Jump to it! Tahnia tops the lot at Quainton

Hot, hot, hot! Tahnia Jordan Jones was on fire at Quainton Stud, landing victory in the Blue Chip pony newcomers and Squibb Group Foxhunter second rounds with the ultra-consistent Jumper II to take two HOYS qualifying places in one fell swoop. And at the first of the second round shows of the season, too – now that is one very good weekend at the office!

“This is totally unexpected, we only had him towards the end of last year and it took time for us to gel,” said Tahnia, who cemented her partnership with the grey gelding with good results at a recent show in Belgium.

An entry of 76 initially tackled Ian Clark’s Blue Chip pony newcomer second round track chasing the two coveted HOYS tickets on offer, and these were whittled down to 23 for a very competitive jump-off. But Tahnia, 14, had it all sewn up as the only competitor to break the 30 sec barrier on Jumper, a Dutch-bred 11-year-old by Boomer who joined Tahnia in September from previous rider Robert Murphy.

“It was a big surprise as there were so many in the jump-off, but it was great to win the first of the second rounds, especially as I’m sponsored by Blue Chip,” said Tahnia.

Clinching the second HOYS finalist pass, Allana Clutterbuck was just 0.43 sec in arrears on Sue Evans’ Atomic du Bary, a seven-year-old by Frascator Mail – a son of Jalisco B and a 5* Nations Cup ride for France’s Patrice Delaveau.

Just missing out on HOYS, Lily Freeman-Attwood took third with the six-year-old Capability Brown. Riders finishing from third to 10th – all providing triple clears – have another chance to qualify at the National Championships at Stoneleigh in August. They are fourth-placed Madison Jamison on Flavia, India Bussey, in fifth on Keelnacally Quiletto Roebuck, sixth-placed Alice Weightman’s Cindy VI, Atiya Bussey in seventh on Ranchwood Latte, Tatiane Mauree eighth on Horseabout Zibu, ninth-placed Harriet Williams riding Caherlistrane Glass and Molly Faulkner in 10th aboard Kildun Marathon.

And there was no stopping Tahnia! She certainly didn’t rest on her laurels and went all out to win the Squibb Group pony Foxhunter with the aptly-named Jumper. Thirty-three starters were reduced to nine for an exciting jump-off, and again the clock played a major part with eight providing triple clears. Tahnia was on a roll and cut every corner to the quick to get ahead to complete the double.“I had a good draw and it definitely helped, I knew I had to do all the turns to be in with a chance. He’s not the biggest but he has a huge stride and is vey quick across the ground,” said Tahnia, who now has ambitions to move Jumper up a level – “We’re going to upgrade him now and aim for a couple of JA tracks.”

Anoushka Mauree claimed the second qualifying spot with the Pauldarys Romeo/Concorde nine-year-old Pauldarys Bobbys Girl and also HOYS-bound in third place was Madison Jamison on Sweepstake – a newcomers and Foxhunter finalist in 2016.A note of sympathy for Lily Freeman-Attwood must be felt for she again missed out on HOYS by one place with Capability Brown in fourth. Again she gets a second chance to qualify at Stoneleigh’s national championships alongside Tahnia on second ride, Tania and Maia Andrews’ AKM Beech Comber in fifth, sixth-placed Oli Fletcher with The Bobster, Madison and second ride Flavia and Daisy McKinlay on Ashwey Patchwork Sparrow.

Lily had a little compensation with victory in the 148cm restricted, winning on Valmy de Treille and taking fourth with Konzales van Orchids. Oli Fletcher jumped into second with Zodianee van de Doevenbree and Elloise Smit took third on Newton Samson.

Daisy claimed victory in the initial Squibb Group pony Foxhunter/1.10m with Spot the Go Jo. Elloise popped Newton Samson into second ahead of Harry Wood on Landlord III in third. Anna Martinez took fourth with Bobnamara ahead of fifth-placed Ella Hammond on Adams Fancy.

The members cup result was a reverse of the Foxhunter/1.10m, Elloise going one better to take the win on Newton Samson with Daisy and Spot the Go Jo in second. Lily Freeman-Attwood jumped into third with Valmy de Treille ahead of Harry and Landlord in fourth.

And Elloise doubled up in day two’s members cup, Newton Samson outpacing all rivals. Lucy Swift took second on Atlantic Hill and fourth aboard Miami Carwyn with Lily Grimwade sandwicked into third on My Champagne Supernova.

Anoushka Mauree triumphed in day two’s Foxhunter/1.10m with the Orchid’s Tygo 12-year-old Westervelds Florijn ahead of Lucy Swift, again in second on Atlantic Hill. Faye Sutton jumped Glynceiriog Duke into third with Tahnia on Grantstown Rebel fourth and Oliver Tuff’s Dude fifth.

Oliver and the on-form 11-year-old Dude jumped to the top in both Blue Chip pony newcomers/1m. In day one’s class he relegated Isabelle McKinlay with Dyffryntanat Intrepid to second place. Izzy Hopkinson rode Colours of Romeo into third with Lottie Tutt on CSG Rambo in fourth and Connie Adams fifth aboard Woodhaven Toby.

On day two, Izzy Hopkinson took second with Colours of Romeo with Cassidy Jorritsma on Forest View Grey Fox in third and Oliver also picking up fourth with second ride Heartbreaker Express.

Harry Wood topped the initial 51-strong 1.05m with Patchwork Poncho, galloping ahead of Georgie Marriott and Murthwaite Boy Blue in second place. Lucy guided Atlantic Hill into third ahead of fourth-placed Sarah Mackmin on Hot Shot Bacardi and Freya Russell in fifth on Heartbreak Express.

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