Ella Dalton and Pippa Curran are Blue Chip champions

A long, busy day four at the Blue Chip Championships witnessed many pony riders vying for the top spot, with one warm-up class topping 125 entries!

Ella Dalton and her handsome working hunter pony Stambrook Maestro, a 14-year-old by Tsing Lite, landed the 105-strong Animo pony discovery title with smooth turns and angled fences in a seemingly unhurried round.

“He’s amazing and so well schooled, he does flying changes, the lot, and it really helps in a jump-off,” said Ella, 15, who won by 1.03 sec with an early round in the 41-pony decider.

Alice Young and Suzie Two Coats jumped into second spot with Jenna Good on Trewithian Hawkeweed in third. Eloise Burden rode Beech Hill Arthur into fourth with Eve Stokes on Park Chanel in fifth and Elizabeth Cooper’s final draw on Tregaron Gold taking sixth place.

Pippa Curran, who is supported by Lakes Barn country clothing and Montar, outpaced all 75 rivals to take the Animo pony winter novice title on her first visit to the Blue Chip Championships. Taking the tightest of turns on the 11-year-old mare Te Amo Valentine, Essex-based Pippa, 12, who trains with Michaela Huntington, claimed the win by 1.61 sec.

Amelia Barton took second in the 14-pony decider on Badgerhill Melody with standard-setter Iwan Bartle in third aboard Ixxelle Perfect Dream. Dylan Stevenson rode into fourth place on Shannonside Molly, Lexi Opperman took fifth with Peasedown Apollo and Jessie Brown riding Dunard Clover finished in sixth place.

For full results, visit: http://www.bluechipchamps.co.uk/results/

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