Megan Taylor jumps straight to the top at Arena UK

Megan Taylor reigned supreme in the Charles Britton winter JA classic on Quantum Light at Arena UK on day one of the 148cm pony premier.Thirty-three initially contended this top-level class over a tough track, with six surviving to reach the jump-off. But Megan had it all sewn up in first draw on the Irish 18-year-old Quantum Light, setting an unbeatable target to win by 2.09 sec.

Oliver Fletcher guided the nine-year-old The Bobster into second place and Fraser Reed claimed third on the already-qualified Quilitymaes Z. A delighted Courtney Young – on her first attempt at this level – claimed fourth and a finalist place with the 16-year-old mare Fostymana VH Trichelhof.

Madison Jamison swept into an unbeatable lead on the eight-year-old Sweepstake to take victory in the Hickstead winter JC.

Sixty-three hopefuls initially chased the coveted Royal International tickets and these were whittled down to 15 clears for the second round and an eventual 10 for the high-octane jump-off. And Madison made short work of the track to take the win by more than four sec.

Shaunie Greig rode the Irish 10-year-old JJ Lucky Star, a new ride, into second and Daisy McKinlay claimed third on the 10-year-old Spot the Go Jo. As Madison had already qualified, a delighted Meg Acomb took the fourth qualifying spot on Cartron Tom, an Irish pony bought from Fiona Wingrove.

Jodie Burchmore Eames claimed the British Showjumping 148cm special 0.37 sec with the consistent Ron Burgundy. Sandy McLean rode into second spot on the 15-year-old mare Red Flamenco with Hannah Barker slotting Ammanvalley Santino in third. Ella Quigley took fourth on Mister Seamus and Ellie Sedgwick netted fifth aboard Peachy with Perdi Digby in sixth on Kayleighs Star.

Flo Norris headed the Blue Chip sparkle JC/JA on the 16-year-old Nils D Hurl Vent, taking the win by almost two sec. Sarah Mackmin on Hot Shot Bacardi jumped into second place with Izzi Ryder and Woodfield Five Star in third. Fraser Reed took fourth on Kilcloghan FG Clover, Nicole Lockhead Anderson claimed fifth on Gangnam Style II, Megan Taylor guided Cross Word into sixth and taking the last two qualifying places was Lottie Maevers on Gortahork Maeve and Billy Luther’s Creme de la Creme.

Paige Wright jumped to the top in the Squibb Group pony Foxhunter on the 14-year-old Lucky Bay, winning by 0.44 sec. Ella Ricci guided the 12-year-old gelding Access Bill into second with Tabitha Kyle picking up third on Carnaween Laura.

Molly Davies topped the 1.10m with the 12-year-old Killack King with almost four sec in hand. Amelie Bush claimed second on the 11-year-old Lady Springfield and Mayan Northway-Young secured third spot on Two Tone III.

Shaunie Greig claimed the newcomers with the six-year-old Maylam Lilly B by 2.40 sec from Isobel Stenning with Expats Commodore JP Jones. India Bussey took third aboard Keelnacally Quilletto Robuck.

Alena Hughes outpaced all to take the 1m open on the 10-year-old Pleuny Esme, relegating Amy Barrett into second on Just Like That II with Emma Arguile taking third on Chomoc.

Stephanie Dillon headed the 70cm on the 10-year-old Tubber Rose with Leila Lachguer taking second on Precious Jake and Evie Sharma slotting Charleville Silver Wendy into third.

Sofia Coope claimed the 64-strong 1m open on the 15-year-old Ronaldo XII, beating Flo Norris and Craughwell Boy into second with a three sec advantage. Madison McCrory jumped into third on Tip Top Sand.

Catherine Haurie-Moss headed the pony discovery with the 14-year-old gelding Ravens Final Chance with more than two sec in hand over second-placed Leila Lachguer’s Precious Jake. Sinead Cox claimed third on Scooby Doo III.

Macie Ray guided the 12-year-old Kells Diamond Lad into first place in the 80cm, winning by more than eight seconds. Rosie Heron netted second on Kallies Hot Opposition with Isobel Kerrigan in third on Authentic II.

Connie Lane jumped into the top spot of the pony British novice on the nine-year-old Creagh Mol with Emily Wilson in second on Laugh Key Bobby and Hannah Webber picking up third aboard Trap Queen.

Connie Mensley galloped into first position in the 70cm on the 10-year-old 128cm Gemstone Sienna with a second in hand over Ellie Ward in second on Farriers Gift. Eve Sharma on Charleville Silver Wendy and Madeleine Kerrigan shared third spot on Golden Frisky after dead-heating on time.

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