Drew Walton takes the top Foxhunter place at Sparsholt pony premier


At Sparsholt College pony premier, Drew Walton, 15, headed the Squibb Group pony Foxhunter second round on the nine-year-old stallion Trevoulter Ladies Man.

Course-designer Matt Hoskins reduced the 39 starters to seven for the final jump-off, with Georgie Burchmore-Eames, 15, taking the second spot on the Irish 10-year-old Ron Burgundy, who was third in the HOYS pony newcomer and ninth in the pony Foxhunter final last year with Millie Dickinson.

Archie Ray, 14, will make his HOYS debut on the 13-year-old roan Tower Hamlets, current Blue Chip sapphire champion, after claiming the third qualifying place.

Shaunie Greig with MJ took fourth with the fastest four faults and Joe Fernyhough took fifth on Midnight Milly and qualify for the pony Foxhunter Masters at the National Championships, Stoneleigh.

Nicole Kershaw, 15, and the eight-year-old Miami Moonbeam topped the Blue Chip pony newcomer second round, taking advantage of their final draw to take the top HOYS ticket with the only treble clear. Holly Truelove, 12, joins her in the prestigious final on the seven-year-old Orchids Adventure, jumping a steady jump-off round to return on one time fault to claim the other qualifying ticket.

Flora Castle and Ashwey Patchwork Sparrow took third with the fastest four faults in the eight-pony jump-off, whittled down from 68 starters. Kiarra Hulme was fourth on Bombay and Anoushka Mauree on Westervelds Florin took fifth. These three gain another qualifying chance at Stoneleigh’s National Championships.

Madison Heath on the ultra-consistent Red Alert III – second at HOYS in 2015 – are aiming to go one better this year after taking the top HOYS 128cm second round ticket. Only three riders jumped double clear to contend the jump-off, so the HOYS places were already decided. But Madison, 11, wanted a win. She and the feisty 13-year-old mare Red Alert commanded the class from the off, setting an unbeatable standard in the opening draw, posting the only treble clear in the fastest time.

Iwan Carpenter took second on the 21-year-old, big-striding mare Brookhill Glimpse, finishing on four faults. Hannah Barker, 11, assured of qualification as one of only three double clears, opted to withdraw from the jump-off and took third with 18-year-old Ballybur Oh Jessie.

In the 138cm, 46 riders fought against the elements, dismissing the heavy rain to focus on HOYS qualification. Only five made it to the jump-off and three treble clears filled the three HOYS places. Scotland’s Shaunie Greig, 13, and the 11-year-old appaloosa mare Picatchu topped the class from the opening draw.

Izzy Rider, 14, on the experienced 23-year-old The Agent took second with Emma Cook, 14, joining them at HOYS in third on the 15-year-old Lennon Prince.

Disappointingly, no first round clear in the pony showjumper of the year could be found, and only the winner – Hallie Lunn, the sole four faulter on Javas Alun – took HOYS qualification.

As dictated by the rules, to be eligible for qualification, ponies must not exceed a total of four faults in the first round.

Georgia Blakemore and Toy Story III took second on five faults, and Flora Castle with Destavelars Misty was third.

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