European route to Kentucky Derby

Newcastle’s Tapeta has already been graced by a subsequent Oaks winner in its 16-month existence and next year hopefuls for the Kentucky Derby could be facing off on Good Friday after Churchill Downs announced a European road to the US Classic on Thursday.

The Burradon Stakes, inaugurated in April, will be the final and most important leg in a new seven-race series aimed at allowing European-trained three-year-olds access to America’s most famous race.

The format of the European road to the Derby will use a points-based system similar to that currently used in the US and will incorporate races from Britain, Ireland and France.

A selection of major autumn juvenile events and races for three-year-olds will be used, with greater weight (20 points to the winner, rather than ten) given to those races contested by three-year-olds, and the Burradon Stakes (30 points) carrying the most points of all.

At the end of the series, there will be a place in the Kentucky Derby field on May 5 open to the horse with the most points accrued across the seven races. The second, third and fourth in turn would then be offered the place should those above forego it.

Thunder Snow was the sole European runner in this year’s Kentucky Derby Photo:Jean-Philippe Martini/Scoopdyga

The series is particularly good news for Arena Racing Company, who as well as staging the Burradon at Newcastle will also be responsible for one of the two-year-old races, the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on October 28.

Arc’s racing director Jon Pullin said: “We are really pleased to work with the team at Churchill Downs and be part of this exciting new initiative.

“Our two races which are involved are very different with the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster being one of the most historic contests in the racing calendar, while the £100,000 Burradon Stakes is a new race for three-year-olds and was run for the first time this year at Newcastle on Good Friday.

“It would be great to see horses who run in either, or both of the races, go on to take their chance in the Kentucky Derby.”

This is not the first scheme to encourage European participation at Churchill Downs. In 2009, Kempton staged the Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes, which offered a guaranteed spot in the Kentucky Derby to the winner. The John Gosden-trained Mafaaz took the honours but did not run in the Derby and the Kempton race was not run again.

Thunder Snow was the sole European runner in this year’s Kentucky Derby, but bucked as he left the stalls and was soon pulled up. Prior to that, the most recent European-based runner had been Helene Super Star for Aidan O’Brien in 2013.


THE EUROPEAN ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY

Septmeber 24 Beresford Stakes, Naas
September 30 Royal Lodge Stakes, Newmarket
October 1 Prix Jean-Luc Legardere, Chantilly
October 28 Racing Post Trophy, Doncaster
March 1, 2018 as-yet unnamed race at Kempton
March 9 Patton Stakes, Dundalk
March 30 Burradon Stakes, Newcastle

 

Scott Brash to compete at Hickstead this weekend

Britain’s number one showjumper Scott Brash will be competing at Hickstead’s season finale, the All England Jumping Championships (31 August – 3 September).

The Peeblesshire-born rider, who is now based close to Hickstead in West Sussex, has entered Thursday’s 1.40m Open class with his horse Hello Forever. Scott is an Olympic gold medallist and former World number one, and he currently sits 10th in the world rankings.

“Scott is an incredible talent, and this week’s All England Jumping Championships will give showjumping fans the chance to watch the master in action,” said Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn. “Entry and parking is free for spectators so it’s the perfect opportunity to come down to Hickstead to see several of Britain’s best riders compete, and to enjoy a relaxing day of showjumping.”

Scott Brash will be competing at Hickstead
Photo courtesy  Hickstead

Another top rider who has relocated closer to Hickstead is Ireland’s Trevor Breen, who has recently set up a brand-new yard very close to the showground. He will be competing at the Championships with several horses, including Bombay II and Lord Luidam.

Trevor, the Hickstead Derby winner in 2014 and 2015, is among the winners of the All England Grand Prix, the £6,000 1.40m championship held on the final day of the national show. Other former All England Grand Prix winners heading to the show for another crack at the title include reigning champion Phillip Miller, who has won the class for the past two years, and Ireland’s Michael Duffy, another dual winner of this class in 2013 and 2014.

As well as Scott Brash, two other Olympic riders are among the entries at the show, including David McPherson and Tim Stockdale. Three members of the Whitaker family will be in action too: Robert Whitaker and his wife Kate, plus Robert’s cousin Thomas Whitaker.

Bunn Leisure Derby Tankard victor and Al Shira’aa Derby runner up Holly Smith has had a great season at Hickstead – and she’ll no doubt be hoping to finish on a high at this week’s national show. Other names to look out for include two former Queen Elizabeth II Cup winners, Chloe Winchester and Keith Doyle; Billy Stud stable jockey Alex Gill, British Speed Derby champion Matthew Sampson and local rider Louise Simpson, who has a great record at the All England Jumping Course.

Young talents include Hickstead Under-25 Champion Jake Saywell and Amy Inglis, who were both part of Great Britain’s gold medal-winning team at the recent FEI European Young Rider Championships.

Please adopt WHW Clippy

Not only was World Horse Welfare Clippy the first pony to attend the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the model behind a stunning horseshoe sculpture and a star attraction at Badminton Horse Trials, but he is also the latest pony to join World Horse Welfare’s adoption scheme, little over a year since he was rescued from terrible conditions.

Clippy was discovered in February 2016 abandoned in a dilapidated stable, emaciated and knee deep in filth. The roof of the structure had collapsed in on him and he was surrounded by rusting metal, wood and debris with no access to food and water.

Thankfully, Clippy was rescued and taken into the care of World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm in Somerset where he has made a fantastic recovery to become the handsome, confident pony he is today.

 In May this year, Clippy’s incredible story was brought to life through World Horse Welfare’s garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in celebration of the charity’s 90th anniversary where Clippy met a host of celebrities from Kirstie Allsopp to Deborah Meaden and Rachel Riley.

Clippy is now taking up the reins as adoption horse at World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Somerset, replacing previous adoption pony, May, who has now been rehomed.

Supporters who adopt Clippy will receive regular updates on his progress and invites to special events – all whilst knowing they are helping World Horse Welfare rescue and rehabilitate many more horses and ponies just like him.

WHW Clippy

 World Horse Welfare Glenda Spooner Farm Assistant Manager, Grace Vooght, has worked with Clippy since his arrival at the farm. She said: “It’s been incredible to see Clippy grow and develop during his time with us. Not only has his physical appearance and condition improved dramatically, but his personality and confidence have also flourished.

“Upon arrival he had quite a listless demeanour and it was clear he’d been through a terrible time. Whilst he was undoubtedly nervous of humans, he has always been very willing to put his trust in the team here at the farm as if he understands that he’s now in a safe place.

 “In addition to his rehabilitation, Clippy has taken so well to becoming a true ambassador for World Horse Welfare – enjoying his various public engagements at local schools and events as well as Badminton Horse Trials and the Chelsea Flower Show. He loves meeting people and is a great character so we are sure he will take well to his role as our new adoption horse. He looks forward to welcoming many more of his fans to Glenda Spooner Farm!”

To adopt Clippy visit: www.worldhorsewelfare.org/adopt

Lightning Spear stars at Goodwood

There were racing thrills, family activities and dramatic fireworks at the 2017 August Bank Holiday Weekend at Goodwood Racecourse from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 August, all enjoyed by a huge record crowd of 32,319. The weekend was particularly popular with families, with nearly ten per cent more guests coming through the gates compared with 2016.

Jockey Oisin Murphy took the name of the feature race, the Group 2 Grosvenor Sport Celebration Mile, literally after victory aboard favourite Lightning Spear, celebrating wildly after it was announced he had come out best in a photo finish. Lightning Spear became only the second horse ever to win the race twice, having won twelve months earlier. The victory had looked unlikely three furlongs out and even at the line, as the David Simcock-trained colt took a long time to hit top gear, but he eventually caught and overhauled Zonderland, who was also second in last year’s race.

Lightning Spear (right) on his way to winning Goodwood’s Celebration Mile 2017 Photo: Harry Elliot

Just over half an hour later, the celebrations belonged to Her Majesty the Queen, whose Call To Mind landed the Listed Goodwood Revival March Stakes for William Haggas and Pat Cosgrave. Her Majesty has experienced some good fortune at the Racecourse lately, as Fabricate was victorious at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. Another horse who won at ‘Glorious’ earlier in the month was Billesdon Brook, who stepped up on her form with an impressive win in the Group 3 Grosvenor Sport Prestige Stakes for Richard Hannon and Sean Levey.

On Sunday the feature race, the Weatherbys Racing Bank Supreme Stakes, was won by Dutch Connection, whose class prevailed in a very quickly run contest. The Amateur Riders’ Handicap was won by jockey Freddie Tett, who capped a remarkable 24 hours, after travelling over very early in the morning from France having won the first ever point-to-point race to be staged there.

On Friday evening it was the phenomenal fireworks display set to music that left a lasting impression, with the near 10,000-strong crowd giving enthusiastic cheers and a round of applause when they came to an end. They had earlier been treated to a performance by Portsmouth’s Batala Drummers, who set a rousing beat around the grandstands.

Throughout the weekend there was a huge amount for racegoers to enjoy, including a very popular ‘test your strength’ competition, hosted by race sponsors Grosvenor Sport. The circus tent was a hive of activity, with Punch and Judy shows, circus demonstrations and face painting enjoyed by hundreds of children. The replica beach front, complete with sand from the Witterings, hosted donkey rides and a coconut shy, while many took the opportunity to lie back in the deck chairs, making the most of the consistent sunshine.

The next fixtures at Goodwood Racecourse are the Midweek racedays, on Tuesday September 5 and Wednesday September 27 and bringing the curtain down on the season will be the Harvest, Hops and Horseracing fixture on Sunday 15 October. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.goodwood.com

Allied Powers enjoys retirement at Moorcroft

FORMER top Irish racehorse, Allied Powers, is having a happy retirement at the age of 12 at Moorcroft Racehorse Retraining Centre at Slinfold in West Sussex, after developing heart problems which curtailed his racing career.
Owners Ed Ware of chief executive of 32 Red, and David Fish, sought the best possible option for this talented horse when he left racing and has sent him to this top quality centre, where Allied Powers will enjoy the rest of his life.
Manager Mary Frances, who has outstanding experience in retraining ex-racehorses, said: “Allied Powers will be with us here for the remainder of his life and his heart is checked twice a year by top equine heart specialist Dr Lesley Young, who is based in Newmarket.”

Allied Powers enjoying long reining Photo:Mark Beaumont

Dr Young is able to travel with her top specification diagnostic equipment to anywhere in the UK and Ireland to investigate cardiac problems in horses.
Meawhile Allied Powers has stabilised since he arrived at Moorcroft, where he has expert care and stimulating new surroundings.
” He is quite a feisty horse and particularly likes being long-reined. He has stabilised since he arrived here and is enjoying life” said Mary. ” Long reining means he does not have the pressure of a rider on his back, and he enjoys the exercise which keeps him healthy and active.”

Mary Frances with Allied Powers

She added: “He will be with us at Moorcroft for the remainder of his life and he is now having a great time in his retirement from racing.”
Allied Powers was trained by Michael Bell during his racing career and won the Group Three Prix D’Hedouville at Longchamp and Group Two Grand Prix de Chantilly at Chantilly.
Bred in Ireland, his sire was Invincible Spirit.
He won his first race in 2008, a 12 furlong handicap at Pontefract racecourse in heavy ground, and followed up with victories at Chester and Newbury before going on to win the Kilkerran Cup at Ayr Racecourse.
The following year he won a Listed Race at his first attempt and then stepped up to Group Races.
As a five-year-old he won the Prix D’Hedouville, a Group 3 race at Longchamp under French champion jockey Ioritz Mendiabal. A month later at the same track, with the same jockey, he was an easy winner of the Group 2 Prix De Chantilly.
Meanwhile all other horses in Mary’s care at Moorcroft also benefit from individual attention. They are carefully retrained- and most are fortunate to go on to carefully chosen new homes once they have completed their retraining.
The centre has regular events throughout the year where visitors are able to see the good retraining work at close quarters in displays and demonstrations.
Moorcroft is now funded almostentirely through donations and, like the three other retraining centres elsewhere in the country,Moorcroft is now funded almost entirely through donations and, like the other three retraining centres elsewhere in the country, gets very little funding from Retraining of Racehorses charity, following a massive reduction on an amount they have had for years, since the charity has chosen instead to fund competitions for retrained racehorses.
Support for this local charity is vital to enable it to continue its outstanding work.
Please support one of the main fundraising events of the year, the 18th annual charity lunch and auction in aid of Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre at Plumpton Racecourse.
It takes place on Monday October 23 with a champagne reception at 11.30am, three course lunch with wine at 12 noon in the exclusive Plumpton Marquee overlooking the racecourse.
Racing personality Mike Cattermole will be persuading guests to bid for some outstanding lots offer and there will also be a silent auction plus an excellent afternoon of racing over jumps at Plumpton.
To buy tickets for this annual Moorcroft event contact Allison Blake at Plumpton Racecourse 01273 890383 or email allison@plumptoneacecourse.co.uk

Carl Hester fourth in European Championships

The final day of the dressage competition at the Longines FEI European Championships welcomed Great Britain’s Spencer Wilton and Carl Hester back to the arena.

With fifteen combinations coming forward to contest today’s event, both combinations produced fabulous tests in the Ullevi Stadium, to draw their 2017 European campaigns to a close.

Carl Hester warming up with Nip and Tuck
Photo courtesy of British Dressage

The conclusion of the Grand Prix Freestyle saw Germany’s Isabell Werth and Sönke Rothenberger once again take gold and silver after posting plus 90% scores, whilst Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour secured the bronze with 84.561%. Great Britain’s Carl Hester finished fourth with Spencer Wilton claiming 13th.

With Jen Goodman’s Super Nova II, Spencer Wilton was first to take to the arena for Great Britain, for only their second ever Grand Prix Freestyle test together. To the sounds of Adele and Justin Timberlake, the duo produced a superb test to see 75.443% awarded, for a huge new Personal Best.

Commenting afterwards Spencer said: “I’m really chuffed. He had a really tricky few moments outside with the noise – he’s never heard anything like this before. He’s so good; he’s hopefully gained some confidence here this week. You always want to do as well as you can, and I’m just taking this all as a huge positive.

“In the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special he understands the preparation for the movement, but today at times he just felt a bit lost. I’ve learnt a lot from this experience – and a lot about him as well. It’s going to give us a good boost for next year.”

Fourth last into the arena was Carl Hester with Jane de la Mare and his own Nip Tuck. With a difficult floorplan, Carl and Barney gave everything and produced a fantastic test to see a score of 80.614% confirmed.

“I’m pleased, but he was a little more difficult than I expected today,” said Carl. “I gave him an easy morning to make sure he wasn’t too tired but he was very excited! His scores have gone up all week and that’s very satisfying. We never thought he’d get this far but it’s testament to his temperament, he’s a worker. He finds it easy to do the difficult stuff, so time to work on a new freestyle – I know I can make it even harder!

The British senior teams are supported by the BEF’s UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme.

Harry Angel favourite for 32Red Sprint Cup

Harry Angel and Brando heads  32 contenders going forward for the £260,000 G1 32Red Sprint Cup over six furlongs at Haydock Park on Saturday, September 9.
Godolphin’s Harry Angel (Clive Cox) is the 6/4 favourite with 32Red Sport as he bids to follow up his commanding success in a vintage renewal of the G1 Darley July Cup over the same trip at Newmarket on July 15.
The three-year-old is already a winner at Haydock Park, having smashed the six-furlong course record in the G2 Armstrong Aggregates Sandy Lane Stakes in May, with a time of 1m 8.56s.

Harry Angel in action
Photo:courtesy of John Simpson

Progressive five-year-old Brando(Kevin Ryan, 11/2 with 32Red), arguably unlucky when a fast-finishing third in the July Cup, bagged his first G1 last time out with a smooth display in the Prix Maurice de Gheest over six and a half furlongs at Deauville on August 6.
Caravaggio (10/1), one of six going forward for Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien, defeated Harry Angel decisively in the six-furlong G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot but is on a retrieval mission following lesser efforts in the July Cup and Prix Maurice de Gheest.
Other star names among the confirmations include last year’s July Cup hero Limato(Henry Candy, 8/1) and G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes victor The Tin Man (James Fanshawe, 8/1), who was runner-up to Quiet Reflection (Karl Burke, 12/1) in this race last year.
Friday’s G1 Nunthorpe Stakes heroine Marsha (Sir Mark Prescott, 10/1) is also engaged, although her only success over six furlongs came in September, 2015.
G2 scorer Magical Memory (Charlie Hills, 11/1) came close to winning the 32Red Sprint Cup in 2015 when beaten narrowly by Twilight Son and Strath Burn.
The five-year-old has won two of his three starts since disappointing at Royal Ascot in June this year, notably the G3 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury in July, and was last seen out finishing fourth behind Brando at Deauville.
Sam Hoskins, racing manager for owner Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds, said: “Magical Memory is going well and the plan is to head straight to Haydock for the 32Red Sprint Cup.
“Andrea Atzeni got off him at Deauville and said the six and a half furlongs stretched him a bit.
“He had beaten Tupi before over six furlongs, although I am not sure he would have beaten Brando given the way he won that day.
“Magical Memory has run well in the Sprint Cup before and deserves to take his chance again. It is going to be a really good race with Harry Angel, Brando and the likes, but you never really know with these sprints.

“It is interesting that the handicapper has dropped him a couple of pounds to 110 because he is also in the Ayr Gold Cup. If he ran well at Haydock, we could back him up two weeks later at Ayr.

“In the past, we always thought he wanted really fast ground. I don’t think he wants it as soft as it was when he won at Newbury, but I don’t think he wants it rattling quick either. Good or good to soft ground would be lovely.”
The acceptors also include Magical Memory’s stablemate Battaash (10/1), winner of the G2 King George Stakes at Goodwood, and Godolphin’s Blue Point (Charlie Appleby, 10/1) who has not raced since taking third behind Caravaggio and Harry Angel at Royal Ascot.

Lightning Spear aims for repeat win

Last year’s winner Lightning Spear heads the confirmations for the Group 2 Grosvenor Sport Celebration Mile on Saturday 26 August at Goodwood Racecourse.

David Simcock’s six-year-old colt beat Zonderland, who was also one of 16 left in the race at the final confirmation stage, by a length and three quarters in 2016 and clearly acts well on Goodwood’s unique mile course, as he returned to form to finish a close third in the Qatar Sussex Stakes earlier this month. Alongside Beat The Bank, Lightning Spear  is currently 11/4 favourite with the new race sponsors.

Lightning Spear winning the 2016 Celebration Mile Photo: Harry Elliot

Beat The Bank is another with recent course and distance form, having won the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. Andrew Balding’s three-year-old will be tackling Group 2 company for the first time if he lines up on Saturday. Aidan O’Brien has left two horses in the race; Deauville, who was recently third in the Arlington Million in the USA and Lancaster Bomber, who finished sixth in the Qatar Sussex Stakes.

Thirty four horses have been entered for the Goodwood Revival Handicap earlier in the card on Saturday, with the race carrying total prize money of £100,000. The Group 3 Prestige Stakes has attracted 15 high class entries, with Qatar Goodwood Festival winner Billesdon Brook among the most eye-catching.

On Sunday, the Group 3 Weatherbys Racing Bank Supreme Stakes has received 25 entries, including Royal Ascot winner Bless Him and the highly rated Dutch Connection.

Commenting on the going, Seamus Buckley, Clerk of the Course, said; “The course has recovered well after the Qatar Goodwood Festival meeting and the ground staff have done a fantastic job of reinstating the surface. We’ve had 16mm of rain over the last 24 hours and I am describing the going as Good to Soft at present. The forecast is for a more settled, dry week, so I would anticipate starting the fixture on Good ground.”

Tickets to the August Bank Holiday Weekend start from just £10 per day, with under 18s going free. All of the additional entertainment and activities are free on entry. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.goodwood.com

Don’t miss Fontwell’s Ladies Evening

Ladies Evening at Fontwell Park racecourse returns tomorrow, Thursday August 24!

Back by popular demand, The Take That Experience will take to the stage to sing all your favourite hits!.Widely regarded as one of the leading events in the Sussex social calendar,  this Ladies Evening gives groups of girls and their friends the perfect excuse to get glammed-up and in the mood for a girls’ night out.

Plus you can win £1,000 cash PLUS a luxury hamper from House of Fraser Chichester in the famous best dressed lady competition.

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Buy your tickets now at https://tickets.fontwellpark.co.uk

RDA carriage driving day

Carriage Drivers from across the Riding for the Disabled’s South East Region were out in force for the annual show at Felbridge Show Ground, East Grinstead drawing competitors from across Surrey, Sussex and Kent who went head to head in the three disciplines of dressage, driving through a course of cones and showing. 

The day started with Tim Cook from Kipling County RDA (Chalvington, East Sussex) winning the Condition and Turnout with Smokie, while Lorraine Mercer from Heron’s Ghyll (Whitesmith, East Sussex) won the Assisted Whip Class driving Charlie. Sandra Spinner of Cherry Park RDA (Chichester, West Sussex) was brought in first for the Novice Whip driving Jim and the showing classes ended with the Open which was won by Ellen Chapman from Cherry Park RDA also driving Jim.

Jane Alan competing in the dressage Photo:  Amanda Jane Smith Photography

Prizes for the Showing were presented by Alan Culverhouse, Master Wheelwright of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights who were the day’s sponsors.

“As wheelwrights we’re interested in all things to do with mobility – and carriage driving definitely gives a freedom to these drivers who might not always feel it” he said. “Today has been very humbling and I’ve been so impressed by what these competitors have been able to achieve!”

In the dressage, Jim of Cherry Park scored a hat-trick with another win in the Novice being driven by Barbara Westbury while the Open went to Liz Jarvis driving Teddy of Woodchurch RDA (Ashford, Kent).

Barbara Westbury drives Jim from Cherry Park to first place in the Open Dressage
Photo Amanda Jane Smith Photography

Liz Jarvis of Woodchurch had her second win of the day with Teddy in the Novice Cones. In the Open Cones there was great excitement as Vianne Carr driving Lottie from Heron’s Ghyll pipped Beth Allsopp and Alan from Kipling County to first place.

Alan from Kipling County was judged as the day’s most ‘Workmanlike’ horse and won a special trophy that was donated by the Heron’s Ghyll group in memory of Gillian Maitland while David Botting from Stella Hancock RDA (Worplesdon, Surrey) driving ‘B’ won the Stanley Bellamy trophy for the highest place horse in the Open Driving. Heron’s Ghyll won the shield for the group winning most points for the second year running.

“My thanks have to go to the wonderful work of the teams behind the competitors, who are tireless in their time and support as well as our sponsors, The Worshipful Society of Wheelwrights” said the Show’s organiser, Carol Porter.

Results:  Class 1 Open Dressage- 1 Barbara Westbury and Jim ( Cherry Park); 2 Tracey Spencer and Nutmeng ( Heron’s Ghyll); 3 Vianne Carr with Lottie ( Heron’s Ghyll), 4 Karen Tritton and Nutmeg ( Heron’s Ghyll)

Class 1 Novice Dressage- 1 Liz Jarvis and Teddy ( Woodchurch); 2 Neil Simmons and Winston ( Woodchurch); 3 Liam Wright and George ( Woodchurch); 4 Mitz Baldock and Buttons ( Heron’s Ghyll)

Class 2 Condition and Turnout- 1 Tim Cook and Smokey ( Kopling Country); 2 Laura Marshall and Moses ( Stella Hancock).

Class 3 Assisted Whip Class- 1 Lorraine Mercer and  Charlie ( Heron’s Ghyll; 2 Mike Fowler and Eddie ( Stella Hancock); 3 Norman Watson and Misty ( Happy Landings); 4 Gordon Divall and Bertie Bassett ( Hderon’s Ghyll).

Novice Whip- 1 Sandra Spinner and Jim ( Cherry Park); 2 Shelley Redshaw and Charlie ( Heron’s Ghyll); 3 Gay Williams and Dennis ( Kipling County); 4 Lisa Disborough and Maisie ( Stella Hancock).

Class 5 Open Driving- 1 Ellen Chapman and Jim ( Cherry Park); 2 David Botting and ‘B’ ( Stella Hancock); 3 Linda Redmond and Tookie ( Stella Hancock).

Open Cone Driving Competition- 1 Vianne Carr and Lottie ( Heron’s Ghyll); 2 Beth Allsopp and Alan, Kipling County; 3 David Botting and ‘B’ ( Stella Hancock); 4 Tracey Spencer and Nutmeg ( Heron’s Ghyll).

Class 6 Novice Cone Driving- 1 Liz Jarvis and Teddy ( Woodchurch); 2 Trevor Edwards and Misty (Happy Landings); 3 Greg Cooper and Button ( Heron’s Ghyll);Joint 4, Gay Williams and Dennis ( Kipling County) and Mitz Baldock and Eddie ( Stella Hancock).

Little John Trophy for most workmanlike pony- Alan of Kipling County. Shield for group with most points- Heron’s Ghyll.