We had a brilliant day at the Adult Mounted Games competition at South Staffordshire College on 17 May. Eight teams battled it out over seven races for the coveted Clueso Cup and the games had a new format for 2014 with no dismounting necessary in any game. The competition is run every year in memory of Heather Lucas, our late Regional Chairman, and the cup is named after her horse Clueso.
The South Staffordshire Stars, Somerford GGGs, The Border Raiders, East Shropshire Fine Fillies, New House Farm, Worcestershire Blue Belles, Mercia Treccies and the Muppettes all enthusiastically threw themselves into the new games and battle commenced with the bending race. Mercia Treccies, Worcs Blue Belles and ESRC Fine Fillies all won their heats to go through to the final and Mercia Treccies gained the top points.
The milk carton race and sock & bucket were particularly hard work for the on foot team members who had to retrieve dropped items and get back to their posts before their mounted team members could continue and that altered the final placings in several of the heats.
After three hours of competition Mercia Treccies regained the Clueso Cup and team member Lesley Benyon said: “Thank you to Andrea and team for putting on another great competition for The Clueso Cup. I think everyone had fun and enjoyed themselves which Heather I'm sure would have loved to see. Mercia Treccies being the most senior of the teams really enjoyed the day and regaining the Clueso Cup was just brilliant - a wonderful way to remember our very dear friend Heather Lucas."
Second place went to the Worcestershire Blue Belles for the fourth year running. The blue rosettes perfectly matching their outfits! The Border Raiders finished third, East Shropshire Fine Fillies were fourth, and the Muppettes finished fifth - a very impressive result as they were put together the evening before the competition and had never even met! South Staffordshire Stars, New House Farm and Somerford GGGs were sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.
Patsy Pyke from the Border Raiders team said: “A huge thank you for organising such a superb day last Saturday at Rodbaston. Our team 'The Border Raiders' and their ponies, thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the excitement will last us for a long time. Please thank your team for making everything so lovely and relaxed, and such fun. We are all really grateful to you all."
The Regional Committee would like to thank all the teams for taking part and all the ring stewards and line judges who marshalled the teams efficiently in and out of the arena. Dee Rogers kindly provided first aid cover and John Maddock gave his time for free to take some wonderful pictures available to view on Facebook and for purchase with a donation to the BHS Grass Sickness Fund.
All photos courtesy of John Maddock.