Prestigious successes for SE RDA riders

Riding for the Disabled in the South East is celebrating the success of its wonderful riders and drivers who brought back numerous prizes and rosettes from the RDA National Championships, held long weekend in mid-July at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire.

Simply qualifying for the Championships is an amazing achievement but to prove yourself among the country’s best is quite remarkable.

It was the Carriage Drivers who set the standard on the first day, with Jack Marr of Bradbourne RDA (Sevenoaks, Kent) coming second in the Novice class, driving Disney.

Jack Marr of Bradbourne drives Disney into 2nd place at the National Championships Novice class seated next to Coach Debbie Tatton
Photo: Joanna Sale

He was less than a point behind the winner so it was an exciting start. Then Sandra Spinner of Cherry Park RDA (Chichester, West Sussex) won the Intermediate Class AND the Championship setting the bar even higher.

Next the riders with Zoe House of Fairlight Hall (Hastings, East Sussex) winning the senior class of the Countryside Challenge on Henna, while Rosie Turner, also of Fairlight Hall and riding Henna, came second in her Countryside Challenge class.

On Saturday, the juniors did not let the South East Down as Hannah Mohan of Quest RDA (Chobham, Surrey) rode her own Willow Fury’s Comet into first place in the dressage freestyle and an excellent fourth place in the Grade 1-6 class.

On Sunday, Sharon Kelsall from Cornilo RDA (Dover, Kent) came a creditable fourth in the senior dressage freestyle.

Sharon Kelsall. winner of the Dressage Grade 3 Championship
Photo: Joanna Sale

The Region also scored exceptionally in the Arts & Crafts competition with winners again for Fairlight Hall with Zoe House winning the Individual Sculpture as well as second in Paint me a Picture.

While the Group were second in the Group Sculpture and Sully Smith came third in the collage. Sandhurst Group’s Bagshot School, (Bagshot, Surrey) did well again for a second year running by winning the 50th Anniversary competition with its entry.

France wins Arundel jousting competition

Arundel Castle’s Medieval Jousting Week came to a finale on Sunday July 28 when France stole an unlikely victory from firm favourite Australia to take the Team Win trophy by three points.

Marie Baron and Luc Petillot, representing France, were declared victors for the first time ever at Arundel following ten years of near misses.

The jousting world champion, Australia’s Philip Leitch, took the individual trophy, the Order of Arundel, with Baron hot on his heels just four points behind.

Not all was lost for the home team: England’s Mike Collin came away with the Skill at Arms trophy, while his England team mate Zac Evans was named the most chivalrous competitor.

Arundel Castle jousting winner 2019   Photo: Clare Seaman

A new Skill at Arms trophy, the Squire Award, went to Sweden’s Åsa Cidh.

It  was the longest jousting tournament in the world and a true international sporting contest,  and organiser Stacy Van Dolah Evans said it was “the highest level of jousting” he had ever experienced.

Arundel Castle will host four events in August including Living History Day on Augut 6, Shakespeare’s The Tempest on August16 and 17, Family History Weekend on the 17 and 18, and 12,000 Years of Combat on the 24-26.

For more information, please visit www.arundelcastle.org.

 

 

 

David Will wins Hickstead’s King George V Gold Cup

David Will lifted the Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead, becoming the first German rider to win the trophy since Holger Wulschner in 2008.

Will, 31, was aiming to ride one of his other international horses in today’s Grand Prix, but ended up having to change plans and compete his new ride, the nine-year-old Holsteiner Never Walk Alone, instead – a decision that certainly paid off when he finished top of a five-strong jump-off.

“It’s actually only our fourth show together, we did one show in Poland two weeks ago and won the Grand Prix there,” said David. “The horse I’d planned to ride was a little bit sick and had a bit of a temperature on the first day. She’s recovered, but we thought it would be better not to jump her, so we thought we’d give it a shot with Never Walk Alone and it turned out to be great! I thought he jumped both rounds exceptionally good. He was really, really fighting.”

David in winning form at Hickstead
Photo: Julian Portch

The Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup is one of the most coveted Grands Prix in the world. First held held in 1911, it has since been won by many of the sport’s biggest names.

“It’s something very special to be on the trophy forever. I couldn’t be happier. As we know, it’s a very special arena – a horse has to really be brave and try his best, and mine couldn’t have been better.”

Asked if he was a Liverpool fan, given his winning horse’s name, he said: “I’m certainly a Liverpool fan now! They have a German manager in Jurgen Klopp, so now we’re following them a bit more in Germany too.”

Olympic silver medallist Peder Fredricson (SWE) was first to ride against the clock, setting a time of 45.28sec with Zacramento, before David shaved more than a second off his time to take the lead.

“Of course I’d like to have my name on the trophy, but we had a great week and I’m really happy with how my horse jumped,” said Peder, who was part of Friday’s winning Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ team but had to settle for the runner-up spot today.

Swedish rider Fredrik Jonsson (Cold Play) and Brazil’s Luiz de Azevedo Filho (Chachito) both produced double clears but neither could catch David’s time.

Ireland’s Michael Duffy came closest after finishing in the second fastest time on Mullaghdrin Touch The Stars, but unfortunately he was later eliminated under FEI blood rules, and dropped to fifth place.

No British rider has won the Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup since Ben Maher in 2013, and today none of the home contenders made it through to the jump-off. Guy Williams (Rouge De Ravel) and Amy Inglis (Wishes) came closest, with just four faults apiece.

Shortly before the King George, Tripple X III – the horse who took Britain’s Ben Maher to Olympic team gold at London 2012 – was officially retired. The last time Ben rode Tripple X III was in 2013 when he won the Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup here, and today the crowd gave the horse a standing ovation as he returned to the scene of one of his biggest wins.

Tiffany Foster, who has competed the horse at the top level for the past six years, was also there to say farewell to the 17-year-old black stallion. Tripple X III was ridden into the arena by Ben, before the horse’s saddle was removed and he was led out of the arena by Tiffany.

In the morning, young talents were on show in the Old Lodge International 7&8 Year Old Championship, with the spoils going to Brazil’s Thiago Ribas Da Costa

His win came courtesy of seven-year-old Mano Negra Van De Bucxtale, who often saves his best for last. “He always jumps his best on the last day, and he’s got some really good results,” says Thiago, who has been based in the Netherlands for the last four years and was making his first ever visit to Hickstead. To compete at the home of British showjumping, and even better to win here, was the realisation of a longheld ambition. “It’s unbelievable – it was my dream, one day, to be here,” added the emotional rider.

The Longines Royal International Horse Show finished ended, bringing six days of competition to a close. The next fixture to take place at Hickstead is the Hurst College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships (Thursday 1 August), followed by the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships (29 August to 1 September). Admission to both events is free to spectators.

 

 

Rock ‘n’ Horsepower presents the Golden Stone Years

Rock ‘n’ Horsepower presents the Golden Stone Years- a tribute to Brian Jones on Saturday August 17 at Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Surrey.
The event will support The David Lynch Foundation UK. It will offer all the excitement and spectacle of polo, the chance to eyeball a jaw dropping array of high-performance super cars and a star-studded concert featuring a tribute to the late Brian Jones – ‘The
Golden Stone’ – to commemorate 50 years since his untimely passing.

Rock’N’Horsepower

Tickets priced from £60+b/f are available from EventBrite
Gates open at 12pm. Polo to start at 2pm followed by the concert at 4pm. Finish time for the event is 10.30pm.
A statement about the event said: “The music Brian Jones created has touched our global community and continues to be passed from one music lover to another, regardless of age, race or mind-set .
“This one-day celebration of the Brian Jones legacy is designed to welcome and entertain all. This music-based, cross generational day out will be hosted by Donovan
and his wife Linda Leitch, with Kenney and Jayne Jones, and will be attended by family, friends, and Brian’s musical peers.

The late Brian Jones

“As Brian’s family we waited for the right timing to celebrate his musical genius and now, with the huge support of Kenney and Jayne Jones, this is the year! Join my wife Linda, Brian and Linda’s grandson Joolz Jones, and me for an All Star Tribute to the undisputed Maestro who innovated the way modern roots rock music is played and
performed. See you all there!”  said Donovan, Linda and Joolz Jones.
Donovan and Hurtwood Park owner Kenney Jones, formerly of The Who and The Small Faces, have enlisted music director, Mike Stevens, and the ELO band to back up their special guest performers. The announced line- up includes Donovan, Kenney Jones & the Jones Gang, The Stranglers, The Waterboys, Glen Matlock & the Tough
Cookies featuring Earl Slick, Steve Harley (Cockney Rebel), Jonny Kaplan and the Lazy Stars, Lola Lennox, Joolz Jones (Brian Jones’ grandson), London Contemporary Voices Choir, DJ Milf of EMF, Stephanie Rainey, MC Liz Kershaw plus surprise guest appearances.

Sweden claims historic first Hickstead victory

The Swedish team swept to a definitive victory in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain, winning the Edward Prince of Wales Trophy for the first time.

With team members Fredrik Jonsson (Cold Play), Angelie von Essen (Luikan Q) and Peder Fredricon (Zacramento) producing three clear rounds in the first round, fourth team member Rolf-Goran Bengtsson didn’t even have to jump on Oak’s Grove Carlyle.

In the second round, Fredrik had just one fence down, while Angelie and Peder produced double clears to secure victory for the Swedes.

Reigning champions Ireland had been hoping to retain the trophy they won 12 months ago, but they had to settle for runner-up spot with a team total of eight faults. Italy claimed third with 10 faults, ahead of Belgium in fourth (16) and the USA in fifth (20), while Brazil and Germany shared sixth equal on 20 faults.

Victorious Swedish team
Photo: Nigel Goddard

Swedish chef d’equipe Henrik Ancarcrona reflected on the current strength and depth of his nation. “We’ve got super-strong jockeys here – Rolf-Goran Bengtsson is one of the best riders in the world and we didn’t even have to put him in,” he said. “A lot of my work is about planning for Tokyo already, so of course I’m always planning for that – the more combinations I can build up, the more I’ll have to choose from next year.”

Angelie von Essen was one of seven riders to share the €50,000 bonus for jumping double clear. “The horse is absolutely amazing. I wanted it so badly for the horse to do a double clear, because he’s been so close so many times, and it worked. I love to come to Hickstead and it feels a little bit like home,” said the rider, who is based in Cheshire.

Olympic silver medallist Peder Fredricson added: “I really enjoy coming here; it’s always an extra-nice feeling to ride in an big grass arena. In a place like this that’s so historical, and to see this trophy with the Swedish name on it, makes me really proud,” he said. “You always feel pressure riding a Nations Cup, but that’s why it’s such a great feeling,” added the current world number two.

British hopes of a first home victory since 2010 were dashed from the outset, when pathfinder Amanda Derbyshire and Roulette BH had a fall at the water. Both were taken off for assessment.

Olympic gold medallist Ben Maher was the best of the Brits, producing a double clear with the consistent Tic Tac.

Amanda has otherwise been having a superb show at Hickstead, having clocked up her second win in as many days with the talented Oasis Dream, who took the top prize in the Bunn Leisure International Stakes.

Guy Williams claimed the second qualifier for Sunday’s Old Lodge International 7&8 Year Old championship, riding Chilli.

UAE team wins British Ladies Polo Championships

A total of eleven teams entered the British Ladies Polo Championships at Cowdray Park, running concurrently with the final phase of the King Power Gold Cup, writes Liz Higgins .

Six teams were eligible for the 18 goal British Ladies Open Championship and five were entered into the 12 goal British Ladies Handicap Championship.

 The 18 goal British Ladies Open Championship concluded with HH Sheika Maitha al Maktoum’s UAE team and Lila Pearson’s Cowdray Vikings reaching the final.  Playing alongside Sheikha Maitha were Milly Hine (5 goals) at 2, Hazel Jackson (9 goals) at 3 and Catalina Lavinia (0 goals) at Back. 

Hannah Parry-Jones (3 goals) took the number 1 position for Cowdray Vikings with Lila Pearson (2 goals) at 2, Lottie Lamacraft (6 goals) at 3, and Sarah Wiseman (7 goals) at Back.

 First mark on the scoreboard came from Sarah Wiseman for Cowdray Vikings.    A whistle brought a free hit for Cowdray; Wiseman tapped the ball on but Millie Hine pounced on it giving Hazel Jackson the chance to charge forward and equalize as the chukka bell sounded. 

In a pacey second chukka, there was plenty of action but little in the way of goals, Millie Hine finally seeing the ball between the posts to take UAE 2-1 ahead at half time.

British Ladies Open Polo Winners, UAE
Photo: Mark Beaumont

 Catalina Lavinia raced away to score for UAE in the first minute of the second half.  Hazel Jackson put UAE  4-1 ahead by the close of the third chukka.  In the final chukka, Hine kept up the pressure on Sarah Wiseman who found it difficult to play her usual strong game. A 30 yard penalty awarded to UAE enabled Sheikha Maitha to increase her side’s score to 5-1 and a lovely run to goal by Hazel Jackson gave UAE a final score of 6-1.

Action in the British Ladies Open Championship: Photo Mark Beaumont

 Mrs Diana Wiseman presented the winners’ silver salver to Sheikha Maitha and prizes of luxury leather bags generously sponsored by Aspinal of London to the players. Kala owned and played by Hazel Jackson was awarded the Best Playing Pony prize and her pony Farsons picked up the RoR award for best re-trained racehorse.  The prize for Best Horsemanship, presented by Aurora Eastwood, went to Lottie Lamacraft.

In the 12 goal British Ladies Handicap Championship Final, Coombe Place met Carlton House.  Coombe Place had a half-goal advantage on the scoreboard to start the match.The first half ended with Carlton House ahead 3-1½ . 

Fortunes changed in the second half with Lamacraft making a great field goal and another from Waechter taking Coombe Place into a half goal lead of 3½-3.  Try as they might Carlton House could not pull back and a lovely third goal from Lottie Lamacraft gave the victory to Coombe Place on 4½-3.

British Ladies Polo Handicap event- both teams. Photo Mark Beaumont

 Sehr Ahmad presented the prizes generously sponsored by Aspinal of London, the Best Playing Pony of the match was judged to be Yonkie owned and played by Stephanie Haverhals who also picked up the prize for Best Horsemanship presented by Aurora Eastwood.

Sussex rider’s Hickstead win after recovery from injury

Brighton-based showjumper Leesa Long made an amazing recovery from injury to win at Hickstead on Thursday.

“It means a lot” said Brighton-based Leesa, who took top prize in the Harcour Hickstead Amateur Championship at the Longines Royal International Horse Show, riding Saber.

Though a much-coveted win in the venue’s iconic main arena is always a special occasion, for Long, it holds extra gravitas: the thought of riding in it once again has been her primary motivator throughout an intense bout of physiotherapy, following a serious riding accident at the beginning of the year.

“I broke my ankle pretty badly in January when I landed on my feet falling off a horse,” she explained.

“I was told I wouldn’t ride for nine months, and I had to have an external fixation.”

Her injury came four years after another ankle injury in eerily similar circumstances left her battling for the full use of her foot.

“They said this was the worse break, because it crushed eleven bones, but that one damaged the nerves and paralysed part of my foot,” she said. “Since I’ve been back the hardest thing has been that that old injury hurts more – I guess I’d been protecting it, which I can’t do now. When it starts hurting I can hardly walk, but I’m getting stronger all the time.”

In both cases, Long’s rehabilitation included stints at Oaksey House, the innovative physiotherapy centre spearheaded by the Injured Jockeys Fund.

Leesa Long and after their victory
Photo: Emily Gailey

“I wasn’t sure I’d ever walk again – I was non-weight bearing for four months and because of the paralysis, I had to relearn how to take every step. But I’d been told it’d be a year before I rode again, and it was only nine months,” she said.

“I went to Oaksey again this time, and they gave me loads of exercises to do. Then I came to Hickstead to see Johnny Harrison [whose practice overlooks the arena], and I sat there looking out at the arena thinking, ‘I’m dying to ride out there again.’ I just really hoped I could get the all-clear and ride at this show.”

Hard work and ineffable grit – “my husband is an ex-jockey, so I don’t get much sympathy at home!” – meant that Long was able to make her return to the show ring at Pyecombe at the beginning of the month. Her placings snowballed, and suddenly, she found herself qualified to ride in the main arena at Hickstead once again – on three horses.

“I had to choose one, and Saber loves this main ring and has won a few times here, so it had to be him,” she explains. “He hadn’t jumped for nine months – he had the time off with me, and he’s only jumped at one show before this, but he’s one of the best horses I’ve ever had, and we’ve been together for ten years.”

The Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead in West Sussex ends on  July 28, amd features international showjumping being held alongside championship showing classes and national jumping competitions. The feature class of the show is the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain on Friday 26 July, in which the British showjumping team will be competing for honours.

For full results and further information on the show visit www.hickstead.co.uk

 

RDA carriage drivers overcome summer show heat

Riding for the Disabled’s carriage drivers from across the South East Region were out in force last week at its annual summer show.

Held at Hadlow College, Tonbridge and sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights, it drew 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 a clean sweep for Kipling County Group (Chalvington, East Sussex) and pony Prince who helped Josie Cyster win the Condition and Turnout and Russell Barton-Potter win the Assisted Whip Class.

Amanda Harding of Happy Landings with her rosette for excellent cones work Photo: Joanna Sale

Lisa Disborough from Stella Hancock Group (Worpleston, Surrey) was brought in first for the Novice Whip for the second year running, this time driving Mario and pushing Andrew Norman of Cobbes Meadow (Chartham, Kent) into second place.

For the first time this year, there was a Junior section which was won by 10 year old Harley Walker driving Pumpkin who pipped Ellen Tribley with Ted into second. Both were from Alkham Valley RDA (Dover, Kent).

Alkham Valley’s Harley Walker won the showing class  and is pictured with James of Wheelrights  Photo: Joanna Sale

The day started with a clean sweep for Kipling County Group (Chalvington, East Sussex) and pony Prince who helped Josie Cyster win the Condition and Turnout and Russell Barton-Potter win the Assisted Whip Class. Lisa Disborough from Stella Hancock Group (Worpleston, Surrey) was brought in first for the Novice Whip for the second year running, this time driving Mario and pushing Andrew Norman of Cobbes Meadow (Chartham, Kent) into second place. For the first time this year, there was a Junior section which was won by 10 year old Harley Walker driving Pumpkin who pipped Ellen Tribley with Ted into second. Both were from Alkham Valley RDA (Dover, Kent).

The showing classes ended with the Open which was won by Sarah Pain driving Eddie from the Stella Hancock Group, while Duke from Cobbes Meadow snatched another second, this time with Pat Hammond driving.

Andrew Norwood of Cobbes Meadow works hard driving Duke in the cones: Photo Joanna Sale

Prizes were presented by James Tucker, Master Wheelwright, who said “As Wheelwrights we’re really pleased to be able to put our charitable funds to good use in providing a bit more mobility – and carriage driving definitely gives a freedom to these drivers who might not always feel it. Today has been very enlightening and I’ve been so impressed by what these competitors have been able to achieve!”

In the dressage, Jackie Fuller of Heron’s Ghyll won the Novice while Prince had to settle for second place this time with Gay Williams driving. The Open class was won by Woodchurch’s Neil Simmons driving Teddy, who pipped his team mate, Liz Jarvis into second place, also driving Teddy.

Judge Sara Howe congratulates Lisa Disborough of Stella Hancock as winner of the Showing Class with Helen Pritchard as whip. Photo: Joanna Sale

Young and older went head-to-head in the Novice cones with Timmy Brown of Kipling County claiming first place from young Harley Walker of Alkham Valley, while in the Open cones, Karen Tritton of Heron’s Ghyll (Whitesmith, East Sussex) held onto first by the narrowest of margins from Laura Marshall of Kipling County.

There were a number of other awards made during the day, most notably Andrew Norman of Cobbes Meadow for Best Driver with a Bar, Norman Watson of Happy Landings (Dunsfold, West Sussex) for the Judges’ Award and Woodchurch who won the shield for the group winning the most points throughout the day.

“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, Miranda Purves.

Laura and Greatfull win at Hickstead

Olympic gold medallist Laura Kraut took the main class at Hickstead, winning the Champagne Cave Winter Grades B & C Championship with Greatfull.

It was a second win in the Longines International Arena for the eight-year-old grey mare, who claimed the Old Lodge International 7&8 Year Old Championship here 12 months ago.

The pair came out on top of the 11-strong jump-off against the clock, making the most of a late draw to shave more than 1sec off the leading time set by eventual runner-up Jake Saywell (Lukas Van De Kievitsdrisen).

Laura Kraut and Greatfull
Photo copyright Emily Gailey

Greatfull is owner by Margaret Duprey of Cherry Knole Farm, who also owns Laura’s former Olympic horse Cedric.

“Today she was actually better than last year, which is always good to know, that she’s grown up a little bit in the year. Maybe next year she’ll get to jump in the five-star,” said Laura.

“When you ride a horse like that, it is easy. She doesn’t want to knock the poles down and she’s fast. She really loves it out on that arena – you never know how they’ll cope in a ring like that.”

As well as being part of the USA squad for Friday’s Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup leg, Laura also has an important competition coming up at Hickstead – she’ll be racing in the #10forTim charity run, held on Saturday night.

Laura wasn’t the only rider to make a winning return to the Longines Royal International, with Izabella Rogers winning the Equestrizone Winter 128cm Championship on Whinney Lass, and Shaunie Greig taking the Oakley Coachbuilders Winter Grade JC Championship on Teagan Arla Rose, both for the second year in a row.

Tabitha Kyle, fresh from winning a team bronze medal in the Children on Horses European Championships, also had a winning day at Hickstead when claiming the Hooper Family Winter 138cm Championship with Playboy van de Zoetewi.

Harry Bateman took an early victory in the Longines International Arena, winning the SEIB Winter Novice Championship with Lex Lokoda.

Several showing championships took place at Hickstead, with the Shapley’s Pure Bred Ridden Arabian Championship going to Clare Fitch and Mirv for the second year in a row.

Annabel Drake and Tyan Ma’Lady won the Ponies (UK) Young Riders M & M Championship, while Morgan Ross and Carnsdale Cover Story took centre stage in the Leeman Family Supreme Show Hunter Pony Championship. 

The international classes begin with the Bunn Leisure Vase and the Bunn Leisure Trophy, while the feature class of the day is the MS Amlin Eventers’ Challenge. Tickets are available online from www.hickstead.co.uk or at the gate, and the action will also be streamed live on ClipMyHorse.TV and Hickstead.TV.

William Funnell wins at Hartpury

William Funnell claimed victory in the Hartpury Equine Area Trial with the only double clear from the 33 runner field. Hartpury has proved to be a happy hunting ground for the Surrey-based rider, proven once again with a host of wins and placings during this show.

The imposing chestnut jumped faultlessly in the first round, with William opting for a steadier clear in the jump-off having witnessed the numerous four-fault rounds of others. A time of 53.15 seconds in the jump-off was still the third quickest of those who made it through, although Billy Diamo’s bold jumping style secured the £1000 first prize.

Area Trial Winner – William Funnell  and Billy Diamo  securing £1,000 first prize with the only double clear      Photo: Top Shots Photography

Then Joseph Fernyhough and Calcourt Quicktime lived up to their name with a quick jump-off time of 50.60 seconds, almost matched by Benjamin Bick and Galerius who shaved yards off every turn to stop the clock in 50.92 seconds. Both four fault rounds finished in second and third respectively.

Lauren Edwards and Ella Sandra G followed up a good performance at Keysoe a few weeks ago with a fourth placing here, finishing on four faults in a time of 53.97 seconds. Alex Thompson and Cathalina V (54.55 seconds) and Kathryn Ellison and Bayjing (58.49 seconds) finished in fifth and sixth respectively. 

William Funnell’s other ride Billy Angelette couldn’t follow up on Friday’s 1.30m Open result having a rail down in the first round.

Joe Fernyhough and Calcourt Quicktime who finished second Photo: Top Shots Photography

Last year’s winner Greg Hill and Big Ben VI also had an unfortunate rail down in the first round, preventing them from being able to offer up a repeat performance.

Lizzel Winter, who heads up Hartpury’s Equine Academy jumped in her first Area Trial on board Fernhill Quality Street.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Helen Rees and Bart IV picked up a superb victory in the National 1.30m Open with a double clear and a time of 29.44 seconds. Hartpury Equine Academy’s Abbie Summers continued a run of flying form with a third placing aboard Quantas II in a jump-off time of 32.94 seconds. Stephen Morgan Jenkins and Vivamunde Z finished in second place with a jump-off time of 31.71 seconds.

William Funnell’s mounts Emmylou and Billy Kat almost repeated their Friday performances in the same class with double clears and jump-off times of 32.94 seconds and 33.07 seconds respectively, having them collect fourth and fifth place prize money.

Mark Edwards enjoyed a one-two in the Nupafeed Supplements Senior Discovery First Round with a win onboard Montreuxs Tinker. A double clear and jump-off time of 34.19 seconds was good enough to fend off the 36.87-second jump-off time of Montreuxs Lass.

Sunday saw Adam Ellery take victory in the Nupafeeds Supplements Discovery Second Round onboard Bonmahon Blue Shaker. Taking more than two seconds off his nearest rival with a jump-off time of 34.86 seconds, Adam rounded off a successful week leaving Marcella Marie Johnstone and Killea Storm in second (37.47 seconds).

Young horse talent was also on show during the final day of the show. In the Breeders Elite Studbook 4 Year Old Final, Staffordshire-based Derek Morton took top honours with Science Supplements BP KO JAX. In the Breeders Elite Studbook 5 Year Old Final, Simon Crippen took the £260 first prize with Paddington 192 while Nick Edwards capped off a great week with victory in the Breeders Elite Studbook 6 Year Old Final aboard Idodinus PP.

“We are thrilled to have enjoyed such a great four days” said Philip Cheetham, Equine Director.

“The extra day has allowed us to add a greater variety of classes across the board and the addition of a Discovery Second Round was very well received by competitors. We’ve seen top international competitors like Will Funnell doing what they do best and also enjoyed a number of solid performances from Hartpury’s Equine Academy students” he added.

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