Jessica Howard is leading rider at Keysoe New Year Show

Jessica Howard enjoyed a bumper New Year Show at Keysoe, claiming four wins and the leading rider of the show.

Top ride Rocky Robin – a Connemara gelding owned by Claire Darwin – lifted the Horsequest Coral qualifier with ease under Jess’s guidance in the 20-strong class. The pair had already fired a warning shot in day one’s Foxhunter with a creditable second place.

In the Coral, Lucy Swift netted second place with Hidden Folly, jumping ahead of Daisy Proctor, in third on Holiday Chase. Lucy Price took fourth on Corries Whisky with Daisy Bathe in fifth on Renkum Bombadier. Filling the final three qualifying spots was Megan Maguire’s Mi Flamenca, Anna Price on Sile Na Gig and Amelie Bush aboard Robin Hood Lad.

Jess scored a hat-trick with the consistent Ryehill Joseph, a new ride of two months, taking an early discovery class before heading both the Animo winter discovery and Horequest UK Sapphire in fine style to qualify for both Blue Chip finals.

The wins earned Jess the leading rider award, with Abigail Dorset taking second on her multi-winner Dark Aurora with Sam Dunning and Rathmmore Bob in third.

A beautifully ridden and well-judged round in the jump-off of the Sapphire qualifier earned Jess and Ryehill Joseph the top spot, with second going to Lucy Swift’s Hidden Folly. Sophie Curtis guided Californian Class Act into third with Madison McCrory and Tip Top Sand taking fourth place. Molly Faulkner finished fifth on Kildun Marathon and taking the final qualifying places was Millicent Stennett in sixth on Abercippyn Clancy, Cerys Withey on Dark Castle in seventh and Robyn Woodward eighth aboard Rudgeway Maestro.

In the Animo discovery, Anna Price rode Precious Gem II into second place, finishing just ahead of Elizabeth Cooper in third with Tregaron Gold. Isabelle Thomas netted fourth place on Machno Dyfrig and Jemima Corrett jumped into fifth on Sellernane Lad. Taking the final three qualifying positions was Izzi Ryder in fifth with Cuilin Dun, Isobel Birchall with Lady Geneva and Holly Hughes’ Toytown Jasper.

Jess had begun her onslaught of victories in the pony discovery, winning with Hannah Le Grand’s Ryehill Joseph despite several challenges in a strong class. Isabelle Porter took second aboard Ballyfinane Jazz with Gaby Sumner in third on Pigbush Joseph. Lois Logan took fourth with Eastleigh Aero, Izzi and Cuilin Dun finished fifth and Mia Cleary slotted Kaellies Hot Opposition into sixth place.

Courtney Young is Hartputy-bound in 2017 after triumphing in the Blue Chip Pro Sparkle JC/JA with Fostymana VH Trichelhof. Anoushka Mauree jumped into second with new ride Miami Moonbeam, a HOYS newcomer and Foxhunter contender with previous rider Nicole Kershaw. Cleo Loizzo took third on Banner Girl with Amelie Bush fourth on Robin Hood Lad. Taking the final three qualifying places was Megan Taylor on Cross Word, Daisy McKinlay on Buddy Love and Elloise Smit aboard Newton Samson.

Louise Arnold claimed the top Blue Chip qualification spot in the Animo novice with Perfect Percy. Annabel Shoosmith and Sparkling Starlight took second, just ahead of third-placed Molly Heaps on First Date III. Archie Ray eased Dunlewey Petruchio into fourth, Brooke Tusler took fifth on Cuddle Me Elmo and Isobel Stenning claimed sixth on Expats Commadore JP Jones. Taking the final two Blue Chip qualifying places was Lara Gorse on Topsy Timothy and Ellie Bownes with Annaghmore Whirlwind.

Allana Clutterbuck notched up a double in the initial Foxhunter and 1.10m classes aboard the suffixed du Bary ponies owned by Sue Evans. Sultan du Bary jumped into the top spot of the 1.10m open, pushing Izzi Ryder on Woodfield Five Star into second. Ella Garlick on Wild at Heart T finished third with Megan Taylor fourth on Landlord III and Lily Grimwade fifth on My Champagne Supernova.

Atomic du Bary headed the Foxhunter for Allana, relegating Jess and Rocky Robin into second. Lottie Tutt and Kanclaudius took third with Tahnia Jordan-Jones slotting Ardwholihane Bouncer into fourth.

Claudia Moore claimed a victory double. She netted first and second in the winter 128cm on Pringle and Peppino Il Grande before travelling up to Liverpool to take second with Peppino in the Squibb Group 128cm to record her final 128cm competition.

And Claudia also headed the winter 138cm on new ride My Bugsy Malone, the brilliant, evergreen pony she acquired after HOYS. Rosie Collins took second on Thyme Flies with Tom Hooper on Musty Bay in third and Tom Francis-Jones picking up fourth and fifth with Kiltormer Hero and Myerscough Maple.

In the second of the 128cm classes, Tatiane Mauree netted the top spot on Colliyers Pal Joey with Jake Barton second on Leo the Lionheart II. And on the final day, Eloise Squibb took the win on Gynnonbach Sandman with Olivia Banks second on Remington Steal.

In day two’s 138cm, Courtney Young and Darosa D Amour took the win with Emelia Mitchell in second on Little Miss Ebony. Patrick Thurston finished third on Tyanna Earl Grey, Elicia Banks was fourth aboard Spending Record with Tegan Rowlands fifth on Grey Palace and Anoushka Mauree sixth with Milou Delagrange.

Holly Cooper claimed the final 138cm with Mr Jack Sparrow. Emelia Mitchell was second on Shaman Sundance with Thomas Hooper in third on Misty Bay and Patrick Thurston fourth aboard Tynan Earl Grey.

Abigail Dorset was in form. She headed the 80cm open with Inverin Bobby ahead of second-placed Georgia Cattermole on Wise Dennis. Oliver Stanley took third aboard Seehaun Sweetie with Inkia Piper-Dadswell fourth on Millersford Grace and Favour.

Abigail doubled up in the 90cm open, taking the top spot on her Scope Festival winner Dark Aurora, and also claimed fourth with Bobby. Sam Dunning was second on Rathmore Bob and Isabelle McKinlay netted third on Manninard Seabird. Isabelle was also equal fifth on Dyffryntanat Intrepid after dead-heating with Georgia and Wise Dennis.

And Abigail scored a hat-trick when winning day two’s 90cm open with the speedy, ultra-consistent Dark Aurora. Isabelle and Manninard Seabird eased into second ahead of Georgia Mitchell in third on Giselle Stormstar. Sam and Rathmore Bob took fourth with Ryleigh Kendle fifth on Stadmorslow Angel and Luct Swift’s Hidden Folly in sixth.

Abigail almost made it four, but had to concede to second on Dark Aurora in the 1m. Daisy McKinlay took the win on Spot The Go Jo and Antonia Platt took third with Bonnie Lass. Isabelle and Manninard Seabird took fourth, Tahnia Jordan-Jones finished fifth on Jumper and sixth went to Claudia Moore’s Delflip.

Daisy was another in winning form and also won day two’s 1.10m, commandingly taking the top two places Cranford Jack and Spot The Go Jo. Izzi Ryder claimed third with new ride Mullingar Bay – formerly ridden in the HOYS newcomer and Foxhunter finals by Emma Crawford. Katie Waldock-Smith took fourth on Clailu Saffron and Archie Ray was fifth with Tower Hamlets.

After taking second and fourth in earlier classes, Sam Dunning finally claimed the win he was after on Rathmore Bob in the final 80cm open. Georgia Cattermole slotted Wise Dennis into second with Abigail in third and fourth with Dark Aurora and Inverin Bobby. Megan Maguire finished fifth on Keelnacally Quilleto Robuck.

Ellie Sedgwick landed both the final pony newcomers and 1m open with Peachy and Buzz Lightyear VII. Daisy and Spot The Go Jo finished second in the 1m with Abigail and Dark Aurora third. Maia Andrews and Miami Carwyn jumped into fourth with Daisy Proctor and Apaches Balze fifth.In the newcomers section, Lucy Swift took second on Hidden Folly, Victoria Gilder finished third on Cohla Mid-Knight and Daisy Bathe took fourth and fifth with Ballyboran and Pumpkin Pie.Izzi Ryder topped the 148cm restricted on new ride Woodfield Five Star, jumping ahead of Lottie Tutt on her HOYS newcomers champion Market Angel.Tom Bird triumphed in day two’s pony Foxhunter aboard Fury D Euro with Megan Maguire on Mi Flamenca in second. Casey Waisman finished in third on Bridge Woodie with fourth awarded to Cleo Loizzo and Banner Girl, Amelie Bush finished fifth with Robin Hood Lad and sixth went to Tom on second ride Brockington Jessie Hall.

Jessica Curry claimed the pony discovery on Lisbigney Flicka from the on-form pairing of Jessica Howard and Ryehill Joseph. Catherine Haurie-Moss jumped into third with Ravens Final Chance from fourth-placed Oliver Preston on Crabbswood Zizania. Anna Price took fifth on Precious Gem with sixth award to Harriet Beeby Wynn on Special Someone and Chloe Illingworth took seventh aboard Mulinavat Primrose Hill.

Tahnia Jordan-Jones won the pony newcomers on Ardwholihane Bouncer from Rosie Collins aboard Ravens Silver Cloud. Madison McCrory jumped into third on Tip Top Sand with Millicent Stennett in fourth on Abercippyn Clancy, Lottie Tutt was fifth aboard Nike Van De Delthoeve and Lucy Swift finished sixth on Hidden Folly.

Brooke Tusler topped the first pony British novice on Erganagh Kittiwake, pushing Annabel Shoosmith into second with Sparkling Starlight. Ten ponies posted double clears, with Joseph Carrington in third on Finbar, Caitlin Sedgwick in fourth on Red Rhapsody, Chloe Gunning and Aughnakeeragh Jacob in fifth, Oliver Preston taking sixth with Wizz Pop Wizard and Ellie Wood, seventh on Stonepark Ellie.

Holly Hughes topped the final British novice with Toytown Jasper, relegating Lilly Dodds into second on Pedlars Oath. Lara Gorse’s Topsy Timothy took third with Mia Cleary in fourth on Kaellies Hot Opposition and fifth going to Ellie Bownes and Annaghmore Whirlwind.

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