Ollie Fry jumped to the top in the winter 128cm second round on day one at Arena UK’s popular small pony premier meeting, using his final draw to take victory on the 10-year-old Colliyers Pal Joey.
Twenty-three initially tackled David Cole’s 11-fence track, with nine posting round one clears and an eventual five going forward to the jump-off. But clears proved elusive in the final round, and the pressure piled on Ollie and new ride of two months Colliyers Pal Joey.
The leader was on eight faults as they entered the ring, but despite an early fence falling, Ollie kept his cool to jump the rest clear and take the win.
“He’s the best pony ever, so nice and easy and careful,” said Ollie, who had secured qualification at Keysoe.
Diminutive nine-year-old Tabitha Kyle claimed second at this her local show on the seven-year-old Borderhill William, a pony she has produced herself from a four-year-old. The pair had already qualified at Bury Farm.
Olivia’s Banks’ opening round with Remington Steal, a 13-year-old she acquired in October and previously ridden by Ireland’s Jason and Max Foley, claimed third. Olivia, another Bury Farm qualifier, credited trainer Eleni Murphy’s advice to their success.
Rachel Proudley and Painted Lady took fourth spot and Tia Squibb – who actually posted a clear in the final round on Gorm and Ban but included an extra fence, meaning elimination, took fifth.
Ella Derbyshire headed a hotly-contended winter 138cm second round on Thelma’s Gift.
From a field of 47, 18 posted initial clears and 11 made their way to the third and final round against the clock, but early riders found their nemesis in the final double, and it wasn’t until fifth-drawn Tabitha Kyle and Lissduff Royal that a clear was evident.
But Ella quickly cut short her lead, wiping almost eight sec from the time on the speedy Thelma’s Gift. And Ella was another to praise Eleni’s training skills.
“She gives me confidence. It was a tough jump-off, but I kept tight everywhere,” said Ella, who had already qualified Thelma’s Gift but picked up a qualification place on second ride Airbourne Freddie in fifth spot.
Tom Francis-Jones, 12, jumped into second on Kiltormer Hero, a 13-year-old bought in Ireland.
“He’s an amazing pony,” said Tom, who has just moved up to 138cm’s after a successful final year in 128cm on the ultra-consistent Major Jack, who was placed in every major 128cm title in 2016.
Tabitha took third on Lissduff Royal.
Jake Myers’ fast four faults on The Agent claimed fourth with Ella fifth on Airbourne Freddie and sixth going to Rosie Collins and Thyme Flies. Thomas Hooper and Misty Bay II stood in seventh spot and Emelia Mitchell picked up eighth aboard Little Miss Ebony.
Paige Newton headed the British Showjumping 128/138cm handicap special on the 14-year-old Lizs Pride, winning by just a quarter of a second. Red Morgan and Ballyhannon Celtic Grey dead-heated on time with Toby Fry’s Bubble Pop Electric to take equal second and Noora von Bu Low jumped into fourth on Bellfield Benjamin. Tabitha’ Kyle’s Strawberry Time took fifth with Naomi Howard-Batts in sixth aboard Quarry.
Jake Gibson on Llettycrudd Cardi Bach and Eloise Squibb with Wyndham Tom Thumb both stopped the clock in exactly the same time to equally share the honours in the Graham Heath 128/138cm handicap. Marnie Green’s Koraika took third with Tia Squibb fourth on Gorm and Ban in this 77-strong class. Holly Cooper picked up fifth on Mr Jack Sparrow and sixth was awarded to Olivia Banks and Remington Steal.
Connie Lane doubled up with pony British novice and discovery wins on the 10-year-old Princess Rogaire. They pushed Grace Bostock and Bits and Bobs into second in the discovery, with Frankie Naish taking third on Magnetic Attraction, Cleo Loizzo was in fourth aboard Ballincarriga Dolly and Jai Snelling took fifth on Castleblakeney King.
Connie laid claim to the top two in the British novice, winning on Princess Rogaire and taking second aboard Creagh Mol. Isobel Robinson was third on Simply Sashall with Paige Newton fourth aboard Conans Delight and Grace Bostock’s Bits and Bobs picking up fifth spot.
Molly Heaps and MJ headed the pony newcomers/1m from Georgie Marriott on Murthwaite Boy Blue. Chloe Illingworth took third on Winter Sun with Elsi Jacques in fourth, fifth and sixth on Westward Sunshine ad Strawberry Box and Trevoulter Ladies Man.
Elizabeth Bailey-Addy topped the 90cm open from Charlotte Young in second on Archers Delight. Charlie Rea Nelson’s Kiltormer Dan took third with Julia Mann in fourth aboard Lucy Mac.
Rachel Proudley galloped into the top spot of the 80cm on Silkan JJ, relegating Sarah Proudley into second on Real Cool Dude. Sarah also took fourth on Leo the Lionheart II. Megan Trott claimed third on Annandale Moonfleet and Thalia Nuttall picked up fifth with Just Ozzie.
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