Emma Crawford doubles up at Weston Lawns
Emma Crawford enjoyed a fantastic show at Weston Lawns pony premier, heading both the pony showjumper of the year and the Squibb Group pony Foxhunter second round.
Seven reached the pony showjumper jump-off, but pressure took its toll and a clear could not be found. A mistake at the oxer two from home but in a fast time handed Emma and Stars Surprise the win.
The Irish-bred 13-year-old Stars Surprise stepped up to JA over the winter.
“He just keeps getting better,” said Emma, 16.
Robert Murphy took second on the scopey Rainbows Mocha.
“I thought the course was tough and big, there wasn’t any room for mistakes,” he said.
Georgia Taylor-Jones took third with Zambarra, who has easily stepped up to this level.
Emma claimed the Squibb Group Foxhunter second round on the super-scopey, uncomplicated Mullingar Bay.
“He’s super-easy, he can make up ground or adjust, he’s a pleasure to ride,” said Emma, who bought the Irish-bred eight-year-old from Steve Barnes.
Emma had up-graded him to JA last Wednesday to jump the Viewing Trials at Chepstow last week. And the pair headed the warm-up and a viewing trial class.
Robert Murphy was again second, easing Opto-Mist – who is owned by the Carpenter family – into a HOYS qualifying spot. Maia Andrews is also HOYS-bound after taking third on AKM Beech Comber.
Lottie Tutt commandingly claimed the Blue Chip pony newcomer second round with Derek Ricketts’ home-bred Argento/Dallas six-year-old mare Market Angel.
From a start-list of 115, only 11 reached the final round and clears were scarce until eighth-drawn Lottie.
“There weren’t any clears, but I took all the tight turns and put the pressure on,” said Lottie, who celebrates her 15th birthday next weekend.
A delighted Izzy Watson secured her HOYS finalist spot with the only other treble clear on the 11-year-old Glyceiriog Duke.
With a final flourish, last to go Lily Freeman-Attwood claimed the HOYS 138cm on the ever-green and ever-eager My Bugsy Malone.
“The track was quite technical, but I can usually rely on Bugsy to jump clear,” said Lily, who carefully selects shows for this 24-year-old.
“His last show was Pony of the Year, he knows his job and won’t jump another pony premier now he’s qualified.”
Iwan Carpenter, 12, took second with the only other jump-off clear in the six-strong jump-off. He was riding Little Boy De Carmen at their first ever show.
“My mom [Amanda] and granddad [John] help me at home, I just have to ride forward,” he said.
Tahnia Jordan-Jones and Oakhurst In The Spotlight took the third qualifying place.
Rosie Collins, 11, lifted the HOYS 128cm on Bradmore Mystique, a pony ridden for four years, starting in tiny tots.
Poppy Deakin, 9, will make her first visit to HOYS with Camizion, a pony bought in September, after taking second. Eloise Squibb, claimed third on Wyndham Tom Thumb to secure her spot in the HOYS final.
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