Rachel Proudley was on fire at Morris Equestrian Centre’s small pony premier, doubling up on Sunday by repeating Saturday’s victory with the ultra-consistent Painted Lady IV. The little coloured mare obeyed Rachel’s every instruction with gusto to top the second of the Hickstead 128cm qualifiers.
Three riders provided initial clears with two making it to the third and final round, Rachel gaining the honours by four sec.
Taking second and a coveted Hickstead pass was the diminutive Tia Squibb, 10, in her first year tackling these big tracks. And she dismissed any nerves to guide Gorm and Ban into a fabulous treble clear.
A delighted Paige Wright, also in her first year jumping top 138cm tracks, claimed third and a Hickstead pass with Jiminy Cricket IV.
Two round-one four faulters filled fourth and fifth – Isabella Snowden on Laithehill Paisley and Eloise Squibb aboard Platinum Prince.
Madison Heath galloped into the top spot of the winter 138cm second round with Sonas Barney. A winner at Scope in one of their first competitions together, Madison and Barney have quickly established a winning partnership after Madison took over from Nicole Lockhead Anderson. The pair had already qualified after winning at South View.
At Morris, 11 gained first round clears with these reduced to seven in the second round to tackle the jump-off. But surprisingly, the clock didn’t come into play as Madison provided the sole treble clear to win – although to underscore her superiority she also produced the quickest time on the Irish 20-year-old Barney.
Holly Cooper made just one error with four faults on the Irish 13-year-old Mr Jack Sparrow, but it was sufficient for second and a Hickstead place. And Marnie Green netted third on the 15-year-old mare Koraika to claim the final ticket.
Marnie was also fourth on Myshall Duncan with Claudia Moore fifth on Tullineaskey Fear Deas.
Jake Gibson jumped into the top spot of the Graham Heath 128/138cn handicap on the 13-year-old Llettycrudd Cardi Bach, winning by three second over Corey-May Owens and Acton Roly Poly. Amy Morris took third on Madonna with Natasha Hamilton on Mr JK in fourth. Isabella Snowden jumped into fifth with Bingo Bong and Owen Carpenter slotted HHS Lady into sixth spot.
Thomas Hooper headed the British Showjumping handicap special with the only double clear on Misty Bay II in a head-to-head with Regan Weston aboard Mr Richie. Grace Shuddall Hughes took third on Ardenteggle Might with Claudia Harding in fourth aboard Cheeky Chap and Emma McCornick fifth on with Ravensdale Rossi.
Three riders jumped double clear to share first place in the 11 and under – Grace Shuddall Hughes on Solcum Donatella, Codie McGowan with Oakhurst in the Spotlight and Charlie Rogan aboard Misty Meg.
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