Mennell Watson takes the big class at the Scope Festival

Mennell Watson commandingly headed the Halsall Electrical big tour accumulator on Whisper In The Wind. Answering Mennell’s every call, Helen van Heynngen’s home-bred, eight-year-old Cobretti stallion with more than four sec to spare over their nearest rivals.

Eight posted maximum scores, and Brits filled the top eight places. George Whitaker took second on Balibu in the 52-strong class, with Emma Stoker on Bob Young’s Townhead Tallulah V in third. Liam Fitzgerald claimed fourth on Cowboy, Yazmin Davis finished fifth on Zlverster II, Tracy Priest took sixth with Ninja Sue, James Davenport eased Air Travel into seventh and Paul Bevan took eighth with Deangelo II.

British-based Frenchman Dan Delsart jumped a seemingly unhurried but deceptively fast round to take the 3Reign six and seven-year-old championship on Lucy and Ingrid Woods’ Diamants Aurora.

“She has only been jumping since December, but gets better each time and she is so kind-hearted and easy to do,” said Dan on the six-year-old Diarado mare.

Emma Stoker took both second and third on Townhead Dieg Eau De Villee and Townhead Pembroke. Dan Walsh and Flairvona claimed fourth, Emma-Jo Slater on Kimba Flamenco took fifth with sixth awarded to Annabel Shields and Rubin VHS.

Claire Shepherd claimed the Sport Horse Classic blue riband title for the second consecutive year. El Diablo Grande was last year’s winner, and on this occasion Jordanta came to the fore.

“She is so consistent, and tries so hard to please, and the jump-off suited, it was won on jumping, not racing against the clock,” said Claire on the Cicero seven-year-old owned by Alan Nuttall.

Claire also took fifth on Elvis II. Alex Thompson eased Cathalina into second with Sharon Quigley in third on Fiorella III. Emma-Jo Slater and Kimba Flamenco took fourth and sixth went to Holly Smith on Lislan Gem.

Jodie Hall-McAteer is quickly establishing a partnership with Coquin de Coquerie Z, and they claimed a title win with the George Babes young rider B and C championship in a six-horse jump-off.

The seven-year-old stallion with Consul DL Vie Z/Fergar Mail bloodlines had proved consistent in 1* age classes with Tim Wilks, and Jodie got the ride in June.

Tabitha Dean claimed second on Blown Away with Will Fletcher in third on Glory Rose. Nikki Freeman picked up fourth on Kimgarwyn Bramble Boo, Holly Sharp and Pewit Oitimo was fifth and Joe Trunkfield aboard Terminator finished sixth.

Just 24 hours after taking the Buckaroo Saddlery 1.05m adventurer title, Rachael Connor and the Larino/Andiamo 10-year-old B Valeree topped the Novice Championship.

Rachael was riding in pain after another horse, Katie, had banged Rachael’s nose when jumping in the warm-up arena during this class.

“I feel like I’ve broken my nose,” she said.

Holly Hammond and Landown Illusion took second 2.33 sec adrift of Rachael’s mega-quick time. Kristy Colclough finished third on Ashwood Antalena with Rachel Vicary and Fjara fourth, Joe Nice aboard Loughnatousa McFly fifth and Gail Burchmore on All Byself sixth.

Annabel Shields landed the Equiport Supreme five-year-old title with the ultra-careful, mega-quick Gerona, a mare with Barcardi VDL/Matterhorn bloodlines.

“I moved her up to newcomer second rounds this year, the more you ask, the better she is,” said Annabel, who acquired this highly-rated mare 12 months ago.

Julie Welles eased Vienna into second with Tim Page on the eye-catching stallion Wild Balou Bill in third. Caroline Barnes claimed fourth on Model Class, Emma Stoker on Townhead Cool Cash took fifth with Sam Wall on Harriet sixth.

Exciting, exhilarating, and the spectators on the edge of their seats! The Graham Heath Equestrian 138cm Primary Supreme Championship had the lot. Lily Freeman-Attwood’s daring, risk-taking round on the equally eager My Bugsy Malone deservedly claimed the title by 1.29 sec.

“I knew I had to go for it, and I have complete trust in him, he did everything to leave the poles up,” said Lily on her forever-young pony, now 24 years of age.

Tahnia Jordan-Jones took second and third on Thyme Flies and Oakhurst In The Spotlight with Faye Sutton fourth and sixth on Fast Fun and Shutterfly. Emelia Mitchell took fifth on Little Miss Ebony finished fifth in the six-pony decider.

Two years ago, Rachel Proudley was crowned Tiny Tots champion. This year, she captured the Graham Heath Equestrian 128cm Primary Supreme title with the consistent coloured mare Painted Lady.

“I had pressure on me, I had to be clear and quick,” said Rachel, “and she helped me a lot, I was a bit tight to the last but one.”

Charlie Atkinson took second with Bunbury Conquest, Tom Francis-Jones claimed third on Major Jack with Charlotte Bevan on Kathbarr Tamara fourth. Tatiana Mauree was fifth aboard Colliyers Pal Joey and Claudia Moore and Pringle took sixth.

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