Laura Mantel lands the big one at Pyecombe

It was either going to go very well – or very badly. But after surviving a broken-down lorry, hastily swapping horses onto another vehicle and arriving at Pyecombe with moments to spare after enduring a frustrating motorway traffic jam, Laura Mantel shrugged stress aside to win the top-billed 1.50m aboard Glory B V at Pyecombe on day two. The win came just a week after the consistent pair topped the Welsh Master ladies title.

“The brakes seized on the little lorry, but luckily my cousin’s hubby came to the rescue,” said Laura, who had driven down to Sussex for just the one class – “It was ‘Well I’ve got here, I better win if I can!’”

Twenty initially contended and it was all about the clock as seven provided double clears, but Laura saw a ‘Superman stride’ to the last and Liz Howes’ home-bred Caretino Glory/Animo 10-year-old Glory B matched her commitment to clear the final fence with a flourish.

“She’s awesome with a massive heart,” said Laura.

Shane Breen claimed second place on the nine-year-old Ipswich van de Wolfsakker (Carembar de Muze/Quick Star) with Phillip Miller picking up third fifth and sixth on Brendon Stud’s home-bred Caretino Glory/Hamilton 11-year-old Sussex Caretino, the Berlin 11-year-old Basic and the Zidane nine-year-old Darona. Chelsea Skelton took fourth on Millfield Baloney and Ben Walker guided Da Vinci V into fifth.

Julien Feuillerac jumped to the top in the 1.30m, guiding Breen Equestrian’s 10-year-old One Kamula (Kannan/Goes without Saying) to a win in the 52-strong class. Alex Gill took second with the 13-year-old Calido Boy and Nicole Pavitt slotted the home-bred seven-year-old Don VHP Z daughter Paris 16 into third. Derek McCoppin claimed fourth with Alice Palmer’s usual ride Fanadwest Dancer, and his partner Alice rode into fifth on Whiterock Lucky Lady – usually piloted by Derek. Hayley Webster took sixth with LK Rocky.

And Derek outpaced all rivals to take the 1.20m with new ride, the 13-year-old gelding Gicco III. Samantha Penn eased the Puissance/Clover Hill 11-year-old Pusiden into second and Tracy Priest took third on Caruso D’Eres Z with David Murdoch jumping into fourth on Entesar.

Ben Walker took the win in the Foxhunter with Di Cornish’s Marius Claudius/Corrado I seven-year-old Aphrodite IV. Shane Breen slotted Old Lodge’s the seven-year-old Cayado stallion Mac Uwe with Georgina Wood in third on Sjapo le Sursaut finishing just ahead of fourth-placed Ben Dalton on EFS Petite Belle. Nicole Pavitt claimed fifth and seventh on HC Cornet and Gianni HC in this 44-strong class with Kyle Bedford sandwiched into sixth on Djunie.

Nicole and the seven-year-old Colestus stallion HC Cornet were on winning form in the newcomers, heading the 48-entry class in style to push Julien Fueillerac into second with the Balloon five-year-old Be Caprivi. Tony Pearson took third on I Spy III with Sarah Maple in fourth aboard Frankie Foxtrot, Kyle Bedford claimed fifth on Delaroche Glenniston and Kathy Willard took sixth riding Thuderbreak.

A double winner on day one, Leesa Long and the 14-year-old Tammys Girl recorded their third win at this show in the 1.10m. Tristan Fell rode into second on the Aran 15-year-old Fellside Red Dane with Scott Dollemore third aboard Kvint. Tony Pearson and Pepito D’Arsain claimed fourth, Hayley Webster’s Trevoulter Lady Utah was fifth and Adam Cove took sixth with Desperado JD.

Steven Franks triumphed in the 41-strong Discovery on Headley, a Diabeau/Animo five-year-old mare. And Steven also netted third with the Diamant de Semilly six-year-old Anderida Diablo, sandwiching Charlotte Hayes on the Numero Uno/Lux 10-year-old Luxury Number into second. Mark Fyfe eased Speedy Gonzalez Z into fourth with Conor Dunphy in fifth on Cobus B Z and Steven in sixth on third ride Anderida Askadora.

Elinor Strapp claimed victory in the 1.05m, galloping ahead on the 12-year-old mare Tequila Royale to beat all 30 of her rivals. Ronnie Jones slotted the 14-year-old mare Waydeste into second with Stephen Ayres in third on Dippyparflam. Cordelia Warburton rode Brownson M into fourth with Martin Fox on Dulf C fifth and Lisa Declerk in sixth with Cesare II.

Emily Smallman topped the 1m open with the Irish 12-year-old Tullineaskey Diamond Mate from Deborah Tighe in second aboard El Limit and Stephanie Smallman claimed third on Volcorde.

Tony Pearson cut all the corners to take the 56-entry British Novice with Emerald Cut, guiding the Graf Quidam five-year-old mare to the top to relegate Alex Bishop and the 14-year-old Hamlet daughter Winnie IV to second. Steven Franks rode Cheyenne Balloon into third with Badr Al Omran in fourth aboard Brighton Rock II, Caroline Baker fifth on Jacob 55 and Samantha Baker sixth on Millamore II.

Ella Greenside and the Cicero Z eight-year-old Jazz Dancer Rockerfeller raced ahead to take the 90cm with Caroline Smallman in second on the 22-year-old mare Shandy. Tracy Priest eased the Nonstop six-year-old No Kidding Squalls Estate Z into third ahead of Stephanie Smallman’s Volcorde in fourth.

Tracy Cottrell headed the 80cm with the seven-year-old Conamore III. Craig Hills claimed second and fourth places with the five-year-old Leyla Beech (Why Me/Its the Business) and the Fuego/Atlantus 10-year-old mare Fuegos Fair Game, sandwiching Skye Collngs into third on the Colander 13-year-old Zolander.

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