Leonnie and Bellatrix are through to National Championships

Leonnie Jones (33) from Haywards Heath, West Sussex on board Bellatrix III, a seven year-old black mare owned by James Johnson won the Dodson & Horrell 0.95cm National Amateur Second Round hosted by Sparsholt College Equine Centre in Winchester, Hampshire, recently

Each of the starters were hoping to qualify for the Dodson & Horrell National Amateur Championships, which takes place at Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool from November 19-23.

Leonnie Joneas and Bellatrix

Leonnie Joneas and Bellatrix

Of the nineteen starters coming forward for the twelve qualifying places, only nine jumped clear in the first round to go through to the jump off. The jump off then saw seven secure a double clear, with all of the competitors picking up a qualifying place in the championship final, the clock decided the final line-up.

The penultimate combination to go in the jump off, Leonnie and Bellatrix III gained their double clear in 33.58 seconds ensuring the victory was theirs. Second place went to 23-year-old Bex Foster from Hook, Hampshire with her own six-year-old chestnut mare Ruby Tuesday XII.

Their double clear was secured in 34.01 seconds. Third place went to Lana-Mai Couzens (25) from Rowlands Castle, Hampshire with her own eight-year-old piebald gelding Peeping Tom. Delivery of a double clear in 34.51 seconds ensured the combination a top three placing, and also a spot in the Championship Final.

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