Six stars of the future shared the top spot in the recent Prestige Italia Big Star Championship Qualifier at Hickstead out of 39 starters competing for a Championship Final place.
They included talented rider, David Simpson of Horsham, who tied for first place in the event.
The Prestige Italia Big Star Championship, formerly known as the National Six Year Old Championship, was renamed in 2017 in honour of Big Star, a previous winner of the National Six Year Old Championship who went on to win the Individual Gold medal at Rio 2016.
Results are based on clear rounds and the competing combinations do not jump against the clock, therefore all riders were aiming to achieve a treble clear to ensure a qualifying place for the Prestige Italia Big Star Championship Final which will be held during the British Showjumping National Championships at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire (August 6-11 2019).
Of the initial field of thirty-nine, twenty combinations jumped clear over course designer Jason Abbs’ eleven fence first round track. Twelve were then able to jump clear in the second round and six went on to jump that all-important third clear in the final round.
Alfie Bradstock from Wantage, Oxfordshire took through two rides with Gainsborough and Iburg whilst William Funnell from Dorking, Surrey added another Billy Stud horse to the mix with Billy Everest.
Ronnie Lee Jones from Dunmow, Essex takes forward Interstar B, winner of the Newcomers Second Round at Bicton last month. Local man David Simpson from Horsham, West Sussex also gained a spot in the final with I’m Special Too DHH.
Joao Charlesworth from Maidstone, Kent produced the sixth and final treble clear with Unbreakable Z.
Hickstead’s Prestige Italia Big Star Championship Qualifier Result
=1st Alfie Bradstock & Gainsborough
=1st Alfie Bradstock & Iburg
=1st David Simpson & I’m Special Too DHH
=1st Joao Charlesworth & Unbreakable Z
=1st Ronnie Lee Jones & Interstar B
=1st William Funnell & Billy Everest