A West Sussex rider has won the NAF 2* Pony Five Star Final at the inaugural British Showjumping National Junior Academy Championships at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.
Kate Simmonds (14) of Pulborough partnered Toby Star, an 11 year-old grey gelding owned by Ruth Simmonds, to victory in this prestigious event, which once again was a great showcase for the successes achieved via the NAF Pony Five Star Performance Awards Programme.
The competition was divided into three sections; 1*, 2* and 3* and was marked on the capability of the rider and their influence on the performance of the pony.
The rider’s effectiveness, position, balance, feeling, timing, rhythm and impulsion to empower the pony to move and jump to the best of its ability was also judged and it was down to British Showjumping Coaches Hannah Jackson & Mia Palles-Clark to make the tough decision on who the eventual victors would be.
Riders were not only competing for the winners titles, but also for NAF rugs and goodie bags on offer.
Each section was made up of a pre-designed course which required a demonstration of flatwork movements as well as jumping a range of fences depending on the star level the rider had achieved on the NAF Pony Five Star Performance Awards Programme.
Kate won the NAF 2* Pony Five Star Final in fine style withToby Star, at this event, which is part of a programme designed to provide a series of progressive standards to assist pony riders with a focus for their training and improved performance in the ring alongside developing stable management skills.
Other winners at this highly competitive day were Evelyn Bond Smith (aged eight) from Bawdeswell, Norfolk in the NAF 1* Pony Five Star Finalon Clare Bond’s 13 year-old liver chestnut gelding Derrymore Lucky Lad; and Saskia Mohan (15) from Kirtlington, Oxfordshire, who won the NAF 3* :Pony Five Star Final on Rebecca Long’s six-year-old gelding Ballyert Cobalt.
For more information on the programme, please contact Laura Rolph on 02476 698812 or Laura.Rolph@britishshowjumping.co.uk.