Aimee Jones is best Brit in Opglabbeek

Aimee Jones was best Brit in the young rider 1.45m grand prix at Sentower Park’s Youth Festival in Opglabbeek, Belgium with Never Last.

Only four clears from 48 starters were produced over a strong track with Aimee amongst them. And she again provided a penalty-free round on the Napels/Ramiro 13-year-old Never Last to slot into third place, 1.95 sec behind the winner, the Netherlands’ Kim Hoogenraat on Caesar with France’s Megane Moissonnier and Saratoga Bois Margot in second.

Bethanie Knight with Quenotte and James Whitaker aboard Glenavadra Brilliant were most unlucky not to join the jump-off, both cleared every fence in round one but one pesky time fault apiece denied them a chance against the clock and they took fifth and sixth. Taisie de Gruchy on Winner of Picobello Z returned on five faults and Leonie Aitkenhead’s Clane K finished on eight.

Scarlett Charles put in a good performance in the junior 1.40m grand prix, taking fourth on Sacree Du Rouet.

A total of 85 started in this hotly-contended class with 12 gaining round one clears to access the jump-off and a further seven posted double clears, making it all about the clock. Scarlett was foot-perfect on the Eclair Du Bois/Rebel Z 11-year-old mare, slotting into fourth just one sec behind the winner, Switzerland’s Matias Larocca on GDE Matrix and finishing ahead of fifth-placed Harry Allen for Ireland on Eh Quick Nina.

Four faults kept Jodie Hall-McAteer on Coquin Du Coquerie Z and Joseph Stockdale’s Gunner II out of the jump-off and they finished 14th and 16th. A slower four faults dropped Bobbie Heath and Venus III further down the line.

Taisie claimed third in the junior/young rider 1.35m speed on the Lupicor eight-year-old Hoodshill First Look, three sec behind the pace. James Whitaker gave Fandango an easy run for a steadier clear and 10th place and Leonie Aitkenhead was also clear to pick up 16th on D.Millfield Darin.

They were more than two sec faster than the winner, but a rail on the floor dropped Ellie Hall-McAteer and the feisty 19-year-old Tixylix down to sixth place in the pony grand prix. Fifty-two initially took part in this 1.30m class with eight going forward to the jump-off. Ireland dominated filling the top three places, Kate Derwin taking the win on Cul Ban Mistress.

Tahnia Jordan-Jones returned on four faults in round one with Tania and Maia Andrews’ Beech Comber for 12th and Madiy Jamison also posted four faults for 16th on Bodyssee Des Avelines. Sienna Charles (Magic Cornflakes) and Ffion Roberts (Rich Faith) both finished on eight.

Madiy Jamison headed the pony 1.20m with Sweepstake, an eight-year-old on form of late after qualifying for both HOYS newcomer and Foxhunter 2017. The pair swept ahead her to win with more than two sec in hand. Sienna Charles was also double clear for third on the seven-year-old Billy Wish (Cevin Z/Billy Congo) and Tahnia Jordan-Jones returned clear and four for fifth on Sulan Hollywood Knight. Nicole Lockhead Anderson and the eight-year-old Gangnam Style II also jumped for clear and four and 10th spot.

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