Entries were at bursting point at the popular All England Jumping Championships, Hickstead, with some classes topping one hundred competitors on day one.
David McPherson headed day one’s All England 1.40m open on Dicas, a Diarado/Cassini I seven-year-old he has ridden since February.
Stuart Neads guided the Lordanos sired Lordanos Junior into second place, and Stuart’s wife Cressy claimed fifth on Chintan. Jane Annett and the Irish-bred Pallas Masterclass took third, just ahead of Paul Bevan on the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve eight-year-old Deangelo II. Alex Thompson took sixth on Claddagh Iroko with Guy Williams seventh on Depardieu Vant Kiezelhof to ensure grand prix qualification in this mammoth class which witnessed 105 starters.
Nicola Wilson doubled up with wins in the 1.30m and the six and seven-year-old qualifier. Nicola eased the Verdi/Heartbreaker nine-year-old Naomi 55 into the top spot in the 1.30m. Steven Franks netted second with the Billy Congo daughter Holly Congo and Zoe Adams took third on Miss Piccachu. Nicola Bates and Warren Miss Contendro took fourth with Ruby Fryer in fifth on Didante and Guy Williams sixth aboard Golddigger.
In the 80-strong six and seven-year-old, the Graf Top/Raphael six-year-old Viktor Krum came to the fore for Nicola, winning the £200 first prize. David Murdoch on the six-year-old mare Fojito took second with Sunniva Sunde third aboard Lislan Flamenco. Phillip Miller slotted Roulette H into fourth with Ben Walker fifth on Lady Warrior and Alex Thompson sixth aboard Cathalina.
Ben Walker topped the Connolly’s Red Mills newcomer qualifier on Brendon Stud’s home-bred Native Warrior, a six-year-old mare by Warrior and out of a Maestro Nativio mare. Jade Baxter took second on the Billy Congo/Cruising six-year-old Billy On Edge with Michaela Huntington aboard Gina Trojka S, a For Fashion/Emilion five-year-old, in third. Kallum Fletcher on Our Pleasure took fourth, Freddie Park was fifth on Americano and Nicole Pavitt took sixth aboard Fae Singapore.
Leesa Long claimed three of the top six places in the All England 1.20m amateur qualifier. She took first on Saber, third with LVS No Doubt and sixth on Britannicus. Romilly Simmons sandwiched In The Mood VHK into second. Julian Mincher took fourth on Risk It with Charlotte Foreman and Tubbercurry Lass in fifth.
Deborah Scott-Garrett headed the All England 1m on the 19-year-old Dancing Queen X. Megan Davies took second with the Hemmingway 12-year-old Zescheron and Holly Carter eased the nine-year-old gelding Tambrook Surburban Knight into third. Guy Elson was fourth on That Will Do Squire, Anna Spittle took fifth aboard Lowmoor Thief of Hearts and Emma Bartter claimed sixth on Elles Extreme.
Full results can be found at: http://www.hickstead.co.uk/entries-and-results/the-all-england-jumping-championships/
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