Jemma Kirk is so close to winning the major 1.45m in Oliva Nova


Jemma Kirk narrowly missed out on victory in the day’s major gold 1.45m on Quelisto at Oliva Nova on week II of the MET Spring tour. Just half a sec denied theJ’Ai l’Espoir d’Elle 13-year-old the win, taken by France’s speedy Julien Epaillard on Sephora Sonzeenne.

Emma Stoker also chased hard for third place on the Tabasco La Silla 12-year-old Townhead Tallulah V. Anna Power jumped into 16th on Crack van Overis Z with clear and four, and Louise Simpson also finished on four over the two rounds aboard Fiona V/H Lemmenshof for 19th.

Jemma also claimed third with the 10-year-old Tchoupi Pironniere in the gold 1.40m, 3.56 sec behind the winner. Louise Simpson was close behind on Grafit four fourth and Emma Stoker took eighth with Shelby 12. Cressy Needs (Elton II) and David Simpson (Chessy 17) also posted clears in this speed class, and Dan Neilson clocked one time fault on Cirrus.

Louise Simpson jumped to victory in the silver 1.25m with Berlin, a Couterro U/Wolfgang 10-year-old, winning by almost four sec from Ireland’s Joanne Sloan Allen aboard Dina. Jemma Kirk eased Unissone des Saules into sixth. A pole on the floor dropped Anna Power and Fix Date down to 21st.

Second the day before, the consistent Luidam seven-year-old CSF Olympic Lady slotted into fourth in the silver 1.35m for Holly Smith. Bethanie Knight and Quenotte finished ninth with Irishmen Trevor Breen 10th aboard Enterprise and David Simpson 12th on The Jeweller. Emma Stoker (Dieg’Eau de Villee), Anna Wilks (Elizabeth), Holly on second ride Grennanstown Sarco Luxhill) and Cressy Neads (Townhead Chinton) also jumped clear.

In the gold 1.35m speed, Emma Stoker guided the Cartani eight-year-old Townhead Ballulah into seventh almost seven sec behind the pace. Ben Raistrick and Benevita finished 10th with David Simpson in 11th on Gicco. Tim Wilks (Une de Printemps) and Cressy Neads (Chinta van Geluut Z) also posted clears for 17th and 18th.

Leonne George topped the bronze 1.10m speed with the 14-year-old I Candy II with an impressive eight sec in hand. Stacey Willsone took eighth on Alsager.

In the bronze 1.20m, Gemma Wright jumped into fourth place with the seven-year-old On Board Candy, 1.24 sec behind the winner. Both Ethan Bracken (Kraque Boom HR) and Caroline Breen (Zooey) finished on one time fault each. Gemma also picked up ninth in the Bronze 1.40m on Ulrike van Overis Z on one time fault. British-based South African Genene Burnett claimed second on Vanda Versace seven sec off the pace, and 10th with Bellisimo.

Anja Jackson finished fifth in the bronze 1.30m speed with the Vaillant nine-year-old Liberty 348, more than seven sec behind the pace.

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