place at Pycombe over the weekend of 27/28 February.
The qualifying period for this championship will be from March 2020 till the middle of February 2021 and then recommence after the 2021 finals . The winners at the finals will be invited to collect there trophies and mementos at the SEEL Ball in Tunbridge Wells in November 2021. This years winners will receive awards at the Ball on 13th November 2021. Prizes at the final will include rugs, sashes, championship rosettes and excellent prize money according to sponsorship. It is also possible that to a stand alone class at the finals including a junior and a 1.05/10 height.
Numbers to qualify:
The first 10 competitors in all qualifying classes at 80cm/90cm/1m to qualify for the Championship finals. Qualifying information sheets will be issued to all combinations that qualify. If the finals are oversubscribed a ballot will take place and be decided by number of qualifying classes attended and combinations may be restricted to competing in only one championship class. Qualifying tables will be kept updated and available to view on the websites of the centers and the South East Eventers League below
Prizes at the final will include rugs, sashes, championship rosettes and excellent prize money according to sponsorship.
Qualifying dates 2020/ 21
December 13 Petley
December 12/13 Coombelands
December 19 Pyecombe
January 3 Petley Wood
January 9/10 Pyecombe
January 9 Coombelands
January 24 Coombelands
January 30/31 Pyecombe
February 7 Petley Wood
February 6/7 Coombelands
February 13/14 Pyecombe
February 20 Coombelands
27/28 February: Pyecombe – K Crumley Construction SEEL Championships
In the effort to minimise risks of the spread of COVID-19 we are continuing with our clinics, school hire and training at this moment in time as planned but are advising that everyone follows the current NHS advice on social distancing. After a directive from our governing bodies, ALL shows will be cancelled until further notice, this applies to BD,BS,NSEA,BRC and PC Shows. The website will be updated on a regular basis with new dates and any other news.
We continue to monitor all government guidance in relation to the running of sporting events in the face of the Covid-19 situation. We will continue to run until the government advises otherwise.
We would recommend that everyone involved within equestrian sport follows government issued guidance terms of washing hands, not touching your face, minimising physical contact with others. We would also request that anyone feeling unwell, with cold type symptoms and a temperature, does not attend .
We will continue to monitor the situation, and will provide regular updates on our website and social media channels.
As a further precaution to protect staff ,entries for school hire and clinics will only be accepted through our secure online entry system. No exceptions, so please don’t email, FB message or text as a refusal often offends. https://www.petleywoodequestrian.co.uk/full-calendar-of-events-online-entries/
Everyone at Petley are aware of our customers anxieties and we are taking a reflective and proactive approach to the Covid-19 situation under direction from governing bodies so members can carry on their professional business whilst also protecting ourselves and our staff.
EVERYBODY MUST BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN ACTIONS AND PLEASE NOTE WE ARE AWARE THE SITUATION IS CHANGING DAILY AND SHOULD WE RECEIVE FURTHER GOVERNANCE FROM OUR GOVERNING BODIES THEN WE WILL PROVIDE AN UPDATED STATEMENT.
Petley Wood hosted the 2020 SEEL Arena Eventing Championships over the weekend of 22 and 23 February 2020. This is the fourth running of this prestigious Championships which was sponsored by Vardags as part of there SEEL title sponsorship.
Combinations have qualified from competitions at Pyecombe, Coombelands and Petley throughout the year.
The latest storm to hit the UK over the past few weekends didn’t dampen the spirits of those competing, Storm Ellen, tried but failed to beat the hosting venues team of gallant stewards and organizing team who battled against the odds to keep the fences up in 50mph gusts.
The 80 Championships which saw 45 starters, were won by Olivia Pederson on her super smart pony Romulus D’Hurl Vent, who stormed round just adding 7 time penalties to there clear jumping round, they just pipped 2nd placed Lulu Isaac on the equally talented Amberley Rose who picked up 8 penalties. Sophie Cole and Sven Comber Q bought up the top three on a final score of 9 penalties. Ashleigh Jepheart picked up the special ROR prize. No combinations in the class managed the optimum time over the 21 fence course over a distance of 750m which included tight technical lines that required accurate riding and presentation.
Next up was the 90 Championship which was won from a start list of 43, by Danielle Johns on her lovely chestnut Lourdes. Danielle is better known on the show jumping circuit but has tried her hand at a couple of Arena Eventing classes at Pyecombe and Petley. They judged a near perfect round to within 1 second of the optimum time, picking up the 1 time penalty to earn the £100 winning prize. Megan Oxley and Master Utah picked up the runners up spot, with Lizzie Moreton and Hey Mickey rounding of the top three.
The 100 Championships which saw 41 starters oozed quality and they made it all look to easy over the 23 fence course, with tight technical lines and saw a nail biting finish to who would finish nearest the optimum time which was achieved in this class. Sam Sweeney and the evergreen veteran Burntwood Sorrell set the early pace but the quickest round of the class saw this combination drop to fourth spot being nearly 4 seconds under the time. Good rounds incurring zero penalties saw Amy Tate and Cheeky take eventual 2nd spot, with Ella Bubb on Shaken not Stirred picking up the third rosette. Sam Sweeney made amends from loosing her early lead on a spare ride that being Maddie Waters lovely mare Keela Jane. Sam rode the mare 3 weeks earlier to gain her qualifying spot whilst owner Maddie was injured following a fall. They were slower than her first ride but finished 0.91 under the time to win the class and prize winners spoils.
The day ended, believe it or not, with blue skies and sunshine, this obviously to the liking of Georgie Wood on her Arena Eventing specialist Sjapo le Sursaut who blitzed the 1.10m class winning by the table C class by 12 seconds from a very classy field, Sam Sweeney picked up second spot on the diminutive Just a Jewel and Katie Preston on the lovely talented mare Templar Juno. Sacha Hourigan finishing with the fourth and fifth placed rosettes.
Images by courtesy of LRG photograpy
Many thanks must go to everyone for supporting this series ,the venues in the South East for running qualifiers, judges, stewards and all our helpers and sponsors.
The 2021 finals will run at Pyecombe in February 2021.
Full results can be found at https://www.petleywoodequestrian.co.uk/competition-results/
And images from the championships at https://galleries.everybodysmile.co.uk/cgi-bin/public.cgi
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