The timing couldn’t have been better for the Hunter Trial at Treborough Cross Country run by Chipstable Hunt. Being high up on the edge of Exmoor, the rain had drained well and the springy turf was just right for competitors who were keen to get going after a month of cancellations. The courses were well built and up to height and included ditches, banks, water, corners and skinny fences as well as nice, inviting rails and brush fences.
The day was well supported by riders, some having travelled from as far away as the Mendips and Exeter. Two riders who were very pleased to have made their first visit from Barnstaple were Michelle Pocock and Emma Wright who won the 80cm Pairs class riding Woody and Fred. Close behind them were mother and daughter, Jill and Steph Knight, regular Chipstable hunt followers. Another Chipstable supporter to do well and enjoying some time off from the events organising committee was Helen Goff and her 20-year-old Thoroughbred mare Sula, second in the 80cm individual class.
Local farmer Jeremy Brown and his cross country machine Walker won the 90cm class for Riding Club members and was also second in the 1metre class, being narrowly beaten by local Doctor, Emma Pascall.
Main organiser, Pam Roffe- Silvester was thrilled with the day and all the support. She said: “The Chipstable Hunt, which has a very small country based around Wiveliscombe and the surrounding countryside is very fortunate to have lots of supporters who have been so generous in sponsoring or helping. Many thanks to all of them and also to the Weatherlake family who own Treborough and all the riders who came along.”