Louise Saywell takes the Ladies title at the Alexander Horseboxes Scope Festival
The championships at the Alexanders Horseboxes Scope Festival kicked off in earnest on Tuesday, and dreams came true for some lucky riders.
Louise Saywell topped an exciting, 18-strong decider to take the Westcoast Express ladies title on Feigtling in an after midnight finish.
The pair made a final dash for the last vertical to clam the class by 0.41 sec, although Chloe Winchester’s last-drawn effort came close for second on Synique.
“This is the first time I’ve won the ladies here, I’ve been second with Winner twice, just beaten by the last to go,” sad Louise, who has ridden Graham Ward’s Feigtling for two months.
“It’s the biggest he’s jumped, he has won in Vimeiro and La Coruna, but they were speed classes.”
Chloe took second with Pippa Allen third on Hopw Springs and Emma Stoker in fourth with Bob Young’s Townhead Tallulah V.
Katie Benbow, 15, executed the tightest of turns on Ruby St Loise to take the Panda Bamboo Flooring 95cm title and register her biggest win in a strong, 11-horse jump-off.
“She’s good at turning, Dan Patrick started her off and taught her well,” said Katie, who has ridden the 10-year-old for almost four years, riding for Anne Fearnall for 12 months before buying her.
Last year’s winner Julia Helm had to settle for second and third on Fritz Luke and Helms Tolu.
Egged on by the cheering spectators, Ellie Burrell-Squibb landed the Cats and Pipes 128cm Debut championship on the equally eager and super-fast Mini Mouse II.
“My Granddad [Les Squibb] is the best trainer, he told me to come tight inside to the double and tight to the last,” said Ellie, 10, who had a trial run on first ride Kitty for inside knowledge of the track and also took fourth.
Charlie Atkinson took second on Cappagh Misty.
Lily Smith headed the 138cm Debut final on Holly VI to record her biggest win on her first visit to the Scope Festival.
She joined up with the six-year-old Holly 12 months ago.
“She’s easy, genuine and careful,” said Lily, who is aiming for Hickstead and HOYS next year.
Imogen Hall on Summerhill Jack claimed second.
Iwan Carpenter maxed on his final draw to take the Pony of the Year Show five and six-year-old Elite title on Follow Jazzy Lady, a Hemmingway six-year-old bred by Rhona Anderson out of her former ride Jazzy Lady.
“She started off at 80 and 90cm and has come on so quickly in a year. She’s easy, sharp and wants to get at the jumps, and she also likes to buck,” said Iwan, 12.
Claudia Moore took second in the three-pony jump-off on the Arezzo VDL-sired Glamour IV with Georgia Taylor-Jones on Horseabout Zibu in third.
Harry Wood posted the sole round one clear in the POYS seven-year-old Elite final to take the title. A plank fell at fence nine, but it was a middle plank and didn’t alter the height of the fence and was ruled clear.
“I really thought I’d had four faults,” said Harry, 13, delighted to win without jumping off on the grey mare, a ride of 12 months.
“She’s very laidback, almost horizontal,” he said.
John Ellis, 16, netted the POYS 148cm debut on Willows Delight, a 19-year-old mare he acquired via Ken Pritchard 10 months ago.
“She’s been if the field for four years, but we clicked straightaway,” he said.
Sandy McLean brought Warhol Wulfselection Z to the fore in the Graham Heath Construction under 16 Championship, commandingly heading the four-horse decider.
“He’s very powerful and forward-going, but he listens to me,” said Sandy, who has ridden the 10-year-old for two years after borrowing him from his sister Claire McNaughton.
For full national results, visit: http://www.scopefestival.org/daily-results/
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