Ellie Burrell-Squibb takes the top spot at Bury Farm
Ellie Burrell-Squibb built on her win on My Little Liesel at Keysoe a fortnight ago, and repeated the victory in the final day’s winter 128cm second round at Bury Farm’s small pony premier.
Four of the original 16 tackling the course jumped clear and these were reduced further to three for the final jump-off, Ellie not only producing the only clear but also recording the fastest time to make a commanding win.
Ellie is in her first year in top level 128cm classes and only got the ride on the 10-year-old Liesel in November, quickly going from springboard and 70cm to second rounds in the space of just two months.
Tabitha Kyle, already assured of a Hickstead place after taking second on Borderhill William in Saturday’s qualifier, repeated the feat to again. She took the runner-up position on the seven-year-old pony she has produced for the past 18 months from British novice.
Eloise Squibb – cousin of Ellie – claimed third with Wyndham Tom Thumb. This result records the third pony Eloise has qualified for Hickstead – she qualified the 10-year-old Appaloosa Platinum Prince just 24 hours earlier and Fynnonbach Sandman qualified at Keysoe.
Annabell Sanderson – on four faults in round two – took fourth with Elith, a 14-year-old skewbald she took over 18 months ago from Holly Truelove.
Jake Myers has quickly established a partnership with the 24-year-old The Agent, and the pair topped the winter 138cm second round in commanding style.
A total of 33 jumped the initial round with the nine jumping clear whittled down to an eventual six for the third and final round. And Jake, who took over the ride on the experienced schoolmaster The Agent from Izzi Ryder in November, snatched the top spot with more than six seconds to hand.
Thomas Hooper guided Misty Bay II into second for the other Hickstead qualification pass. Thomas took over the ride on the 14-year-old mare – a winner of the Hickstead final with Joshua Bridge in 2013 – from Madison Jamison nine months ago and has quickly progressed from intro 90cm and stepping stones to making the debut in top level 138cm this year.
Red Morgan and Dylasau Derior also provided a treble clear to take third with Iwan Carpenter fourth aboard Fancy A Baileys. Paige Newton slotted Beauty Spot into fifth with Harriette Jones and Kilpatrick Fiona taking sixth spot.
Naomi Howard-Batts was triumphant in the British Showjumping 128/138cm handicap special, claiming victory on Quarry by exactly one second in the five-pony decider. Corey May-Adams on Acton Roly Poly took second with the only other double clear. Jessica Cunnington and Brookshill Orla eased into third with Lucy Verner on Connie VII in fourth and Harriette Jones’ Longslade Picasso taking fifth place.
Olivia Banks and Remington Steal headed the Graham Heath Construction 128/138cm handicap by 1.88 sec. Elica Banks and Ferrybank Roy jumped into second with Ellie Burrell-Squibb taking third on My Little Liesel in their warm-up for the big 128cm class. Fracnesca Mellor and Orchid took fourth with Paige Newton fifth on Beauty Spot and Thomas Francis-Jones on My Gem Pearle in sixth in the 46-strong class.