Hannah Barker hits the top spot at Bury Farm


It was a big step up, but at her first attempt in the Charles Britton winter JA classic, Hannah Barker clinched the top spot on Ammanvalley Santino on day one of the final pony premier of the season at Bury Farm.

Twenty-four hopefuls tackled the first round with eight providing initial clears, but just two came forward to the third and final round. In a head-to-head in the jump-off with Molly Davies and the Irish 17-year-old Cuffesgrange For Sure, Hannah came out on top. Although a clear was not to be found, Hannah and the 13-year-old Santino – a European pony medallist for Jess Hewitt – made just one mistake to finish on four faults.

Molly had to settle for second when For Sure came home on eight faults.

Courtney Young took third and a qualifying place with the fastest round of the roun two four-faulters on Fostymana VH Trichelhof. Lily Freeman-Attwood and new ride of three weeks Valmy de Treille took fourth with Fraser Reed on Quilitymaes Z in fifth and Kate Baxter on Bonds Glen in sixth spot.

Amelie Bush was in fighting form to take two of three qualifying places on offer in the winter JC. She outpaced all on new ride of three weeks Lady Springfield to fill first place, and also claimed third with Robin Hood Lad (pictured).

The 53 starters were whittled down to 13 for round two, and just one was lost here for a hotly-contended jump-off of 12. But only two clears were produced in the third and final round, Amelie and the 11-year-old Lady Springfield claiming victory by 4.41 sec.

A quick round by Amelie and and the eight-year-old Robin Hood Lad was marred by four faults, but they were the quickest to ensure of that vital third qualifying place.

Claudia Moore was sandwiched into second place with the only other treble clear to also claim a coveted Hickstead place on Delflip. Claudia is already at Hickstead in the 138cm final on My Bugsy Malone and Tullineaskey Fear Deas.

India Bussey took fourth on Ranchwood Latte with fifth going to Anoushka Mauree on Pauldarys Bobby’s Girl and Lily Freeman-Attwood took sixth on Capability Brown – all on hard-luck four fault stories.

Daisy McKinlay claimed the British Showjumping 148cm special by 2.87 sec on the 10-year-old Spot the Go Jo. Ella Garlick and Wild at Heart T jumped into second in the six-strong jump-off and also took fifth with Pico 212. Harry Wood took third on Cross Word with Hannah Barker’s Carlow Girl fourth and Jessica Howard claimed sixth on Claire Darwin’s Rocky Robin I.

Hannah Barker was in great form, doubling up in the Foxhunter/1.10m on a new ride, the Irish-bred 11-year-old Carlow Girl. Ella and Wild at Heart took second in the 11-pony decider, 0.92 sec in arrears. Daisy and Spot the Go Jo took third with Mayan Northway-Young and Two Tone III in fourth. Ella Quigley on Clemens 43 claimed fifth and Sienna Charles with Billy Wish eased into sixth.

Sandy McLean landed the Blue Chip sparkle JC/JA on the 10-year-old Tobar King. Fifty-seven tackled this single-phase class, with Sandy proving the quickest by just 0.09 sec. Jodie Burchmore Eames rode into second on Ron Burgundy with Perdi Digby on Kayleighs Star in third and Kate Baxter’s Bonds Glen in fourth. Fraser Reed and Jiminy Cricket took fifth, Alice Young on Suzie Two Coats jumped into sixth and taking the final two Bue Chip championships qualifying places was Jocasta Symons with Razorlite and Kiarra Hulme on Bombay III – all jumping double clear.

Casey Waisman headed the newcomers on the 11-year-old Bridge Woodie in an eight-strong jump-off, winning by 4.21 sec over second-placed India Bussey with the eight-year-old Doe Fiacra. Oliver Tuff and Heartbreaker Express II took third, just ahead of Sinead Cox on Scooby Doo. Georgina Wareham took fifth on Sharelle and sixth went to Francesca Mellor and Carramore Dot Com.

Harry Wood on the nine-year-old coloured mare Patchwork Poncho jumped to victory in the 1m, relegating Alice Bradford and the 10-year-old Zara Queen of Hearts to second by 0.90 sec. Jake Barton and Gleneaskey Touch took third with Sinead Cox Ulster Tourniere in fourth. India Bussey jumped into fifth on Ranchwood Latte and Oliver Tuff claimed sixth on Dude.

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