Paul Kennedy wins the big class and Paul Barker takes a double on day one of the International class

British-based Irishman Paul Kennedy topped a very competitive Alexander Horseboxes 1.45m on the first day of the International classes at the Scope Festival.

Riding the 10-year-old Cartown Danger Mouse, Paul negotiated the two-phase track with flar and speed to take the honours by 0.45 sec.

Brits filled the next five places. Kerry Brennan, always a a dangerous rival against the clock, couldn’t quite catch them with Wellington M, but her valiant try claimed second. Early-drawn Louise Saywell brought Dassler into third with Alfie Bradstock on Hello Disckoboy DN fourth, Helen Tredwell and Larksong fifth and Emma Slater aboard Art D Usance in sixth.

A very happy Happy Boy kicks up his heels in the lap of honour for Paul Barker

Paul Barker continued on his run of form and dominated the first day of the International classes, taking a victory double in the small and medium tour classes.

Spring Equestrian Partnership’s Kannan nine-year-old Happy Boy – a winner at Burgham and Shrewsbury Flower Show – came to the fore in the 60-strong two-phase Safeway Scaffolding 1.30m, Paul easing him into a 0.25 sec win.

Graham Babes and the Valentino DDH/Burggraaf 10-year-old Boucheron took second with Chelsea Skelton on Millfield Baloney third. Holly Smith’s late challenge with Carolus K DHI finished fourth, Emily Ward aboard Doobally claimed fifth and Matt Sampson on Ivory Ter Doorn took sixth.

And Sandors Legacy, also a Shrewsbury Flower Show winner, came up trumps for Paul in the Autostop small tour 1.25m speed, winning by just 0.13 sec. Long-time leader Tegan Jones claimed second on the 11-year-old Apart EA with James Smith and Cumina in third. Adrian Whiteway filled fourth place on Cojack, Tim Page slotted Elvera into fifth and Abbe Elliott (nee Burchmore-Eames) took sixth with Casti Aneira.

Ellie Hall-Mcateer netted the Bliss of London amateur 1.10m aboard the fabulous Kannan/Cavalier Royale mare Dazzle II.

This 15-year-old is no stranger to the limelight in Scope’s championship arena – she won the top-billed grand prix in 2011 with Louise Whitaker. And she came up trumps again five years on to bag a win for Elllie.

The pair galloped into victory by 0.42 sec, with Hollie Pearce in second and sixth on Ryans Hollie and Hilarius. Jasmine Punter and Clio V took third, with Chelsea Skelton on Cheleko GB Z fourth, Emily Smallman and Casimir II in fifth.

Madison Heath has quickly established a strong partnership with new ride Sonas Barney, and cemented it here with a championship win in the Waddesdon 138cm.

Their flying round in the three-pony decider, including a gasp-inducing angled turn to an early vertical, earned the title by 2.52 sec.

“He anticipated the turn and went before me, so I handed over to him and he jumped it, but it wasn’t meant to happen like that, he can be quite hard to turn,” said Madison, 11, at her third show with the 19-year-old gelding.

It was a winning return for Madison, who topped the Scope 2015 Graham Heath Construction 128cm on Red Alert.

“Barney is a bigger version of Red Alert, and he loves the attention.”

Faye Sutton chased hard in the final draw for second on Fast Fun with Courtney Young in third on Darosa D’Amour.

Abi Dorset made her first visit to the Scope Festival a winning one, claiming the Direct Insurance Bright Star championship on Dark Aurora.

“She can be quirky and spooky and very quick underneath you, but she didn’t turn a hair at the water fountain [an annual Scope championship arena feature],” said Abi, 15.

Hannah Barker posted a copybook double clear on Ammanvalley Santino – Jess Hewitt’s 2015 pony European team gold medallist ride – to take second with Michael Syme on Lightening in third.

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