Lottie Tutt is HOYS bound on Kanclaudius

Lottie Tutt topped the Blue Chip pony newcomer second round in fine style at Cherwell Competition Centre to register Helen Tredwell’s Kanclaudius for the HOYS final at the NEC, Birmingham, in October.

Of the 56 contenders initially chasing the two coveted HOYS qualifiers, only 13 provided first round clears, and these were further whittled down to three for the final jump-off. The pressure was on, as one competitor was going to be disappointed and just miss out on HOYS.

All three again produced clears, and it was all about the clock. The best was left until last. Lottie dismissed any pressure and with a cool head, maxed on her final draw to take the top spot on Helen’s home-bred mare Kanclaudius.

This six-year-old is by Robert Smith’s former top ride Marius Claudius – winner of the prestigious HOYS Foxhunter final in 2000 – and out of Kantara V H, a grade A mare Helen jumped herself. She was bred as a horse and jumped in senior novice classes with Helen in 2015, but didn’t grow, and because of her petite size, switched to ponies in 2016 with Lottie in the saddle.

India Bussey’s lead was relegated by 1.26 sec, but she gained the second HOYS ticket on the 12-year-old palomino mare Ranchwood Latte.

First to go Madison Jamison had to settle for third on Sweepstake, but she qualifies for the pony newcomer Masters at the National Championships, Stoneleigh, in August for a last-ditch HOYS qualifying chance.

The first five qualify for the Stoneleigh Masters, with fourth going to Sarah Mackmin on Limited Edition and Amy Barrett taking fifth on Cobra Kaa.

NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results

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