Mark Edwards and Emma-Jo Slater are winners on day two at the Blue Chip championships
In a fast and furious 27-strong jump-off, Mark Edwards emerged victorious in the Blue Chip Pro Challenge with Unbelievable Eddie on day two of the Blue Chip championships.
“He’s a super little horse, he wants to win as much as I do, I wish they all had his heart,” said Mark, who has been working on the Unbelievable Darco 10-year-old’s fitness for the past three months. It certainly paid off here!
Jay Halim – who had four through to the jump-off – finished second on Bart VI with Adrian Whiteway third with Anytime II.
And these three get a chance to win a £1,000 bonus on Friday, - on offer by Andrews Bowen surfaces to the top three Blue Chip Pro riders who go on to win the Grand Prix. It hasn't been done yet, but maybe 2016 is the year!
A Blue Chip specialist with many wins behind her, Emma-Jo Slater added another championship to her tally, winning the Blue Chip Karma performance on Kim Barzilay’s Je T’Aime Flamenco seven-year-old Kimba Flamenco.
“It’s the first time we’ve won this final and it’s extra special because he’s home-bred and out of Emma’s favourite mare Uttah van Het Indihof,” said Kim, “And it’s nice to win a bigger championship – I wanted to win this one.”
Jessica Baugh took second on the Guidam-Cavalier Royale eight-year-old Castlemitchell Princess and Nicola Barry was third with her Hickstead B and C finalist True Blue III.
A tanned Bethanie Knight has just returned from the Spanish sunshine tour, and immediately claimed the Joshua Jones Discovery championship on Kerry Grimster’s Renkum Valentino six-year-old Renkum Ruby Rouge.
“It was my first time abroad with the horses and I had an amazing time, it’s a different world,” said Bethanie, 18, who is based with Kerry and her husband Paul Kelly.
Emma-Jo Slater took second on Mick Fortune’s Renkum Valentino seven-year-old Cosmic Mojo and Julian Mincher was third on Red Ladette, a Cevin Z five-year-old mare.
With a final, brilliantly executed, angled turn, Milli Cornock nailed the Ariat Star championship on her Dutch-bred 10-year-old Bommel (Concorde/L’Ombre) to mark her first big championship win.
“He’s not the bravest, but he’s very orthodox,” said Milli, who has gained confidence herself with Adam Botham’s advice.
“He makes me ride forwards and not to pull, it’s made all the difference.”
Last to go Hollie Pearce claimed second on Ryan’s Hollie with third going to Lydia Norton and Painted Moon in the 30-strong jump-off.
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