Harry Charles was crowned National under 18 Champion and took the National 1.40m title in a unique double.
In the under 18, he rode the Casall 11-year-old Vivaldi Du Dom to victory with the only clear in the five-strong jump-off.
“The course was well-built with a great technical element to it. The first fence caused problems so I made sure Vivaldi was realy balanced on the approach,” said Harry, 17.
Maja Burnell claimed second with a quick jump-off four faults on Carnaval Komombo and Joseph Stockdale was awarded third place on Gunner II.
Harry rode his 2016 Junior European team bronze medallist Controe in the National 1.40m championships, which was incorporated into the first leg of the HOYS wildcard qualifier.
Mark McGowan’s track surprisingly yielded a high number of clears from round one’s 44 starters, but the jump-off stepped it up a couple of notches with an up-to-height, more technical course.
Harry set a great time on the Wender R/Iroko nine-year-old Controe, but was beaten to the HOYS wildcard top spot by Robert Smith on Ilton. Nevertheless, under the qualification rules of jumping double clears in national 1.40m qualifiers, Harry took the National title.
Robert was thrilled with his win and 15 wildcard points in leg one on the Dulf Van Den Bisschop/Calvaro Z stallion, an eight-year-old he had ridden for 18 months.
“I was surprised there were so many clears in the jump-off because the course was good, but they put the fences up a fair bit in the jump-off and it made for a good competition,” said Robert, who won by 1.47 sec.
Harry also picked up 12 points for second in the wildcard series with Joe Clayton on Conman JX in third. Robert Whitaker eased Cash Sent into fourth with Alfie Bradstock fifth aboard KBS Caicos, Carron Nicol on the seven-year-old stallion Jaguar VD Berghoeve sixth and Matt Sampson in seventh aboard Perfect Rouge. Chloe Winchester took eighth on Synique.
Nicole Pavitt secured a place inthe prestigious HOYS Foxhunter final on her home-bred stallion son Gemmarco 16 by heading the Foxhunter Masters.
“The last fence needed respect, a few riders had taken it on the angle and had it down, so I approached it on a wide loop to get straight, and it paid off,” said Nicole.
The level-headed Gemmarco is much like his sire Unbelievable Darco.
“He’s been the easiest horse from day one, he’s only seven but has a great attitude,” said Nicole, who has two foals on the ground this time and another two due next year.
And records could be broken if Gemmarco wins the HOYS final – Unbelievable Darco won the title in 2002 as a five-year-old ridden by Joe Clee.
Four HOYS places were on offer here. Anthony Condon claimed the second with the Hales family’s seven-year-old mare Zira II with third going to Tim Stockdale on the Lord Z nine-year-old Lady Bird and Ailsa Black riding Indy IV taking the final ticket in fourth.
Alex Thompson just missed out with fifth place on Cathalina.
Lily Freeman-Attwood triumped in the Ashbourne Equestrian Fashion under 14 championship with the Swedish nine-year-old Topspin III, crowning her final year in this class.
Lily, 14, has recently returned from representing Britain in the children-on-horses European championships, where the team finished just outside the medals in fourth. Lily is also through to HOYS on her top, ultra-experienced pony My Bugsy Malone in the 138cm final.
Oliver Fletcher – already a double winner this week with The Bobster in the pony finals – had to settle for second and third on this occasion with the Its The Business 10-year-old Little Business and the Quasimodo VD Molendreef/Voltaire eight-year-old mare Dahar.
Sandy McLean took fourth on Warhol Wulfselection Z with Lily also in fifth on Banana D’Ive Z and Ben Clark aboard Lanverdel in sixth.
Jake Saywell doubled up in the 1.20m and 1.30m warm-up classes, winning both on Dakota and also taking second in the 1.30m on Grand Cru Van Paemel.
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