All roads led to Bicton for pony riders chasing HOYS qualifiers, and for an elite few, their dreams were realised.
Megan Taylor enjoyed a bumper weekend, heading the Squibb Group pony Foxhunter second round and taking the second in the Blue Chip pony newcomer second round with Chris Colclough and Fiona Wingrove's Novella II to claim two HOYS places.
This nine-year-old mare by Numero Uno also won a pony Foxhunter first round at this show. She was initially produced by Kristy Colclough with Megan taking over in February and claiming Hickstead JC qualification at their first show.
Nicole Kershaw and the eight-year-old Miami Moonbeam took second in the pony Foxhunter and they too now have two HOYS finals to target. The pair headed the pony newcomer second round at Sparsholt just two weeks ago.
Shaunie Greig on the Irish 12-year-old MJ – who were fourth at Sparsholt – went one place higher to claim the third qualifying place. Joe Fernyhough just missed out in fourth on Midnight Milly with Ward Ottley and Kissemmie Chatterbox in fifth.
A delighted Maia Andrews topped the Blue Chip pony newcomer second round on AKM Beech Comber. It was close. From a field of 84 with 16 in the jump-off chasing the two HOYS tickets, Maia and Beech Comber beat Megan and Novella by just 0.01 sec.
Kiarra Hulme and the consistent Bombay III took third with Lottie Tutt in fourth on Kanclaudius and Alana Hood fifth on Miami Sandman.
And Megan also took victory in the pony Brightstar qualifier on La Muzie with Hannah Bishop in second on Rainbow Rineen.
Fraser Reed topped the pony showjumper of the year qualifier on the 15-year-old Belgian-bred mare Quilitymaes Z. Bobbie Heath claimed second on the 16-year-old Air Flow with Amy Barrett and Munsboro Silver Lining in third.
Just missing out on HOYS qualification in fourth was Georgia Taylor-Jones and Kingstown Rebel with Joe Fernyhough and Wildwood Silver in fifth.
Claudia Moore excelled in the HOYS 128cm, taking the top two places with Pringle and Peppino Il Grande to qualify her two ponies in one fell swoop. Job done! Claudia was third in the final last year on Peppino and took 12th with Pringle. With another 12 months experience behind her, this year she’s out to win.
Isabella Snowden took the third qualifying spot on Penchwintan Glynle.
Niamh OKeeffe was fourth on My Little Tinker with Tom Francis-Jones fifth on Major Jack II.
Already a winner inday one’s 138cm, Tahnia Jordan-Jones and Thyme Flies outpaced all rivals to take the HOYS Stable Company 138cm in fine style, and the 14-year-old Thyme Flies – Aero to his friends – didn’t go unrewarded in the hot weather. He enjoyed an ice-cream after his win from a delighted Tahnia.
Izzy Ryder – second at Sparsholt – again took second on the veteran 23-year-old The Agent with Mya Roxburgh Caira in third on Paddy’s Pet II. Tegan Rowlands – second in the HOYS final last year – took fourth on Grey Palace and will now contend HOYS for the third consecutive year.
Kallum Fletcher doubled up in the children-on-horses classes, posting two wins on the ultra-consistent Disco III, a 10-year-old by Ublesco who also won at POYS.
Second on day one, India Sime and Ballinteskin Bankers Hill headed the other children-on-horses competition. India also topped the pony 1.10m on Dalsown Henry and took second in the 1.05/1.25m – won by Oliver Tuff on Spot The Star II.
Faye Sutton headed the 1.20m on Robe Ruadh with Georgie Burchmore Eames in second on Ron Burgundy.
Megan Trott claimed four wins, scoring a hat-trick on Annandale Moonflett with 80cm, 90cm and discovery wins, and also taking victory in a pony newcomer on Romanno Mayflower.
Kelly Wecke and Smudge took second to Megan in one 80cm class, but registered two of her own victories later. Smudge topped an 80cm and 90cm, with Kelly also taking second in the latter on Merlin XVII.
Holly Rowsell doubled up with wins in the 1.05m on My Little Lady and the 1m with Itzy Bitzy III.
Rachel Proudley won the 128cm on day one, and Oscar Hobby topped the Graham Heath 128/138cm handicap on Sweet Delight with Eloise Squibb in second on Wyndham Tom Thumb.
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