Fraser Reed wins the JA classic at Morris
Fraser Reed out-jumped them all to take victory in the Charles Britton Equestrian Construction winter JA classic on Quilitymaes Z at Morris Equestrian Centre’s 148cm pony premier.
Only four of 26 provided initial first round clears to access the second round, with Fraser claiming two of the rides – Qualitymaes and Kilcloghan DG Clover. But only two clears were evident in round two, and Fraser was pitted against fellow Scot Shaunie Greig in a two-way decider.
But he kept his cool to guidethe Quilot Z 16-year-old mare Quilitymaes into a 1.08 sec lead.
Shaunie claimed the second qualifying place on Casino Royale VIII, an Irish 14-year-old she took over in August. Bobbie Heath claimed the third qualifying spot with the 17-year-old Air Flow on four faults in round two with Fraser in fourth aboard Kilcloghan DG Clover.
Madison Jamison topped the winter JC to return to Hickstead for another crack at the final with Sweepstake. The pair jumped around Hickstead arena for four faults in 2016. In Scotland, they produced a treble clear to win by two sec.
Twelve from 39 starters produced initial clears, with these reduced to 10 for a hotly-contended jump-off – all chasing the three Hickstead tickets on offer.
Elizabeth Baker netted the second qualifying spot on the skewbald 10-year-old Okehurst Colour Code. And Libby Hounslow riding the Dutch nine-year-old Uncanny – winner of the HOYS Foxhunter championship for Robert Murphy in 2016 – took third to ensure of a Royal International place.
Tahnia Jordan Jones took fourth on the 11-year-old Jumper with Madison Jamison on second ride Flavia in fifth and Holly Grimwade picking up sixth aboard Bearnaderg Clover with the last of the treble clears.
Nicole Lockhead Anderson topped the Blue Chip pro sparkle JC/JA with a commanding four sec win on Pochantas, a nine-year-old mare by Castleforbes Noe and already qualified for the winter JA classic after winning at South View.
Sandy McLean took second on the Irish eight-year-old Mountmary Edna with Darcy Holmes guiding Lynncot Fancy Pants in third. Harry Wood claimed fourth on Landlord III with Sandy on second ride Red Flamenco in fifth and Isabel Lindsay sixth aboard Quantico.
Only 12 contended the British Showjumping 148cm special, but Harry and new ride Landlord – a Just the Business II/Landwind II B 11-year-old – proved no match for their rivals and claimed victory by two and a half sec. Sandy took second on the Irish 16-year-old Castle Hill Clover with Hannah Barker and Ammanvalley Santino – a European pony for Alex Gill and Jess Hewitt – in third. Isabel and Quantico took fourth just ahead of fifth-placed Billy Luther on Creme de la Creme.
Sandy claimed a double with the Foxhunter/1.10m and the newcomers. He took the top two places in the Foxhunter/1.10m, winning on the 14-year-old Midnight Minuet and taking second with the Irish 11-year-old stallion Kippure Lancelot, 2.74 sec separating the two.
Hannah and Ammanvalley Santino dead-heated on time to share third place with Charlie Rogan on AG Dynamo and Jenna Ross was fifth with Braveheart Warrior.
And Kippure Lancelot won the newcomers with 0.89 sec in hand over Elizabeth Baker and the Belgian-bred six-year-old mare Latinka TJ van Overis. Anneliese Aitken took third aboard the nine-year-old Charlie’s Lite and Casey Wasiman was in fourth on Bridge Woody. Charley Hamilton claimed fifth aboard Double Trouble II just ahead of sixth-placed Chloe Templeton on rockmount Casper.
Katie Woods Young headed the 1m open on Apache Joe with Isla Campbell in second on Kildea Hero. Olivia Gillespie claimed third on new ride Katies Grey and Molly Bennett took fourth on Mr Bojangles III, just ahead of Nicole Lockhead Anderson in fifth on Running Bear.
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