Archie Ray, Jack Smith and Hannah Vincent are winners on the final day of the Blue Chip championship


On the final day of the Blue Chip championships 2016, Archie Ray made his first visit to the Blue Chip championships a winning one, taking the HorseQuest UK pony sapphire title on Tower Hamlets to record his biggest win.“He’s the easiest to do at home, but we found schooling quite hard and had to work on our flatwork,” said Archie, 14, who has ridden this 13-year-old for six months.Mayan Northway-Young took second on Bankside Saffron in the fast, 28-pony jump-off with Naomi Cottrell third on Ping Pong III.

Jack Smith and his very fast and very careful Monkey Munchkin claimed the HorseQuest UK coral championship by almost two sec.

“He loves to gallop and jump,” said Jack, 15, who only has one pony to compete and intends to enjoy his final year on ponies with this little superstar and have fun.

Ryan Lockwood on Nelly III took second with Abigail Dorset and Dark Aurora in third.

Hannah Vincent found the shortest route and quickest turns with Jabberwocky to take the Haygain Hay Steamers diamond final.

“He’s amazing, my horse of a lifetime,” said Hannah, who bought the 12-year-old as a six-month-old foal from a gypsy camp.

Hannah, 22, is very busy at home in Norfolk running a riding school – “I’ve got a waiting list,” she said.

Ten reached the jump-off and Julia Helm must have set out as favourite with three chances, but had to settle for second, third and fifth on Helms Tolu, Fritz Luke and Eros 2000.

And that’s it from the Blue Chip Championships for another year.

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