Jodie Burchmore Eames hits immediate winning form in Opglabbeek

Jodie Burchmore Eames hit flying form on day one at the Youth Festival, Sentower Park, Opglabeek in Belgium, to head the children-on-horses 1.25m with Casti Aneira. Seventy-seven contended, but that didn’t deter Jodie and she outpaced the lot on the 10-year-old Lupicor daughter to win by 1.66 sec.

“I didn’t hold back, I went all out to win,” saif Jodie, who has taken over the speedy mare from elder sister Abbe Elliott.

Anneliese Aitken with the Obos Quality eight-year-old MHS Walk the Line took seventh with a steadier round with Oliver Tuff on the 16-year-old Elektrik in 10th and Angel Tough’s Aldatus 14-year-old Corgary Atoz in 13th. Anneliese was also clear on Zorland for 18th and also returning penalty-free was Holly Truelove on Golly Girl, Matilda Lanni with Newbridges Master Brown, Hannah Barker on Cartouche II and Angel with second ride Callumbus.

In the children’s 1.15m, Oliver Tuff eased the eight-year-old Cendara de Mies into third, finishing 0.65 sec behind the pace in the seven-strong jump-off.

Taisie de Gruchy jumped into second in the junior/young rider 1.30m two-phase section A on the nine-year-old Hoodshill First Look, finishing just a quarter of a sec behind the winner. Joseph Stockdale on the Lord Z 10-year-old Lady Bird and Leonie Aitkenhead aboard the Berlin nine-year-old D/Millfield Darin came home clear for 15th and 16th.

In the section B 1.30m, Charlotte Ash guided Galant van het Vijverhof into fifth some two sec behind the pace. Bobbie Heath and Floretta took 16th and James Whitaker was 23rd on Fandango with clear and one time fault.

Jordan Gann jumped into seventh in the junior 1.35m with the 11-year-old mare Lakeland Dancer, the pair jumping a steady double clear to finish six sec behind the pace. Olivia Poole took ninth on Corlando of Cavallini and also jumped double clear on second ride Connery for 21st.

Aimee Jones posted a steady double clear with the 13-year-old Never Last (Napels/Ramiro) in the young riders 1.40m for 15th. Switzerland’s Joel Kurmann took the win on Tarzan de Thurin. James Whitaker on Glenavadra Brilliant and Theo Simpson’s Touch of Chilli were the other Brits jumping double clear.

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