Emma Stoker lands the big one on the final day at the Alexanders Horseboxes Scope Festival
Emma Stoker pushed aside any pressure she felt jumping in her boss Bob Young’s feature class to land the Alexanders Horseboxes 2* grand prix aboard Townhead Tallulah.
“It’s my first ever grand prix win, it’s just amazing that Bob is here watching, too,” said an elated Emma.
Eleven from 53 starters reached the jump-off over Raf Suarez’s substantial track with Kerry Brennan and the feisty crowd favourite Wellington M setting a great target midway through the draw.
But Emma was tighter and faster, using Tallualah’s big stride to gallop to the final vertical and take victory by 1.45 sec on the Tabasco La Silla/Calvados 11-year-old Talllulah.
“She’s so consistent now,” said Emma, who this mare for three and a half years. “She was always sharp, nervous and quick, it was hard to contain her, but she’s finally settling down.”
Kerry had to settle for second with Helen Tredwell on her home-bred Larksong taking third. Joe Clayton and Conman JX finished in fourth, Leonie Aitkenhead on Clane K claimed fifth and Chloe Winchester on Avoca Valkyrie took sixth.
Holly Smith was in usual speed mode in the AGM No Dig middle tour final, a 1.40m Table C speed, taking victory on Jane Heerbeck’s Carolus K DHI 0.75 sec. Graham Babes chased hard for second place on Boucheron with day one’s winner Helen Tredwell in third on Sebastian VII.
Matt Sampson with Ivory Ter Doorn took fourth, Emma Stoker was fifth on Townhead Campus and Paul Barker claimed sixth on Sandors Legacy.
Paul Barker went home a very happy boy! After doubling up on day one of the International classes with small and medium tour wins, Happy Boy again stepped up to the plate to head the Chillout Horseware small tour final.
Emily Ward was a full sec behind on Witch for second place with James Smith and Cumina in third. Brits took 15 of the top 16 places. Charlotte Arnold and Divident SB took fourth and Emma Stoker with Shelby 12 finished fifth. British-based Lucinda Roche broke up the British whitewash with sixth on Lucky Caros and Paul Bevan eased Coco Vittorio into seventh.
Pippa Allen returned to Scope to take the HorseSolarium.co.uk four-year-old title for the second consecutive year. Last year Galerius won, this time it was Jadore Flamenco that impressed and took the title with a massive 27 point margin.
“He had everything – scope, power, brave, careful and a lovely model,” said Helen van Heyningen, who judged style, performance and technique with Nick Ward.
Bred by Anne Bedford and owned jointly with Stevie Crosby, this grey is by Je T’Aime Flamenco and out of a Corofino mare.
“He’s so scopey and so easy,” she said.
Holly Smith and Manolito P took second with Graham Babes on Ma Fleur JS third, Ben Raistrick on Heaven Can Wait in fourth, Ellen Blackburn fifth with Halo II and Isaack Koshy sixth on Elda Balou. Emma Stoker took seventh on Townhead Grand Stakkato with Emma Sargeant eighth aboard Chico De Cicero Z.
Winner on the middle day, Morgan Carpenter doubled up with the Bliss of London amateur grand prix on Merllyns Mirage, a Burgraaf nine-year-old bought from James Billington four years ago.
“She’s awesome. She was spooky, but in the last year, she has really come on,” said Morgan, who has had a busy year.
Norman Proffitt was just 0.05 sec in arrears for second on Patent with Kerstin Deakin and Cashmira in third. Chelsea Skelton on Cheleko GB Z took fourth, Kerry Grimster and Boombastic was fifth and sixth went to Dee Hayes on Casallola.
Faye Sutton, 14, posted her biggest win in the Squibb Group Dunglenn 148cm championship on the Irish 12-year-old Robe Ruadh. Sophie Bowen-Howard’s penultimate flyer on Quincy looked unbeatable, but Faye maxed on her final draw to win by 0.17 sec and lift the Dunglenn trophy – a memorial to the late Michael Mac.
“I knew Sophie was very quick, and Alan [Fazakerley] told me to go inside to the last, but I wasn’t confident in doing it, so I went round but with a dodgy shot and he [Robe Ruadh] saved me,” said an emotional, elated Faye.
Seven reached the jump-off. Sophie took second with Tahnia Jordan-Jones’ opener on Sulan Hollywood Knight in third. Drew Walton and Tequila Twist claimed fourth, Georgia Taylor-Jones took fifth on Kingstown Rebel, Emma Crawford on Moonlight Flight took sixth and Olli Fletcher with The Bobster was seventh.
Ellie Hall-McAteer – already a winner in the International section in the amateur 1.10m on Dazzle – switched to ponies to claim victory in the class sponsored by her mum – the Mandy Hall 1.15m Supreme pony championship.
Ellis has an unusual warm-up routine.
“I cannot jump a fence in the warm-up, I just have to trot round, but when he’s in the ring, he’s perfect – and he was amazing today,” said Ellie.
Georgia Taylor-Jones claimed second with her opening round on International Playboy and Fraser Reed took third on Jiminy Cricket in the 13-pony decider. Emma Crawford was fourth aboard Mullingar Bay, Serena Kullich took fifth on Kilcurry Dawn and sixth was awarded to Josie Symons and Razorlite II.
Lauren Roach clamed the Netley Hall Supreme pony novice title with Makita, an eight-year-old by the Arko son Arkan and owned by comedian Rory Bremner and wife Tessa.
“She’s straight and quick and the jump-off course suited, she can cut across fences at angles and really covers the ground,” said Lauren, who is preparing this pony for Lila Bremner and has qualified for the HOYS newcomers final.
Molly Potts Fowles took second with Ginger T and Imogen Marmont on TJ Simba claimed third. Serena Kullich slotted Ardwholihane Bouncer into fourth with Georgia Sims on Fairfax Hot Toddy fifth and Ryan Lockwood finished sixth on La Bella Ti Amo.
Charlie Atkinson left the best until last. He claimed second in the 128cm debut on Cappagh Misty and second in the 128cm primary on Bunbury Conquest, but Conquest came to the fore in the Pure Feed Company’s Tiny Tots championship to give him that win.
“He’s the greatest ever, we clicked straightaway, I trust him to go fast and turn,” said Charlie, 10, who has ridden Ria Scott’s 15-year-old for three months and trains with Paul Barker.
Poppy Deakin took second with Forever Penny, Ellie Burrell-Squibb claimed third on Kitty with Tia Squibb in fourth on Gorm And Ban. Oliver Stanley and Seehaun Sweetie took fifth with Thomas Bradburne on Runaway Dolly in sixth, Tilly Shaw and Rockbury Faccination seventh and Phoebe Eaton eighth on Bathleyhills Sea Mist.
For full International results, visit: http://www.mizoneventservices.com/#!scope-festival-2016/bxdyx
For full National results, visit: http://www.scopefestival.org/daily-results/
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