Hallie Lunn posts her second win the pony showjumper of the year at Arena UK
Hallie Lunn topped the pony showjumper of the year at Arena UK’s pony premier with Javas Alun to mark her second win in this summer series of HOYS qualifiers.
The pair had already claimed victory at Sparsholt College and underscored their talent and consistency here.
A total of 44 hopeful starters tackled the sizeable course, but only six found all the answers to access the jump-off, with Hallie taking the win in the penultimate draw on the Irish coloured 13-year-old by 1.55 sec.
Three double clears were produced, Jack Whitaker providing the second of these on the 10-year-old Zodianne Van De Doevenbree to claim second and the first of the HOYS qualifiers.
Fraser Reed jumped into third with the in-form Jiminy Cricket, a 13-year-old Irish gelding who has already secured a HOYS appearance in the pony newcomer final after winning at Bishop Burton.
As the HOYS ticket was passed down, fourth-placed Drew Walton is now on her way to the NEC with the handsome nine-year-old stallion Trevoulter Ladies Man, also a pony Foxhunter finalist after winning the qualifier at Sparsholt.
Atlanta Vallionis secured her place in The Stable Company HOYS 138cm, jumping into victory with Stoney Burke.
It was hotly contended. Of the 63 starters, 17 jumped first round clears with 11 going into the jump-off. And it was all about the clock for the three HOYS places as five produced treble clears. And by sheer coincidence, the top three were all 18-year-old Irish-bred ponies.
Atlanta secured the top place in the seventh draw by 0.69 sec on Stoney Burke, a gelding she took over from Robert Murphy two years ago.
Faye Sutton’s opener with Shutter Fly took second – a great warm-up for their appearance in Hickstead’s main arena next Wednesday, 27 July in the winter 138cm final.
Izzi Ryder gained the third qualifying position with Castlehill Ka La La, finishing 0.92 sec behind Faye.
Just missing out in fourth and fifth were Tegan Rowlands on Grey Palace and Hariette Jones with Kilpatrick Fiona.
Marnie Green, 12, beat 38 rivals to nab the HOYS 128cm top spot on My Little Liesel and will maker her HOYS debut in October. It was no mean feat, only seven jumped first round clears with just four making their way to the jump-off. And Marnie only stepped up to this level this summer after jumping stepping stones and intro classes last year.
Only two treble clears were evident, Marnie and the Irish nine-year-old mare Liesel taking the win by a handsome 2.46 sec in the final draw.
The other three in the jump-off had already qualified, and this was a gain-more-experience/keep-ticking-over exercise.
Rachel Proudley, 11, and the coloured 15-year-old Painted Lady IV took second with the other jump-off clear. The speedy pairing of Madison Heath, 11, and Red Alert III, winners at Sparsholt, typically posted the quickest time of the class, but a pole on the floor put them third. Bicton qualifiers Claudia Moore and Peppino Il Grande took fourth.
With a clear and four in round two, Poppy Deakin on Camizion and Rosie Collins with Bradmore Mystique claimed fifth and sixth, but both these combinations had qualified at Weston Lawns. The second HOYS ticket was awarded to Alena Hughes, in seventh on the 19-year-old Muskerry Crusader with clear and four.
Sadly, as there were no more clears from round one, the final HOYS ticket was left begging as rules dictate qualifiers must jump clear in the first round.
A delighted Chloe Gunning, 16, headed the Squibb Group pony Foxhunter second round on Leanne Brown’s Katie’s Grey to record her HOYS debut.
It was a tough task. From a field of 48, only seven first round clears were found with just three reaching the final jump-off to decide the three HOYS qualifying places. Secure in the knowledge qualification was dealt with, it was all about the final order, and Chloe’s final draw produced the winning round by 2.75 sec.
Chloe and the Irish nine-year-old Katie’s Grey – found for them by Neil Fiddes almost two years ago, are heading for the imminent Royal International Horse Show, where they will make their debut in the vast International arena in the winter JC final.
Serena Kullich took second with the only other treble clear on the eight-year-old Westside Mirah stallion Kilcurry Dawn. And Ffion Robert took third with the 10-year-old Kantjes Bozzy, who is also through to the pony discovery final at the National Championships in August.
Madison Jamison has been knocking on the door for HOYS qualification all summer with Sweepstake, and she finally achieved her ambition with a well-deserved win in the Blue Chip pony newcomer second round.
The seven-year-old gelding had reached the third round twice recently with third and sixth place. There was no doubt in this qualifier, Chloe maxing on her final draw to guide Sweepstake into a 0.22 sec victory.
From an initial 95 starters, 24 jumped round one clears, but only three provided double clears to access the jump-off. Robert Murphy posted the other two, and he claimed the second qualifying place on the Carpenter family’s 12-year-old Opto-Mist – also a Foxhunter finalist after qualifying at Weston Lawns.
Robert’s second ride, the 10-year-old Jumper, was 1.15 sec adrift from a qualifying spot and took third, but can contend the pony newcomer Masters for another qualifying chance at the National Championships.
Fastest four faulters from round two, Sarah Mackmin on Bacardi Hot Shot and Mya Roxburgh Caira with Paddy’s Pet II took fourth and fifth.
Pony Showjumper of the Year qualifier
1 Hallie Lunn & Javas Alun – 0/0 42.23
2 Jack Whitaker & Zodianne Van De Doevenbree – 0/0 43.78
3 Fraser Reed & Jiminy Cricket – 0/0 4 39.19
4 Drew Walton & Trevoulter Ladies Man – 0/4 41.23
5 Cielo Nightingale Robertson & Carlow Girl – 0/8 42.06
6 Kiarra Hulme & Cashmira III – 0/8 46.43
The Stable Company HOYS 138cm
1 Atlanta Vallionis & Stoney Burke – 0/0/0 38.44
2 Faye Sutton & Shutter Fly – 0/0/0 39.13
3 Isabelle Ryder & Castlehill Ka La La – 0/0/0 40.05
4 Tegan Rowlands & Grey Palace – 0/0/0 46.41
5 Harriette Jones & Kilpatrick Fiona – 0/0/0 46.61
1 Marnie Green & My Little Liesel – 0/0/0 43.29
2 Rachel Proudley & Painted Lady IV – 0/0/0 45.75
3 Madison Heath & Red Alert III – 0/0/4 37.87
4 Claudia Moore & Peppino Il Grande – 0/0/4 41.43
5 Poppy Deakin & Camizion – 0/4 36.48
6 Rosie Collins & Bradmore Mystique – 0/4 37.93
7 Alena Hughes & Muskerry Crusader – 0/4 39.65
Squibb Group pony Foxhunter second round
1 Chloe Gunning & Katies Grey – 0/0/0 36.75
2 Serena Kullich & Kilcurry Dawn – 0/0/0 39.50
3 Ffion Roberts & Kantjes Bozzy – 0/0/4 41.43
4 Molly Bennett & Mr Bojangles III – 0/4 44.58
5 Lauren Roach & Westcoast Express – 0/4 46.89
Blue Chip pony newcomer second round
1 Madison Jamison & Sweepstake – 0/0/0 36.33
2 Robert Murphy & Opto-Mist – 0/0/0 36.55
3 Robert Murphy & Jumper – 0/0/0 37.70
4 Sarah Mackmin & Hot Shot Bacardi – 0/4 33.81
5 Mya Roxburgh Caira & Paddy’s Pet II – 0/4 35.36
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results
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