Lily Freeman-Attwood hits form in Bonheiden


Lily Freeman-Attwood slotted Topspin into second in the junior 1.30m in day one at Bonheiden Youth Festival, but that proved just a warm-up.

They hit top form on day two, the 10-year-old Eltrusco daughter answering every question for Lily for a half sec victory over Belgium’s Thibault Philippaerts on Gloria de Wulfselection.

Allana Clutterbuck jumped two nice double clears to claim fifth and sixth the nine-year-old Urlevent on du Bary (Hurlevent de Breka/Corrado II) and the 15-year-old stallion Vitaal G (Orame/Corrado I). Robert Murphy picked up one time fault in the second phase for 12th on Del Fuego and British-based Russian Arina Abramovich posted a similar result on Dino for 13th with Jodie Hall-McAteer in 14th aboard Colette on clear and four.

On day one, Lily – who spent a week at Guy Williams’ French base just before this show – and Topspin settled for the runner-up spot, finishing 1.18 sec behind the winning time. Allana jumped a steady clear on Urlevent du Bary to finish down the line.

Brits dominated the initial pony 1.05m with the top four places, Tahnia Jordan-Jones commandingly claiming the top two places on the 13-year-old Sulan Hollywood Knight and the 11-year-old Jumper. Daisy McKinlay eased Spot the Go Jo into third with Oliver Tuff fourth on Oakwood Daisy. Daisy also picked up 18th on Craanford Hairy Molly with Molly Davies in 19th on Killack King.

Oliver also tackled the children-on-horses 1.20m, finishing 17th on Idocus van de Bisschop.

In the bigger pony class on day two, Allana jumped into third spot on the Versailles II 11-year-old Sultan du Bary, finishing fractionally behind Ireland’s Harry Allen on Aughnashammer – a 2015 European British team gold medal winner for Charlotte Ash. Belgium’s Gilles Nuytens on Nibor took the win. Daisy McKinlay on Craanford Hairy Molly finished 10th, Madison Jamison on Bodyssee des Avelines took 13th and Allana slotted Atomic du Bary into 21st in this competitive speed class.

In day two’s small pony class, Denmark filled the top three places with Madison Jamison claiming the best British place with seventh on Sweepstake, 1.46 sec behind the winning time. Amy Barrett and Cobra Kaa took 10th with Madison on Flavia in 19th, Amy Cox aboard Ulster Tournerie took 20th with Ellie Hall-McAteer on Tixylix in 23rd and Toby Dean’s Atlantic Hope 25th – all posting double clears in the hotly contended class.

Jocasta Symons posted victory in the children-on-horses on day two, winning the speed class by the narrow margin of 0.03 sec on the 10-year-old mare Concordette RR (Lord Z/Fuego du Prelet). They relegated Belgium’s Bo Fievez on Irona’s Twinkeling to second spot.

In the junior 1.20m two-phase, Sammy Cotton and the Clinton I/Corland eight-year-old Emely B proved 1.92 sec off the pace for third place. Jodie Hall-McAteer popped into 11th on Irish-bred seven-year-old Colton Playtime with Alex McHattie on Rhodanites Rowenberry in 14th and Isabelle George was also double clear aboard Bandio de Romme Z for 16th. Alex also picked up 23rd on Sonata with clear and four.

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