Dreams are realised as riders chase HOYS tickets at the final pony premier

Dreams were won and lost at the final pony premier of the season, with some lucky riders realising their ambition of gaining a coveted HOYS qualifying ticket. Others narrowly missed out, but get a last chance at the National Finals, Stoneleigh in mid-August.

Jodie Hall-McAteer topped the pony showjumper of the year with The Little Squire in a deceptively quick round on the big-jumping 10-year-old.

The scopey grey appears to lose time in the air as he negotiates each fence, but he nailed the jump-off in the final draw to win by 1.02 sec.

“He’s naturally fast and much easier to ride more forward,” said Jodie.

Only four of the 40 starters managed to jump clear over Raf Suarez’s technical, testing track, but three came back to jump double clear, Jodie proving the quickest.

Ireland’s Ciaron Nallon jumped a cool, professional round to take second on Sligo Little James, relegating Allana Clutterbuck’s early clear on Sultan Du Bary – due to represent Britain in the pony European championships in Denmark.

As the Irish are not eligible to qualify for HOYS, fourth-placed Drew Walton took the final qualifying spot on Tequila Twist.

Allana had a great weekend and seized the Blue Chip pony newcomer second round with the French six-year-old Atomic Du Bary, beating 101 other hopefuls chasing after the two coveted HOYS tickets.

Atomic is by Frascator Mail – formerly ridden by Eric Navet at International level – and is out of the same mare as Sultan.

“It’s great to qualify the brothers at the same weekend and the support from Elevage Du Bary and Sue Evans is second to none, I couldn’t do it without them,” said Allana.

The mammoth number was reduced to 25 for the second round with just six contending the jump-off, Allana landing the class in mid-draw by 0.60 sec on the gelding she has produced the past two years.

Ryan Lockwood had to settle for second with his opening effort on Michael Whitaker’s nine-year-old Nelly III, but it was sufficient for the the second HOYS spot. Job done.

Rebecca Bowden brought Norbet into third 0.83 sec away from a HOYS place, with Ffion Roberts and Kantjes Bozzy in fourth and Madison Jamison fifth on Sweepstake.

Irish visitor Ciaron also had a great show. Second in the ponyshowjumper, he went on to win the HOYS 138cm wth a super-quick but ultra-cool round on Kate Wachman’s Kiltomer Hero.“He keeps improving every time out,” said Ciaron, 14, who has ridden the 11-year-old for two months.

The on-form Shaunie Greig, winner of the Hickstead 138cm final on Buttons Two five days earlier, netted second in the hot, 10-pony decider on the already-qualified Irish 15-year-old Drumaclan Flight.

Iwan Carpenter claimed the first HOYS place on Follow Jazzy Lady with a sensible third clear on the young six-year-old mare.

Tahnia Jordan-Jones was out to win with the already-qualified Thyme Flies and produced the fastest time of the class but at the expense of a rail and took fourth.

Faye Sutton picked up a HOYS place in fifth on Fast Fun to join her other qualified pony, Shutter Fly at the prestigious final, and Harry Wood – in sixth on Rapkyns Paddy’s Day – took the final HOYS ticket as winner Ciaron is from Ireland and therefore is not eligible for HOYS

Tatiane Mauree will make her HOYS debut after taking the HOYS 128cm with the sole treble clear on Colliyers Pal Joey.

Only three from 36 starters reached the final jump-off, with Tatiane, 11, taking the win from mid-draw.

“My nerves came flooding back after each round and I couldn’t believe I’d qualified – he helped me out a few times,” said Tatiane, on the Welsh nine-year-old bought just broken five years ago.

Ireland’s Ryan Sweetnam took second with Silver Legend and Iwan – who had recovered from a fall in the 128cm team competition two days earlier – claimed third on Telynau Royal Damask. Iwan has four ponies at HOYS – Brookhall Glimpse and Royal Damask in the 128cm and Little Boy De Carmen and Royal Damask in the 138cm

Ffion Roberts claimed the top spot in a six-pony decider in the Squibb Group pony Foxhunter second round for a prestigious HOYS spot in the final on Rich Faith.

A total of 38 ponies tackled course-designer Raf Suarez’s 12-fence track, with these reduced initially to 14 then six for the jump-off.

Ella Popely on the already-qualified Jethro took an early lead, but had to settle for second when Ffion used her penultimate draw to sweep ahead by 0.60 sec.

Rich Faith was bought unbroken by the Roberts family local to their Holywell, North Wales base, with Ffion’s brother Joseph initially taking the ride. Ffion took over in January 2014.

“This is the biggest she’s done and I didn’t know how it was going to go. I was nervous, but tried not to let it get to me,” said Ffion, 14, who also has Kantjes Bozzy in the final.

Joe Fernyhough slotted Jenny and Graham Hudson’s Eastside Mirah into third, an Irish-bred 11-year-old who finished fifth in last year’s final.

Posting the fourth treble clear at a steady canter earned Kiarra Hulme the final qualifying ticket on the 11-year-old Bombay III.

“He’s a lovely, honest pony and was an easy transition from 138cm ponies,” said Kiarra, 14, who will make her first visit to HOYS and also contends the newcomer final.

Maia Andrews took fifth on Miami Carwyn with Holly Truelove in sixth aboard Orchids Adventure.

Fun in the sun

The Home Pony International was graced with brilliant sunshine and patriotism was at its best as riders, their connections and flag-waving spectators enthusiastically supported their country.

The 148cm competition went to the wire, Scotland forcing a jump-off with England to decide silver and gold after both teams had posted a four fault total.

Ceilo Nightingale Robertson with Carlow Girl and Emma Crawford aboard Stars Surprise both jumped double clear while Sandy McLean on Castlehill Clover jumped for clear and eight and anchor Fraser Reed with Jiminy Cricket posted eight and four faults.

England also posted a zero score in round on and four faults in round two. Jody Giles on Flintstone B and Georgia Blakemore’s Toy Story jumped double clears and Sophie Bowen with Dafina K came home on clear and four. Amy Barrett with Munsboro Silver Lining returned four and 17.

Scotland had the edge in the final, timed round, winning on time. Ireland’s team of Abby Sweetnam (Spartacus Reape, Ciaron Nallon (Sligo Little James), Jason Floey (Casino Royale) and Robby Clancy (For Kids Only) took bronze in third.

England triumphed in the 138cm section on a zero score. Izzy Ryder on The Agent and Tahnia Jordan Jones with Thyme Flies jumped double clears, Emelia Mitchell made just one mistake on Shaman Sundance with four and clear, and Atlanta Vallionis jumped for clear and eight on Stoney Burke for gold.

Ireland was just one fence behind on four faults for silver. Max Foley with Mayfly Green Peter and anchor Tom Wachman aboard Fountain Ranger kept the pressure up with double clears, with Ciaron Nallon posting four faults in each round on Lisboy Latte and Roisin O’Sullivan returning eight and clear on Triplicate.

Scotland’s team of Nicole Lockhead Anderson (Sonas Barney), Emma Cook (Mitchel Troy Welsh Express), Tasha Hamilton (Aristo Justice) and Shaunie Greig (Buttons Two) took bronze.

Ireland dominated the 128cm team competition, winning the gold medal with an impressive zero score. Rhys Williams on Parc Giggles and Martha Hughes Bravo with Little Miss Big Time jumped double clear, while Tom Wachman and Sparkle had clear and four and Ryan Sweetnam aboard Hollycreek Owen Splendour returned on four and clear.

England claimed silver. Pathfinder Madison Heath and Red Alert was the only pair to jump double clear. Hannah Barker on My Little Sweetheart and Rosie Collins with Bradmore Mystique came home on clear and four, and Rachel Proudley improved on her round one eight faults with a clear round.

Unfortunate eliminations put Scotland and Wales out of the running.

After several years’ absence, the 10-year-old and under team competition was resurrected this year. And fittingly, Wales took the gold medal with a commanding zero score.

Thie Jones on My Little Pumpkin, George Nelson with My Kestrel and Erin Bartle aboard Laughnotora Lady all posted double clears with Owen Carpenter improving on his first round four faults with a clear on Melview Dublin Dave.

England was just one fence behind on four faults for the silver medal. Charlie Atkinson on Bunbury Conquest and Ellie Burrell-Squibb aboard Kitty came home with double clears, while Tia Squibb on Gorm And Ban jumped for clear and four and Amy Jones on Tarrywood In A Pickle returned on clear and eight.

Ireland took bronze on 12 faults after a jump-off with Wales. Senan Reape jumped double clear on Rockside Mystifyre in the pathfinder position and posted another clear in the jump-off. Owen Brennan jumped Miami Bound for clear and eight and his jump-off clear put the pressure on. Anchor Coen Williams came back on clear and four with Derry Glogher Misty but his jump-off clear sealed it, bronze belonged to Ireland. It wasn’t Chloe Hughes Kennedy’s day, she suffered elimination with Flashdance.

Scotland posted a zero score in round one, but all four suffered from a single error in round two to take fourth. Madeleine Archibald jumped for clear and four on Tazmania and returned a jump-off clear, Fergal Houlihan and Aru Cha Cha jumped for four faults in all three rounds, Codie McGowan and Rotherwood Dinky Toy jumped clear, four and clear in the jump-off, and Williams Stewart with JK007 returned clear, four and four in the jump-off.


Pony Showjumper of the Year

1 Jodie Hall-McAteer & The Little Squire – 0/0 34.34

2 Ciaron Nallon & Sligo Little James – 0/0 35.36

3 Allana Clutterbuck & Sultan Du Bary – 0/0 41.09

4 Drew Walton & Tequila Twist – 0/4 43.08

HOYS 128cm

1 Tatiane Mauree & Colliyers Pal Joey – 0/0/0 49.91

2 Ryan Sweetnam & Silver Legend – 0/04 32.76

3 Iwan Carpenter & Telynau Royal Damask – 0/0/4 49.08

The Stable Company HOYS 138cm

1 Ciaron Nallon & Kiltormer Hero – 0/0/0 33.20

2 Shaunie Greig & Drumaclan Flight – 0/0/0 33.65

3 Iwan Carpenter & Follow Jazzy Lady – 0/0/0 50.43

4 Tahnia Jordan-Jones & Thyme Flies – 0/0/4 32.13

5 Faye Sutton & Fast Fun – 0/0/4 4 41.86

6 Harry Wood & Rapkyns Paddy’s Day – 0/0/4 50.18

Blue Chip pony newcomer second round

1 Allana Clutterbuck and Atomic Du Bary – 0/0/0 42.16

2 Ryan Lockwood & Nelly III – 0/0/0 42.76

3 Rebecca Bowden & Norbet – 0/0/0 43.59

4 Ffion Roberts & Kantjes Bozzy – 0/0/4 38.33

5 Madison Jamison & Sweepstake – 0/0/4 40.31

6 Gaby Sumner & Cruising For Candy – 0/0/4 52.62

Squibb Group pony Foxhunter second round

1 Ffion Roberts & Rich Faith – 0/0/0 42.74

2 Ella Popely & Jethro – 0/0/0 43.13

3 Joe Fernyhough & Eastside Mirah – 0/0/0 46.54

4 Kiarra Hulme & Bombay III – 0/0/0 53.97

5 Maia Andrews & Miami Carwyn – 0/0/21 70.11

6 Holly Truelove & Orchids Adventure – 0/0/E