Adam Botham is off to Hickstead

Adam Botham is Hickstead-bound after a daring, risk-taking round to win the Winter B and C on Demograaf and claim the top spot in a hard-fought jump-off at Keysoe's development classic. The Dutch-bred nine-year-old gelding with Quasimodo Z/Serville bloodlines is a consistent winner for Adam and is already through to the Blue Chip B and C final after winning at Rodbaston last November.

“He’s epic, we’ve stepped hime up and he’s took it in his stride, I think he’s a top one,” said Adam.

Lauren Edwards chased hard to bring Andy Doswell’s Zirocco Blue VDL/Emilion eight-year-old Ella Sandra G into second to join him in the prestigious Royal International Horse Show final.

Stacey Cook came so close to qualifying but had to settle for third on the Belgian-bred 11-year-old Gigant with ‘Step up to Gold’ rider Katie Pytches and her game eight-year-old mare Jolie Fleur – a HOYS 2016 newcomers and grade C finalist. Harry Wainwright finished fifth on Dakota P with Kate Whitaker in sixth aboard Eunomia.

Lauren was in fine form and ensured her trip to this show was worthwhile with another Hickstead qualifying place. She made short work of the SEIB winter novice qualifier to take the top spot on Boston II. Lauren has produced Andy Doswell’s Pall Mall H/Bentley six-year-old since a four-year-old and was regularly in the money in Mijas, Spain, last year.

And she almost made it another! Second ride Expresso 99, a six-year-old mare with Pall Mall H/Kannan bloodlines was in with a fighting chance, but had to settle just outside the qualifying positions with third.

Sixty-nine initially contested with 28 producing first round clears and a further 15 providing double clears in this hotly-competitive class. Ruairidh Bothwell denied Lauren both tickets by slotting on the Cicero Z/Freuhlingsball six-year-old Lord Gold into second.

Dan Delsart was fourth and fifth with Drumin Jacko and Allenstown Luidam and Nick Benterman took sixth on Adorus.

Lauren claimed another win in the DDS Demolition winter 1.25m qualifier with the 10-year-old mare Carnaval Cocktail with Stacey Cook in second aboard the nine-year-old Ninola. Anja Moret and Fell Capone took third with Robert Whitaker in fourth on Cash Sent and seventh aboard Chaplin IV. Nicola Barry claimed both fifth and sixth qualifying places on True Blue III and Darien II, and Sarah Lewis took the final qualifying spot in eighth on Benny.

Twenty-three riders bid for the three Londonon Spring International qualifying places on offer in the National Winter 1.35m, with Holly Smith takng the top spot on her Puissance specialist and Irish-bred nine-year-old Quality Old Joker. Sophie Fawcett is also Excel arena bound at Easter with Winning Good, her impressive Winningmood eight-year-old who jumped in the HOYS talentseeker and Foxhunter finals last year. Simon Crippen took the third and final qualifying spot on Judy Ross’ home-bred Couleur Rubin nine-year-old Rosgan So Divine.Holly just missed out qualifying second ride Lammy Beach with fourth spot and Jordan Gann took fifth aboard Lakeland Dancer.But Holly doubled up in the 1.40m, taking the win with Jane Heerbeck’s Carolus K. A very disappointing seven only contended this class, with Miles O’Donnell taking second on Borsato.

Lisa Jones claimed victory in the Blue Chip Dynamic B and C qualifier with the Silverstone/Indoctro nine-year-old Diana P in the 26-strong class, beating Phillip Miller aboard Downes Howard’s Roulette H, a Moschino eight-year-old, into second. Sarah Lewis took third on Doonaveeragh Emma with Sandy McLean on Warhol Wulfselection Z in fourth and Nicola Barry fifth aboard True Blue III. Helen Tredwell rode Remi Argentux into sixth with the other two Blue Chip finalist places going to Michael Jones in seventh on Trezanti and and Jo Pay eighth on Ragga Muffin.

Four gained qualification in the winter grade C to qualify for the London Spring International. Mary McGuckian won on the eight-year-old mare Esspresso IV, beating Zoe Smith and Mandy McGlynn’s nine-year-old Que Sera III into second. Ruby Fryer took third on Hillcrest Amiro with Michael picking up fourth on Trezanti.

Fourth in the Blue Chip B and C, Sandy McLean claimed his own win in the concluding 1.35m with the 11-year-old gelding Warhol Wulfselection Z, pushing Liz Forrester into second with Belucci. Also jumping double clear to feature in the line-up was Lisa Jones on Diana P and Nicola Barry aboard Darien II and True Blue III.

Dan Delsart headed the first of the Foxhunter classes aboard David Miles’ Luidam/Cavalier Royale nine-year-old Allenstown Luidam, relegating Angus Smales into second on A Bit Much. Robert Whitaker eased Chaplin IV into third with Jo fourth on Ragga Muffin, Anja Moret in fifth with Fell Capone and Lisa Jones in sixth on Diana P.

Nick Benterman topped the first day’s 1.25m on the Baloubet Du Rouet 20-year-old Balanco, holding off both Robert Whitaker’s challenges. Robert claimed second on the nine-year-old DHI Able Mabel – a new ride which came from Abbie Crippen – and took third on the Verdi 10-year-ol Cash Sent. Sarah Lewis jumped into fourth with Benny and Ben Walker took fifth on Delightful Caretino.

Charmaine Hanson claimed the top two places in the initial newcomers with the Luidam eight-year-old Corbeagh Supreme and the eight-year-old mare CSF Maximum Cruise, pushing Zoe Smith and Garcia Lente into third. Angus Smales took fourth on ESI Phoenix with Jo Pay on Bridge Town in fifth.

Zoe and the Bodinus/Holland six-year-old Garcia Lente went on to take a win in the second day’s Foxhunter/grade C with Liz Forrester in second with Furst Bismark. Isabelle George rode STS Lloyd into third.

Ronnie Jones posted a win on the final day, taking the Foxhunter/grade C with the eight-year-old MHS Patriot. Jo slotted Ragga Muffin into second with Hannah Downes third on Julietta Flamenco.

Sam Reddrop took the second newcomers on the eight-year-old Stellar Skylight with Liz Forrester in second with Gassara and Hannah Downes third on Julietta Flamenco.

Victoria Wearing triumphed in the 1.10m aboard Dan Delsart’s consistent 14-year-old mare Mayspring, pushing Julian Mincher into second on new ride Gaudi II, a Ukato/Good Times six-year-old recently bought from Rachel Burr. Lowri Ball slotted Version Louvo into third with Chelsea Skelton fourth and fifth on Edwin Cumberland’s Foxisle Bruce and Foxisle Everest. Dan Delsart took sixth spot on Dashville de L’Heribus.

NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results

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