Emma-Jo Slater heads Addington's Foxhunter second round
Emma-Jo Slater jumped three classic clears to head the Foxhunter second round at Addington Manor aboard Kim Barzilay’s home-bred seven-year-old Kimba Flamenco.
The pair had already qualified for HOYS after taking second at Keysoe, and this was purely for experience over bigger tracks.
“Emma gets nervous, this was an ideal class to jump without pressure,” said Kim, who regards ‘Cody’ – a Je T’aime Flamenco gelding out of the Heartbreaker mare Uttah Van Het Indihof – as ‘Mr Consistent’.
He certainly was here, never looking like touching a pole and jumping smoothly out of his stride to take the class in the final draw by 1.48 sec.
The top two horses in this class were both bred locally in Buckinghamshire. Simon Crippen produced the only other treble clear from the 66 starter class on Judy Ross’s home-bred Rosgan So Divine.
This eight-year-old daughter of Couleur Rubin is out of the Galoubet A mare Divine Des Cabanes, 1998 HOYS newcomers champion with Simon and also placed in three other HOYS national championships that year – the Foxhunter, grade C and seven-year-old finals.
In fact, the HOYS connection runs deep – Judy herself jumped in the Foxhunter final – “Many moons ago, and I’m not admitting which year,” she said.
Simon was pleased with So Divine.
“She was slow to start but has come on a lot this year, she took third and just missed out [on HOYS qualification] at Keysoe and was placed in Allington’s small grand prix,” he said.
Laura Pritchard, already a HOYS newcomer finalist on the Lupicor six-year-old stallion Horse Victorys Fayot – owned jointly with Hans van den Ostelaar – also claimed a place in the Foxhunter final with third.
She had thought she was out of the running when she lowered a rail in her opening draw of the 13-strong jump-off, but riders bid and failed to set a fast clear over course-designer Bob Ellis’ now substantial track. And her fast four faults remained in a qualifying position.
“He likes to take on fences so this course suited him, the fence we had was my fault, I went for an extra stride to try and turn inside,” said Laura.
Kate Whitaker took fourth on Eunomia and and Nicola Barry jumped into fifth with True Blue III.
Star of the Future
Simon so nearly took two Foxhunter tickets, but for a tap at the last on Terasini. However, this horse looks to have a bright future.
Bought as a five-year-old by Simon and Abbie Crippen, the 17.2hh by Cheers Cassini took time to grow and has been produced slowly.
“He's such a big horse and was a gangly six-year-old. He played in Spain that year, but when he returned as a seven-year-old he was a different horse with unbelievable scope,” said Simon. “This class was the first time I’ve really asked a question, but I knew he had it in the locker all the time. I’m very excited about this one."
Louise Pavitt and catch ride Oscar Zee headed the Connolly’s RED MILLS newcomer second round. This eight-year-old is the usual ride of Louise’s sister Nicole, but as Nicole was away jumping in France, owner Emma Harrison turned to Louise.
“She brought him up one night so I could pop him over a fence and see if we got on, and we did so I took him to the show,” said Louise, who has ridden horses for Emma in the past.
“He’s so easy and simple to ride, tiny but lovely, it was as though I’d known him forever.”
The 105 starters were reduced to 27 initially with 13 jumping off. Louise took the win in the ninth draw on Emma’s home-bred Cevin Z gelding, bred out of the same mare as Aroldo – a pony European gold medallist for Rebecca Roe and a European ride for Emily Roe and Harry and Scarlett Charles.
Samantha Jimmison claimed the second qualifying place with Ebolensky, ans even-year-old mare with Clinton/Heartbreaker bloodlines.
Roger McCrea was third on Davinci Van De Bosrand with Shane Breen fourth on Foudre F and Ben Walker took with fifth with Aphrodite IV.
Helen Tredwell lifted first and fourth in the area trial with Sebastian VII and new ride Constant II.
Helen produced the sole jump-off clear in the six-horse decider on Colin and Ann Garrett’s Britsh bred 10-year-old by Unbelievable Darco and out of an Animo mare.
“He’s gained confidence over the continental tracks abroad,” said Helen.
Trevor Breen took second on Patricia Brown’s Loughnatousa WB, their only mistake was a tap at the first fence. Yazmin Davis was third on Zilverster, with Helen bringing Constant, previously ridden by Geoff Luckett, into fourth.
“I can’t go as fast as Geoff!” said Helen, “I though I’d slowed Constant down at Kent County last week, but maybe it was because he was on grass, because he felt fast today.”
Alice Watson posted four wins, taking a victory double on Billy Limoncello with newcomer and Foxhunter wins and heading the first day’s B and C and a Foxhunter/grade C on E-Pilotta.
Chad Fellows headed the 1.40m on Beat Me and took first and third in the final B and C with Foss and Colorado Du Brio Vent Z.
Triple winner Zoe Adams topped a 1.20m and a 1.25m with Satonamillion and headed a Foxhunter aboard Miss Piccachu.
Rowan Willis was also a double winner, taking a 1.30m win on Blue Movie and and 1.25m victory aboard Doulita and Jay Halim clinched a win in the 1.35m on Abrisco.
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results
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