Morgan Kent is off to HOYS

Morgan Kent is off to HOYS after heading the Foxhunter second round on Dolores V at the Scottish Summer Extravaganza on the Royal Highland Showground.

She beat 50 others to the top spot. Only nine of the 50 jumped first round clears, and these were further reduced to just five for the jump-off, filling the five Foxhunter Master places at the National Championships, Stoneleigh and gaining an extra change to qualify for HOYS.

And underscoring their talent, Morgan and the Berlin/Voltaire eight-year-old Dolores produced one of only two treble clears, winning by four sec. The pair also contended the HOYS grade C final after winnng the qualifier at Newark and Notts.

Dan Moseley netted the second qualifying spot with Monsoon Monday, a Montender/Contendro I seven-year-old he took over from Philip Spivey two months ago. This pair also has two HOYS finals contend – they qualified for the talentseekers at Bicton.

All on four faults in the jump-off, Louise Whitaker took third on Cleopatra VIII, Ailsa Black claimed fourth on Indy IV and Charlotte Arnold took fifth on Divedent SB.

Rachael Connor’s big-jumping, scopey mare Fantastic certainly lived up to her name, capturing the Connolly’s RED MILLS newcomer second round at the Royal Highland Showground and register Rachael’s second HOYS finalist ticket.

Lancashire-based Rachael already has Zaha through to the newcomer final at the NEC, Birmingham, in October after winning at the British Showjumping North Cumbria area show.

In Scotland, 72 chased the two HOYS tickets with an eventual 13 reaching the jump-off. Rachael’s late draw produced the only double clear to take the win on the six-year-old Fantastic, a Casantos/Oklund mare bought two years ago who missed her five-year-old year.

“She got pneumonia, I didn’t think she’d make it, let alone I’d ever ride her again. She’s so honest and has all her faith and trust in me,” said Rachael.

Annabel Shields took second on My Casall, a seven-year-old by Cassini and out of a Casall mare as the name suggests. Their lightning-quick round was the only one to break teh 40 sec barrier, but four faults denied them a win. It was sufficient, nevertheless, for the the second HOYS place.

Annabel also took fourth on Gerona behind third-placed Katrina Frew and Elo II with Adrian Whiteway on Enrico II in fifth. These three are through to the Newcomer Masters at the National Championships, Stoneleigh, for another qualifying chance.

Lucy Guild topped the grand prix with her seasoned campaigner Titi D’Oase.

Only six gained access to the jump-off with Lucy guiding the feisty 16-year-old Burggraaf son Titi into victory.

Aimee Bell and the 14-year-old Cameron Poe claimed second with Louise Alston in third on Doublet, an 11-year-old with Baloubet Du Rouet/Pilot bloodlines.

NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results

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