Flo Norris makes smooth moves straight to the top
On the final day of the Blue Chip Championships 2017, Flo Norris topped the concluding HorseQuest UK coral championship with smooth, tight lines at a deceptively quick pace on the Irish 10-year-old Craughwell Boy.
“He’s so easy and knows his job,” said Flo, 15, who follows trainer Lynne Bevan’s advice.
Fifteen contended the jump-off with Amelia Bush netting second spot on Robin Hood Lad 1.48 sec in arrears. Jennifer Billington claimed third on Riversdale Sioux with Lila Bremner in fourth aboard Uncle Patsy, Harriet Williams took fifth on Caherlistrane Glass and Archie Ray finished sixth with Tower Hamlets.
Elloise Smit, 13, outpaced all 32 rivals in the jump-off to take the HorseQuest UK pony sapphire title on the nine-year-old Bearnaderg Star.
The mare was bought as a five-year-old.
“She was very green but we started low and moved up together,” said Elloise, who is now tackling 1.15m tracks.
Lucy Gilder and Silver Spirit II proved 1.27 sec in arrears for second place with Lucy Blair and Whizzy Socks in third. Millie Stennett guided Abbercyppin Clancy into fourth with Paige Wright on Lucky Bay fifth and Freya Russell in sixth aboard Heartbreak Express.
Lesley Mitton is used to galloping flat out on the hunting field, and she didn’t alter the pace to take the Haygain Hay Steamers Diamond final with Heart of Savannah.
“She’s amazing out hunting, so brave, and I couldn’t showjump any other horse,” said Lesley, who began showjumping just 18 months ago.
Shannon Wilson proved two and a half sec in arrears for second on Casallasca in the nine-horse decider with Georgina Beeson third aboard Jazzy Footwork. Ellie Churnside jumped into fourth on Zohra A with Jasmine Cain riding Samma into fifth and Helen Hughes taking sixth on Ruxton Contessa.
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