Nicole Pavitt from Crawley, West Sussex sealed the win in The Champagne Cave Winter Grades B & C Qualifier, which took place on Friday afternoon at Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre in Fareham, Hampshire.
One-third of the initial starting combinations jumped a clear first round to make it through to course designer Matthew Hoskins’ eight fence jump-off.
Only two combinations could produce a further clear to take home the two qualifying tickets up for grabs for the Championship Final which will be held at the prestigious Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead, West Sussex in July.
The fastest double clear came from Nicole Pavitt riding Sandra Pavitt’s Xena 16, a Warrior sired 9 year-old bay mare which Nicole has competed from a four year-old. Nicole navigated the fastest route in the jump-off crossing the finish line in 44.69 seconds.
Will Fletcher from Farringdon, Oxfordshire on his father Graham’s Drewmain Cedric were the only other combination to jump double clear. Will steered the 8 year-old British-bred chestnut gelding into second place in a time of 47.17 seconds.
Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre – Friday January 11 2019
The Champagne Cave Winter Grades B & C Qualifier Results
1st Nicole Pavitt & Xena 16 – 0/0 – 44.69 seconds
2nd William Fletcher & Drewmain Cedric – 0/0 – 47.17 seconds
Image: Nicole Pavitt & Xena 16 in action in The Champagne Cave Winter B&C Qualifier at Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre (Credit: Simply Event Photos)