Nicole Lockhead Anderson claims a victory double at Tillyoch
An on-form Nicole Lockhead Anderson posted a double of wins in the HOYS qualifiers at Tillyoch Equestrian, winning the pony newcomers on Gangnam Style and the 138cm aboard My Gem Pearle.
Nicole topped the Blue Chip pony newcomer second round on Gangnam Style to mark her second win in the 2016 series of qualifiers on this Irish seven-year-old. They had posted their first win at South View.
Here in Scotland, 19 gained first round clears from 40 starters with an eventual seven surviving the second round to reach the jump-off. Nicole had the disadvantageous first draw, but it turned out in her favour as she confidently jumped into an unbeatable lead.
Producing the only other treble clear, Kiarra Hulme took second on the 11-year-old Bombay III. Molly Bennett aboard the nine-year-old Mr Bojangles III took third with the fastest four in the jump-off and, as Nicole had already qualified, claimed a HOYS place.
In The Stable Company HOYS 138cm, only three from a startlist of 38 jumped first round clears and the consistent trio all reached the third and final round.
A clear couldn’t be found in the jump-off, but Nicole was the quickest four-faulter by 1.64 sec to take the class on new ride My Gem Pearle, a nine-year-old mare.
Shaunie Greig and the Irish 15-year-old Drumaclan Flight slotted into second with Ella Derbyshire and the buzzy 18-year-old Thelma’s Gift in third.
Georgia Blakemore headed the pony showjumper of the year with Toy Story III.
Only two from a field of 12 accessed the jump-off, with Georgia pitted against Sandy McLean on Tobar King. Georgia was drawn first and posted another copybook clear on the diminutive 13-year-old Toy Story, who stands at 145cm, 3cm shorter than her 148cm rivals.
Sandy challenged with the Irish nine-year-old Tobar King, but a lowered rail dashed their victory hopes and they had to settle for second.
Faye Sutton came home on four in round one on Robe Ruadh, but as they recorded the fastest time, they claimed third and a qualifying place.
Henry Squibb stormed to victory on Pussy Cat Doll in the HOYS 128cm to record his debut in the final at the NEC arena in October.
Only 18 eager riders and their equally keen ponies started in this class, with five jumping frist round clears and four accessing the third and final round against the clock.
Henry, who was only jumping stepping stones and intro classes last year, guided the 22-year-old Pussy Cat Doll into a third clear, and held off the other challenges to claim victory by 0.47 sec.
Gabriella D Ambrosio provided the only other jump-off clear to take second on the 11-year-old Farchynys Sienna.
Marnie Green – winner of the Arena UK qualifier last week on My Little Liesel – pushed the nine-year-old mare into third this time. The HOYS ticket was passed down to fourth-placed Amy Morris and Madonna.
Alana Hood celebrated a win the Squibb Group pony Foxhunter second round on Miami Sandyman and is now assured of a place in the HOYS final.
Only three of 19 starters jumped clear in round one to immediately fill the three HOYS places on offer, with Alana and the eight-year-old Miami Sandyman, a dun gelding who joined her three years ago, easing into the top spot.
Bunty Pipe only started riding Cavaliers Royale Princess in May, but they quickly forged a partnership and took second. And Rebecca Bowden joins her at HOYS with third spot on the Irish 14-year-old Norbet.
Alexander Stormonth took first and third in the 148cm grand prix with Mr Budizer and Chivaz – a winner in an earlier 148cm open. Vicki Selby sandwiched Bay Friend into second.
And Shaunie Greig, already a winner in an earlier 138cm on Buttons Two, took first and third in the 138cm grand prix, winning on Buttons Two and taking third with Drumaclan Flight. Nicole Lockhead Anderson was second on Shappen Pilgrim.
Natasha Hamilton dominated the 128cm grand prix, taking the top two places with Koda and Mintfield Magic.
Crista Lockhead Anderson was unbeatable in the 11 and under final, takin a one-two with Taty Desire and Glen Hill.
Michael Syme topped the 1.10m grand prix on Lightning II, beating Alexander Stormonth into second on Popacatapetal.
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results
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