Charlie Atkinson jumps to the top at Keysoe


Charlie Atkinson had a show to remember at Keysoe’s small pony premier, winning Saturday’s 128cm second round.

Aided by Paul Barker’s training and advice, Charlie has stepped up handsomely to top 128cm level, going from victory at Scope in the tiny tots to winning at Liverpool with wonder pony Bunbury Conquest.

They did the same here, scoring a win with a double clear, the 16-year-old ‘Questie’ answering Charlie’s every call. The consistent pair had already won at South View.

And Charlie very generously donated his prize money over the weekend – a not unsubstantial £242.50 to the charity Keeping Kate – funding Kate Anne Douglas’s cancer fight and treatment in Germany. Added to the money raised by Jessica Howard, who groomed for Charlie over the weekend, the pair donated more than £300 between them. In excess of £600 was raised altogether by other riders donating their prize money, grooms donating wages and a collection bucket. What a fantastic thing to do! Well done all. Bracelets in aid of the charity will be sold at the next pony premier show.

Oliver Fry claimed second with new ride Colliyers Pal Joey, a super-genuine Welsh-bred 10-year-old who took previous rider Tatiane Mauree to Hickstead and HOYS. Eloise Squibb claimed third aboard Ffynnonbach Sandman to join her sister Tia – who qualified at Morris on Gorm and Ban – at Hickstead. Picking up the third and final qualifying place was Izabella Rogers and Whinney Lass in fourth. Brooke Tusler took fifth on Elliot I Am.

The Squibb family dominated Sunday’s 128cm second round, Ellie Burrell-Squibb winning from her cousin Henry to fill the top two places.

It was the first weekend Ellie had tackled the second round tracks, and she did it in style! Riding My Little Liesel, a 10-year-old Irish mare she has ridden since November, Ellie provided the only clear to claim first place.

Henry guided the consistent Major Jack II – placed in all the major 2016 128cm finals with Tom Francis Jones – into second. The 16-year-old grey oined Henry in November and took second in South View’s qualifier.

Brooke Tusler took third on Elliot I Am with Tabitha Kyle fourth on Coreys Princess and Eloise Squibb taking fifth aboard Wyndham Tom Thumb.

Claudia Moore jumped to victory in Sunday’s 138cm second round to take the top Hickstead place, outpacing all rivals on the Irish 16-year-old Tullineaskey Fear Deas.

The already-qualified pairing of Madison Heath and the Irish 20-year-old Sonas Barney, winners at Morris and South View, took second, leaving the final qualifying place to Emelia Mitchell on the 11-year-old Appaloosa Shaman Sundance in third.

Jake Myers and The Agent took fourth with Paige Newton on Beauty Spot in fifth and Elica Banks sixth aboard Spending Record.

Charlie Rea Nelson topped Saturday’s 138cm Royal International qualifier, jumping ahead of all rivals to take victory on Kiltormer Dan. Charlie and the Irish 15-year-old Dan, a partnership eastablished 10 months ago, have been knocking on the door of late, with several wins and second places to their credit.

Tegan Rowlands took the second qualifying place aboard the little 22-year-old stallion Grey Palace and claiming the coveted final Hickstead pass was a delighted Jake Myers on the evergreen 24-year-old The Agent.

Marnie Green guided Koraika into fourth with Tom Francis Jones in fifth on Kiltormer Hero and Iwan Carpenter in sixth with Fancy A Baileys.

Thomas Hooper triumphed in Saturday’s British Showjumping 128/138cm handicap special with the 13-year-old Roche Valley Red Baron, pushing Charlie Atkinson into second with new ride Camizion, an Irish 11-year-old previously ridden by Poppy Deakin. Charlie also claimed fifth on Fast Fun. Red Morgan was third on Dylasau Derior with Lucy Verner fourth on Connie VII.

In Sunday’s handicap special, Charlie claimed another win, on this occasion riding Fast Fun, an eight-year-old mare he took over from Faye Sutton after HOYS. Tabitha Kyle netted second on the six-year-old Playboy van de Zoetewei. Jessica Cunnington claimed third on the 17-year-old Mojo II from Tazmin Pearson in fourth with Hambrookes Where’s Whally.

Toby Fry topped Sunday’s Graham Heath 128/138cm handicap on the 19-year-old Bubble Pop Electric. Ellie Burrell-Squibb claimed second on Mini Mouse II and Emily Notman took third on the 16-year-old Take A Chance II. Jake Myers was fourth aboard Lucky Lane Firecracker with Charlie Rea Nelson fifth on Kiltormer Dan and Claudia Moore’s Tullineaskey Feas Deas in sixth.

On Saturday in the Graham Heath handicap, Tabitha Kyle claimed the top spot aboard the Irish 14-year-old Lissduff Royal with Millicent Stennett in second on the 19-year-old Glen Wave. Rosie Collins and Thyme Flies jumped into third with Claudia and Feas Deas fourth, Ella Derbyshire in fifth on Thelma’s Gift and Megan Trott took sixth riding Romanno Mayflower.

Only three produced double clears in Sunday’s concluding 11 years and under, Noora van Bulow with Bellfield Benjamin and Pringle joining Ryan de Sousa on Flicka II in equal first place.

NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results

Photos © Jumping Around & courtesy British Showjumping

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