Shropshire based event rider, Susie Clark, took one of the top prizes competing against Olympic squad riders at Barbury Castle International Horse Trials recently. Susie took second place in the Novice section at the Wiltshire one day event with her eight year old home trained horse, Easily Led. The partnership has been together for less than two years – with this placing taking them out of the Novice section and into British Eventing Intermediate classes.Susie says, “Bones, as he is known at home, really surprised me; his dressage test was his best ever with me with a score of 25.5, and a he gave me a fantastic ride across country. The course was pretty stiff for a novice track, so as you can imagine I was thrilled to bits when we ended up in 2nd place after the three phases. As I was warming up for the cross country in the practice area, William Fox-Pitt was just coming through the finish on his Novice horse, and Andrew Nicholson and Andrew Hoy were both in the practice area with me also on their Novice horses – you can imagine I was in awe of the calibre I was competing with, and actually felt a little Pony club in comparison.”
Susie and Easily Led have improved their dressage scores on each outing, but at Barbury a pole in the show jumping phase cost them the top prize in the section, which went to Dan Jocelyn, who had six rides at Barbury Castle, compared to Susie’s one.