Chris Smith is on form for another HOYS ticket
Chris Smith maintained his winning form to take a second HOYS ticket with Warriors Glory at Warrington Horse Show. The pair – winners of the Foxhunter second round at North Cumbria’s British Showjumping area show two weeks earlier – topped the HOYS Speed-Beet grade C in fine style.
Forty-six initially contended the HOY grade C with 16 providing round one clears to access the jump-off to chase after the three qualifying places on offer. But Chris found all the shortcuts to claim the top spot by a fraction in the hot, speedy jump-off.
Chris has ridden Emily Whiteside’s eight-year-old Warrior/Caretino Glory stallion since October and they now head to HOYS with finalist places in the Foxhunter and grade C.
Annabel Shields enjoyed a great weekend. After heading the HOYS newcomers at with new ride Capriole, she guided the seven-year-old Rubin VHS (Zenith UHS/Chellano Z) into the second qualifying spot here for a second HOYS ticket.
Jake Saywell filled the third qualifying position with the Eldroado Van De Zeshoek seven-year-old Fantastico C – a HOYS newcomer final contender in 2016.
Douglas Duffin headed the area trial with Quidam B Z with the sole double clear.
Seven of the 28 starters produced round one clears to go forward to the jump-off, but only one could post another penalty-free round, Douglas taking the win on the Quasimodo Z 12-year-old Quidam.
Joe Whitaker returned a faster time, but four faults marred his round on the 12-year-old Virginia IV for second and also took fourth aboard the home-bred Locarno daughter Lavarno. Mennell Watson was sandwiched into third, just 0.03 sec behind with Helen van Heyningen’s nine-year-old Cobretti stallion Whisper In The Wind.
Tracey Newman took fifth on Challenge with Pippa Allen’s Hope Springs in sixth and Jake Saywell aboard Havinia Van De Roshoeve in seventh.
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results
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