Chelsea Skelton doubles up and Jane Annett takes four wins at Arena UK


At Arena UK at the weekend, Chelsea Skelton notched up a double on the final day. She rode Judith Witham’s Balou Du Rouet Z 10-year-old Millfield Baloney into the 1.40m top spot ahead of Graham Lovegrove on Russ Underwood’s German-bred Casall stallion Casparall.

Chelsea’s second win came in the 1.30m with the Dutch-bred nine-year-old Caramba, her Hickstead B and C reigning champion. Paul Barker on Happy Boy took second ahead of Beth Vernon and Omane Des Faux.

Chelsea was on form. She took second and third in day one’s 1.30m on Caramba and Baloney, only denied a win by Joss Williams and the ultra-consistent mare Culmore Prospect (pictured above). Joss also topped the discovery on the Irish-bred Lux Z/Chairlift 12-year-old Urlanmore Lux.

Fourth in day one’s 1.30m on the Harlequin Du Carel nine-year-old mare Pallas Masterclass (pictured), Jane Annett improved in the other 1.40m with a one-two, Pallas Masterclass heading the class ahead of second ride, the Clover Echo/Cruising 10-year-old mare Nonstop III. Chelsea and Millfield Baloney claimed third ahead of Graham Lovegrove (Casparall) in fourth. Jane enjoyed a great show, also heading a two 1.20m classes on the eight-year-old mare Sligo Hermes Touch and a Foxhunter with the Pacino six-year-old My Cino.

William Whitaker topped the other 1.30m with the Baloubet Du Rouet/Grannus 11-year-old Balibu, pushing Beth Vernon and the French-bred 14-year-old Omane Des Faux into second. Dan Moseley took third on Dakota S.

Katie Benbow scored a hat-trick on the 10-year-old mare Ruby St Loise, taking two Dodson and Horrell 95cm amateur classes and a 1m open.

Holly Wybergh and the British-bred Luidam/N-Aldato 10-year-old Luidams Girl topped two 1.15m classes and Joanne Burns-Firth took a 1m open and the Dodson and Horrell 1.05m amateur with Miss Sixpence.

Kate Lewis was another double winner, taking the Dodson and Horrell 1.05m amateur on the Vanoverbeedk nine-year-old Vileva II and the 1.10m on the 16-year-old pony The Dark Emporer.

Sophie Corney claimed the top two in the Dodson and Horrell 95cm amateur on the 18-year-old German-bred mare Lapaloma and the stanhopes Diddicoy 16-year-old Stanhopes Good Friday and also won the 90cm with Ocean Breeze II, a 20-year-old mare.

Rosie Gunn and the Arezzo VDL/C Indoctro II five-year-old Jagerbomb, who have just returned from a successful Spanish sunshine tour where they claimed several wins, headed two newcomer classes.

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