Louise Simpson was firing on all cylinders on day one ay Keysoe 2*, commandingly claiming the big class of the day, the concluding 1.40m.
From thee 44 starters, 13 posted round one clears, but two decided not to tackle the jump-off and 11 made their way to the timed decider. But no-one could match Louise. She partnered the 11-year-old Nonstop daughter Fiona V/H Lemmenshof to forge ahead into an unbeatable lead in the jump-off, winning by 3.69 sec.
Dale Burnham came closest with Doriena, a Cardento/Goodtimes eight-year-old mare, for second. Phillip Miller netted third place on the Carthino/Indoctro eight-year-old stallion Da Vinci V with Rose Moss and the nine-year-old Carlos F in fourth. Gemma Ellison took fifth with Rambler VDL and Trevor Breen eased Danique into sixth.
Recording a win by a handsome 2.39 sec, Michaela Huntington headed the 1.30m with the Asca Z/Crown Z eight-year-old mare Alegro Z, a recent finalist in the HOYS talentseekers. Michaela is now on British Showjumping’s ‘Step up to Gold’ programme, and the performance here justifies the selection.
William Rekert guided the Cicero nine-year-old Tinkerbell W into second, less than half a sec ahead of Rose Moss and the Rash R 13-year-old Weston. Laura Renwick slotted the Vagabond De La Pomme seven-year-old Shiraz II into fourth with Kate Whitaker in fifth on Eunomia and Tracy Priest in sixth on Ninja Sue.
William hit top gear in the 1.20m, ensuring victory by 0.80 sec on Daniek, an eight-year-old mare with Zelote VDL/Lux bloodlines. Rachael Connor – who enjoyed a bimper weekend at Morris winter premier, continued on her recent form with second place on the Larino 10-year-old B Valeree, just ahead of Julian Mincher with the Ultimo/Wellington eight-year-old Dolanda in third. Corinne Collins took fourth with the Zacharov/Quidam De Revel eight-year-old Dolores P, Ruairidh Bothwell was fifth on Boston Z and sixth went to Alice Dunsdon’s Sambo.
Rachael hit the top spot in the 1.10m, taking the 33-strong class by 1.59 sec on the Oklund/Lux 13-year-old Lottie III. Alexandra Moorhouse slotted the Chippson six-year-old Diamond Chip into second with third awarded to Sweden’s Catherine Silfverling Jansson on OMS Wendeliena. Gessica Gusi took fourth on Ambosell I, Elizabeth Christopher claimed fifth with April IV and Elliott Dowler was sixth on For Gotti.
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