Jodie Hall-McAteer tops the pony showjumper of the year at Bishop Burton
Jodie Hall-McAteer landed the pony showjumper of the year on the fantastic mare Tixylix at Bishop Burton pony premier.
The win meand they will contend their fourth final at HOYS. The pair, 2015 European team gold and individual silver medallists – took second at both the 2013 and 2014 HOYS final, and last year they finished 10th. Tixylix also won the title in 2010 with Jess Mendoza – British team reserve for the Rio Olympics.
At Bishop Burton, only three produced clears from a startlist of 42 over what proved to be a tough track. Drawn last, Jodie, 16, and the feisty 18-year-old Tixylix produced the only double clear, and also proved the fastest by 7.40 sec.
Fraser Reed and the 15-year-old mare Quilitymaes Z – already qualified after winning at Bicton – took second. Jodie Giles and the eight-year-old Flintstone B, the only other pair in the jump-off, took third.
Jumping the fastest four faults in round one proved fortuitious for Flora Castle and the 13-year-old dun mare Destavelars Misty. They claimed fourth and the third qualifying place, passed down the line as Fraser had already qualified.
Sandy McLean is again off to HOYS after clinching the Squibb Group pony Foxhunter second round top spot with an assertive, quick-thinking round on Tobar King.
Only nine from 45 starters produced initial clears, with seven going forward to the jump-off. Sandy, who has ridden at HOYS since he was eight, guided the Irish-bred nine-year-old into a four sec victory from mid-draw.
Closest rival Ella Popely took second with the Irish 13-year-old Jethro, just 0.05 sec ahead of Robert Murphy, who takes the third HOYS qualifying ticket with his new ride of two weeks, the eight-year-old Uncanny.
Five posted treble clears, with Fraser Reed on Jiminy Cricket and Ryan Lockwood aboard Nelly III in fourth and fifth and getting a last-ditch qualification chance in the Foxhunter Masters at the National Championships, Stoneleigh.
Fraser, 15, and Jiminy Cricket may have just missed out on the Foxhunter, but they achieved some consolation in the Blue Chip pony newcomer second round, winning by 1.05 sec.
Thirty from 74 starters jumped first round clears, but the raised second track reduced these to 11 for the jump-off. Drawn just two from the end, Fraser coolly eased the Irish 13-year-old Jiminy Cricket into the top spot.
Only two HOYS tickets were on offer here, but as second went to Nicole Kershaw and the eight-year-old Miami Moonbeam – who have already achieved HOYS newcomer and Foxhunter qualification at Sparsholt and Bicton – the coveted qualifier was passed down.
Emma Crawford, who is also a Foxhunter finalist after winning at Weston Lawns, took third on Mullingar Bay to double up with this Irish eight-year-old bought from Steve Barnes three years ago. They had been knocking on the door in this class, having finished fourth twice.
Eight ponies jumped double clear for another HOYS chance at Stoneleigh.
Following a bumper show at South View, where she netted four HOYS finalist places, Nicole Lockhead Anderson added another here, winning The Stable Company HOYS 138cm in fine style on Sonas Barney.
It was no fluke. Of the 56 starters, only 11 jumped round one clears wth the second round further reducing these to seven chasing the three HOYS passes. Nicole dismissed any pressure to take victory from the third draw by 2.79 sec on the Irish 19-year-old Sonas Barney.
She will now ride Barney and Shappen Pilgrim in the 138cm final, Gangnam Style in the newcomer and Foxhunter finals and Cappagh Supreme in the pony showjumper of the year championship. Nicole will have a busy and well deserved HOYS!
Emelia Mitchell snatched the second HOYS place on the appaloosa 10-year-old Shaman Sundance, and third went to a very popular pony. Making a welcome return to HOYS is the wonderful 19-year-old More Than Milton – winner of the HOYS title in 2009 with Darby Ward. This time he will carry Amy Meredith into the great HOYS arena.
Claudia Moore already has Peppino Il Grande and Pringle through to the HOYS final, and underscoring her talent and consistency, she recorded her second HOYS 128cm win of the 2016 series on Pringle.
Twelve of the 36 starters jumped first clear, but only five accessed the jump-off, Claudia and the 16-year-old Pringle taking the win by a commanding 6.89 sec.
Rachel Proudley eased the coloured 15-year-old Painted Lady IV into second with Tom Francis-Jones claiming third with the only other treble clear aboard the 15-year-old Major Jack II.
As Claudia had already qualified, the final and much-yearned HOYS qualification was passed down to fourth-placed Eloise Squibb on the nine-year-old Platinum Prince. Eloise now has two rides in the HOYS final, second ride Wyndham Tom Thumb qualified at Weston Lawns.
Alexander Stormonth claimed victory in the Haygain pony discovery second round on Popacatapetal to register for the National Champonships final in August. Ten from 19 starters eventually reached the jump-off, with Alexander’s second draw effort on the Irish seven-year-old mare holding off all challenges.
Lauren Roach took second 0.73 sec in arrears aboard the eight-year-old Arkan III sired dun mare Makita with Harry Wood in third on the seven-year-old Going Platinum.
Pony Showjumper of the Year
1 Jodie Hall-McAteer & Tixylix – 0/0 35.99
2 Fraser Reed & Quilitymaes Z – 0/4 43.39
3 Jodie Giles & Flintstone B – 0/4 46.41
4 Flora Castle & Destavelars Misty – 4 82.02
5 Vicki Selby & Bay Friend – 4 84.34
Squibb Group pony Foxhunter second round
1 Sandy McLean & Tobar King – 0/0/0 40.94
2 Ella Popely & Jethro – 0/0/0 44.96
3 Robert Murphy & Uncanny – 0/0/0 45.01
4 Fraser Reed & Jiminy Cricket – 0/0/0 45.81
5 Ryan Lockwood & Nelly III – 0/0/0 46.61
Blue Chip pony newcomer second round
1 Fraser Reed & Jiminy Cricket – 0/0/0 31.06
2 Nicole Kershaw & Miami Moonbeam – 0/0/0 32.11
3 Emma Crawford & Mullingar Bay – 0/0/0 33.50
4 Robert Murphy & Opto-Mist – 0/0/0 34.37
5 Lottie Mayvers & Gortahork Maeve – 0/0/0 34.54
6 Archie Ray & Tower Hamlets – 0/0/0 34.75
7 Claudia Moore & Delflip – 0/0/0 36.30
8 Katie McNamara & Lackaghmore Avatar – 0/0/0 41.25
The Stable Company HOYS 138cm
1 Nicole Lockhead Anderson & Sonas Barney – 0/0/0 44.73
2 Emelia Mitchell & Shaman Sundance – 0/0/0 47.52
3 Amy Meredith & More Than Milton – 0/0/4 40.32
4 Emelia Mitchell & Little Miss Ebony – 0/0/4 44.86
5 Red Morgan & Quest Du Bohot – 0/0/4 51.14
1 Claudia Moore & Pringle – 0/0/0 36.44
2 Rachel Proudley & Painted Lady IV – 0/0/0 43.33
3 Tom Francis-Jones & Major Jack II – 0/0/0 44.07
4 Eloise Squibb & Platinum Prince – 0/0/4 50.47
5 Tatiane Mauree & Colliyers Pal Joey – 0/0/4 57.72
Haygain Pony Discovery second round
1 Alexander Stormonth & Popacatapetal 0/0/0 29.05
2 Lauren Roach & Makita – 0/0/0 29.78
3 Harry Wood & Going Platinum – 0/0/0 29.91
4 Ellie Fannan & Ennistymon Princess – 0/0/0 30.46
5 Molly Fletcher & Motabower Katie – 0/0/0 31.91
6 Ben Staunton & Tinkas Gentleman Jim – 0/0/0 32.79
7 Kate Baxter & Pinacolada – 0/0/0 33.24
8 Charlotte Thomlinson & Racha Lad – 0/0/0 35.56
=9 Jai Snelling & Billy Hart – 0/0/E
=9 Nicole Lockhead Anderson & Flashpoint 0/0/E
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results
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