Ffion Roberts takes a commanding win at Weston Lawns
Ffion Roberts swept to a commanding victory in the pony showjumper of the year at the first pony premier of the 2017 season with Rich Faith.
Ffion, 14, and the 13-year-old mare Rich Faith tackled David Cole’s technical track with confidence and proved the only partnership to post a penalty-free round to take the top spot and qualified for the HOYS final without the need of a jump-off.
Molly Davies made just one error on the Irish-bred Ashfield Bobby Sparrow 17-year-old Cuffesgrange For Sure, but they were the fastest four-faulter to claim the second qualifying place.
Shaunie Greig was close behind for the third HOYS finalist place on the Irish 14-year-old Casino Royale VIII.
Also on four in round one, Madison Jamison took fourth on the 10-year-old Bodyssee des Avelines to qualify for the National Championships at Stoneleigh in August and another qualifying chance for HOYS.
Shaunie was in form and topped the Stable Company HOYS 138cm with Drumaclan Flight. There was no shortage of clears here, and after two rounds, the initial 56 starters were whittled down to six for the final jump-off chasing three HOYS places.
In typical speedy style, Scots lass Shaunie set off at the gallop on the consistent Irish 16-year-old mare Drumaclan Fight – fourth at HOYS and second at Hickstead in 2016 – and cut every corner to the quick to finish ahead by almost five sec.
Emelia Mitchell, 13, and the appaloosa 11-year-old Shaman Sundance picked up te second qualifying place. Claudia Moore, 12, was also treble clear on the amazing evergreen 25-year-old My Bugsy Malone for third spot.
In the past seven months, Charlie Atkinson has gone from under 10’s to top 128cm on the wonderful 16-year-old Bunbury Conquest, winning Scope festival tiny tots and Liverpool 128cm and qualifying for Hickstead with a win at South View. And at Weston Lawns, they did it again, galloping to the top spot to win with a handsome six and a half sec in hand.
Olivia Banks is off to HOYS after claiming the second qualifying spot on the Irish 13-year-old Remington Steal and Oliver Fry was also treble clear for third on the super-genuine 10-year-old Colliyers Pal Joey.
After frustratingly missing out by one place in the newcomer and foxhunter second rounds at Quainton Stud a week earlier, Lily Freeman-Attwood gained compensation in the pony Foxhunter second round at Weston Lawns, winning in fine style on Capability Brown. The Irish six-year-old answered every question for Lily, 15, to take the top spot by 0.57 sec.
A delighted Alice Weightman slotted 10-year-old Cindy VI into second place with Cleo Loizzo in third on the Irish Banner Girl – and both these partnerships also contend the Hickstead JC final in July.
A bumper 90 competitors bid for the two HOYS places in the Blue Chip newcomer second round with Amelie Bush outpacing all her rivals to take the top spot on Robin Hood Lad.
David Cole’s testing course reduced the initial entry to a more sensible number for the final jump-off, but it still left 18 chasing the two much-desired HOYS places. Nevertheless, Amelie was quick, consistent and confident to take the top spot on the Irish eight-year-old Robin Hood Lad by 3.23 sec.
Emelia Mitchell enjoyed a good weekend. Second in the HOYS 138cm on Shaman Sundance for a HOYS spot, she also picked up the second qualifying place in the newcomers on One Cool Cookie II, an Irish-bred 12-year-old competed since June last year.
Getting a second qualifying chance at the Stoneleigh National Championships was Izzy Goddard in third on Strawberry Rojo, Tatiane Mauree fourth on Horseabout Zibu and Chloe Templeton’s Still Got Me in fifth – all producing treble clears.
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