Lily Freeman-Attwood is unbeatable in Bonheiden

Lily Freeman-Attwood hit a purple patch at the Bonheiden Youth Festival. Already a winner earlier in the week, Lily moved up to top gear on the final day, claiming two grand prix titles.

Lily jumped to the top in the big tour 1.25m pony grand prix on new ride Valmy de Treille, a French-bred eight-year-old Kantjes Ronaldo daughter.

Fifty seven tackled round one with 13 posting a clear round, and with seven double clears recorded, the clock played a major part. But Lily dismissed any pressure and used her final draw ot maximum efect, storming into victory by 1.09 sec.

Madison Jamison chased hard with Bodyssee des Avelines to take third spot 2.10 sec in arrears and four faults dropped Allana Clutterbuck and Sultan du Bary down to eighth. A rail down in round one put Tahnia Jordan-Jones and Beech Comber in 21st.

A total of 51 contended the junior 1.40m grand prix, but such was the tough, technical track, only four riders posted initial clears to access the jump-off. Nonetheless, three again provided penalty-free rounds and it was all about the clock. But Lily had the win sewn up on the consistent Swedish-bred Etrusco 10-year-old Topspin, galloping ahead to take the title with a 0.84 sec advantage, trumping her three Belgian rivals. Just one mistake dropped two other British riders down the line, Robert Murphy on Del Fuego and Allana Clutterbuck with Urlevent du Bary posting four faults in round one for 11th and 14th respectively. Alex McHattie (Rhodonites Rowenberry) and Jodie Hall-McAteer (Colette) returned on eight.

Robert eased Kensington into fourth in the junior 1.25m speed, the finishing 3.51 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Thibault Philippaerts on Anaelle de Lojou. Isabelle George posted a steadier clear for 13th on Bandio de Romme Z. Jodie was also penalty-free with Colton Playtime to take 22nd and four faults dropped Sammy Cotton down the line on Emely B.

Ellie Hall-McAteer jumped into third in the pony 1.20m on the ever-eager, effusive Tixylix. Eleven reached the jump-off with Ellie finishing 2.13 sec behind the winner on the 19-year-old mare.

Amy Barrett and Munsboro Silver Lining was also double clear for eighth. Tahnia Jordan-Jones with Beech Comber and Madison Jamison aboard Bodyssee des Avelines were denied a jump-off chance after picking up a frustrating time fault apiece and claimed 12th and 13th. Lily with Konzales van Orchids and Madison on second ride Flavia returned on four faults and Tahnia Jordan-Jones came home on five aboard Sulan Hollywood Knight.

Photos © Jumping Around & courtesy Emmy Attwood