Rachel Proudley and her HOYS winner Painted Lady IV now have Hickstead in their sights after winning the winter 128cm second round at Morris Equestrian Centre. They were consistent throughout to provide the only treble clear and take the class, with the feisty mare punctuating the win with her trademark buck.
Amy Morris netted the second qualifying place on Royal Damask, a 13-year-old mare she took over in November from Iwan and Owen Carpenter.
Five initial clears with three eventually reaching the jump-off, and as third-placed Owen on Brookhall Glimpse had already qualified at South View, the coveted third Hickstead place was handed down. It was Amy Morris’ day. She picked up fourth and a second qualifying spot on second ride Madonna with four faults in round two. Rachel Proudley was the only other round one clear on Styx Evo and also finished on four in the second round to take fifth.
Rosie Collins sealed her new partnership with Anastasia Snook’s Thyme Flies with a win, claiming the top Hickstead 138cm qualifying place on Saturday.
Rosie took over the Irish 15-year-old in October and they soon hit form, taking victory in a 138cm first round at Brook Farm in November. At Morris, they took command with 1.02 sec in hand over the consistent pairing of Shaunie Greig and Drumaclan Flight, who qualified at South View.
Claudia Moore eased My Bugsy Malone – an amazing 25-year-old she picked up at HOYS – and Mya Roxburgh Caira on Paddy’s Pet II took fourth and the final qualifying spot, handed down at Shaunie had already qualified. Five had reached the jump-off with fifth going to Shaunie and Buttons Two – a winner at South View and therefore also through to the Hickstead final.
Iwan Carpenter and Follow Jazzy Lady – already through to the Hickstead 138cm final after taking qualification at South View – topped the Graham Heath 128/138c handicap. The pair easily claimed the win with more than two sec in hand in the hotly-contended class which produced 22 double clears. Charlotte Bevan claimed second on Cappuccino IV ahead of third-placed Charlie Rae Nelson and Kiltomer Dan. Madison Heath finished in fourth and fifth on Sonas Barney and The Jacaloupe with Amy Morris and Royal Damask in sixth.
Charlotte claimed a win of her own in Saturday’s concluding British Showjumping 128/138cm handicap special, Cappuccino IV forging ahead to take victory by almost four sec. Charlotte has only competed the 18-year-old Irish mare since December, and this marked their first win.
Only four initial clears were provided with Isabella Snowden and Bingo Bong taking second from third-placed Abbie Letham on Noahs Lady and Natasha Hamilton jumped into fourth on Mr J K. Charlotte and second ride Minkano picked up fifth spot with the fastest four in round one.
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