Sienna Charles claims a magic win at POYS

While her brother Harry was taking the Welsh Masters grand prix title at the David Broome Event Centre, Sienna Charles was claiming a title of her own at Bury Farm’s popular Pony of the Year Show. She rode to victory in the top JA grand prix with the only double clear in the eight-pony decider on the Miraculix nine-year-old Magic Cornflakes. Although almost half of the startlist reached the jump-off, clears were almost non-existent, but Sienna dismissed any pressure to again provide a clean sheet. She utilisied one added advantage – her Olympic gold medallist father Peter had left Harry in Wales to join Sienna and provide winning advice – and not only did she provide the only clear, she was the quickest by five sec.

They only made one mistake, but four faults dropped Faye Sutton – winner of 2016’s 138cm grand prix on Shutterfly – and Robe Ruadh to second. Courtney Young and Fostymana VH Trichelhof took third with Olli Fletcher and The Bobster fifth and Sophie Bowen-Howard on Stars Surprise in sixth.

Claudia Moore had two in the six-pony jump-off of the 138cm grand prix, and galloped to victory on the 16-year-old Tullineaskey Fear Deas. The lure of the clock proved too strong for some and only two provided a third clear round, Claudia finishing in front by an impressive 2.56 sec. Holly Cooper and the 13-year-old dun Mr Jack Sparrow jumped into second place with Madison Heath in third on The Jacaloupe. Emelia Mitchell took fourth on Shaman Sundance and Claudia also picked up fifth on My Bugsy Malone withsixth going to Ella Derbyshire and Thelma’s Gift.

Charlie Atkinson celebrated with another 128cm title on the ultra-consistent 16-year-old Bunbury Conquest. The pair – winners of the Scope Festival tiny tots and Liverpool 128cm – triumphed with style. Only four survived the first round and another was lost over the second, raised track to provide a jump-off of three. But Charlie had the third round sewn up with 1.11 sec to spare. Isabella Snowden laid claim to second with the only other treble clear on the 15-year-old Laithehill Paisley and Rachel Proudley jumped into third with a fast four faults on Styx Evo III. Isabella also took fourth with four faults in round two on Penchwintan Glynle.

Olli Fletcher topped the children-on-horses grand prix with the Quasimodo VD Molendreef/Voltaire nine-year-old Dahar in an 11-strong decider. It was all about the clock as five posted double clears, but Ollie was the quickest by 0.88 sec, relegating Bobbie Heath on the Heartbreaker/Libero H 15-year-old Venus III into second. India Bussey took third on Billy Coleman with Jai Snelling in fourth and fifth on Beluga and Larocco A. Molly Davies claimed sixth on Bayard IV.

Lily Freeman-Attwood headed the POYS five and six-year-old championship on Capability Brown, an Irish-bred six-year-old and a Hickstead JC finalist. Nine of the 22 starters reached the jump-off, with Lily showing a clean pair of heels to win by 0.71 sec.

Ria Comins brought the five-year-old Elvira into second with with Lottie Tutt on CGS Rambo taking third and Patrick Thurston fourth aboard Karino Z. Izzi Ryder and Cuilin Dun took fifth just ahead of Alexandra Wilson and on Dunard Dexter.

Rosie Atkins claimed victory in the seven-year-old on Blakney Lad II, winning in the final draw of the five-pony jump-off with the only double clear. Lila Bremner and Lapislazuli took second with Sienna Charles on Billy Wish in third. Isobel Stenning took fourth on Dunluce Rolling Thunder and Sinead Cox picked up fifth with Scooby Doo.

Noora von Bulow scored her biggest win in the 11-year-old and under grand prix with Bellfield Benjamin, topping the 36-strong class by just 0.06 sec. Twenty-one reached the jump-off but only seven went clear again in the competitive second round, Noora claiming a slight advantage over Millie Hale, in second on Stafford. Rosie Brotherton was hot on their heels to finish third on Manordeilo Cardinal’s Dream and Ella Kennedy claimed fourth on Summer Hill Jack. Lucy Gilbertson slotted Queensdale Fascano into fifth, sixth went to Phoebe Farman and Treown Baby Blue and providing the seventh double clear was Sarah Proudley on Painted Lady – elder sister Rachel’s HOYS 2016 winner.

Izac Ketteridge headed the novice pony classic on Bob Harley, relegating Pebbles Pullen and Iceford Little Miss to second. Mia Gill was third on Sunset Saphire with Hadley Clarke in fourth aboard Tirnaskea graffa Master, Talia da Prato fifth on Right Proper Charlie and Beau Ottley sixth with Kissemmie Chatterbox.

Jessica Walker jumped to the top in the introductory classic on Kilgarvin High Flyer. Ewan Watts took second with Hawaiian Sunset with Connie Lane’s Creagh Mol in third and Charlotte Nield fourth on Wilma Star. Joseph Carrington was fifth aboard Finbar and Amelia Hay was awarded sixth spot on Little Tywysog Edward.

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