Emily Notman posts a double at Rectory Farm


Emily Notman heeded her pony’s name and took a chance against the clock to score a double at Rectory Farm, winning the Blue Chip pony newcomers and Squibb Group Foxhunter on Take a Chance II.

Their first victory came in the newcomers, a quick time ensuring their top spot by 2.49 sec. Nancy Workman took second on Miserden Vixen with Ryan Lockwood and La Bella Ti Amo in third.

Win number two was also won by a generous margin, Emily and the 15-year-old Take a Chance – the only 138cm in the class – taking the pony Foxhunter by 2.29sec.

Olli Fletcher brought The Bobster into second with James Winter on Whitehawk Crosby in third.

Emily, 12, has just returned to competition after beng sidelined for eight weeks with an injury to her ankle, and began to accumulate points at the beginning of June towards the 138cm silver league and hope to qualify for the National Championships final at Stoneleigh. The consistent pair also gained recent results at Quainton and Cherwell, winning a Foxhunter and a newcomers.

The Irish-bred Take a Chance was purchased in May 2013 from Emily’s cousin after he had spent three years in the field as she couldn’t bear to sell her favourite pony. Emily spent 18 months jumping unaffiliated and pony club before beginning her British Showjumping career in December 2014. They have progressed from 80cm, stepping stones and discovery to Foxhunter and finished third in the POYS British Showjumping 138cm handicap special final.

Emily is now looking forward to next year, where she hopes to tackle the 138cm qualifiers for RIHS and HOYS.

Oscar Hobby topped the Haygain pony discovery with Springcroft Caliph, winning with over a sec in hand. Maddy Adamson was second with Saltare Hugo and Josie Symons took third on Gearran Tire.

Emily Pitman and Frilly Tilly headed the 80cm and Amy Williams claimed the pony British novice on Grey Mist. Leah Notman and Fieldside Morning Glory took second with Morgan Kent third on Angelina WC.

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