Antonia Platt leads the way at Keysoe
An on-form Antonia Platt secured two of the top three paces in the pony showjumper of the year at Keysoe’s pony premier with two Irish-bred ponies, winning on Carnhill Luna and claiming third aboard Sligo Furisto Flight.
A total of 24 started in this top-billed class with just three posting round one clears. And Antonia was the sole rider to produced a second cleat on the 11-year-old gelding Luna to claim the top spot. The on-form pair had already qualified after taking third at Arena UK. Antonia also guided the 12-year-old Laughtons Flight/Furisto mare Sligo Furisto Flight into third to pick up another HOYS qualifying spot, making just one mistake for four faults.
Nicole Lockhead Anderson was sandwiched into second to secure a HOYS spot with another Irish-bred, the coloured 13-year-old Claggan Gypsy Delight. Sophie Bowen-Howard is also HOYS-bound with fourth place and the fastest round one four-faulter on the 18-year-old Quincy V. Faye Sutton just missed out on HOYS with fifth on Robe Ruadh.
Nicole was on form and jumped to the top in the pony Foxhunter second round with Gangnam Style II, claiming a second HOYS ticket with this smart eight-year-old. The pair – newcomer and Foxhunter finalists in 2016 – is already through to the HOYS newcomer final after winning at South View two weeks ago.
An eventual five of the 36 starters reached the final jump-off, with Mya Roxburgh Caira riding into second place on Paddys Pet II, an Irish 13-year-old who again has already secured a HOYS finalist place after qualifying for the 138cm final at South View. A delighted Elizabeth Baker netted the third and final qualifying place with the coloured 10-year-old Okehurst Colour Code – a Hickstead winter JC finalist.
Daisy McKinlay provided the fourth and final treble clear but unfortunately just missed out on HOYS with Ashwey Patchwork Sparrow, and Harry Wood guided Patchwork Poncho into fifth.
Madiy Jamison headed the 81-strong HOYS Blue Chip pony newcomers with Flavia, the Verdi/Heartbreaker seven-year-old claiming the win by a commanding 3.30 sec. Faye Sutton galloped into second place on the Irish 13-year-old Beyond Doubt to claim the second HOYS qualifying place on offer in the final 12-pony decider.
Katie Pryce was treble clear but had to settle for third on the French-bred 12-year-old Ruby Trevelyan of Lyonnesse and Cleo Loizzo was also penalty-free on the 10-year-old Banner Girl for fourth. Madiy and her second ride, the already-qualified Sweepstake, provided the fastest time of the class but four faults dropped them to fifth.
Olivia Banks raced to the top in the 33-strong HOYS 128cm for victory on the 13-year-old grey Remington Steal. This partnership, however, had already claimed their HOYS spot with second place at Weston Lawns.
Only five initial clears were produced with just three going into the final round – and all three had already qualified. Weston Lawns winners Charlie Atkinson and the super-consistent Bunbury Conquest, finished second, and Arena UK winners Eloise Squibb on Wyndham Tom Thumb netted third.
However, Eloise also claimed fourth on the Irish 10-year-old Platinum Prince for the first HOYS ticket and her second finalist place, with her cousin Henry in line for HOYS on Pussy Cat Doll with fifth spot. Olivia Sponer seized the sixth place on the nine-year-old Trefriw Eros.
Rosie Collins landed the Stable Company HOYS 138cm with Anastasia Snook’s consistent Thyme Flies, this win marking the third rider this Irish 15-year-old has taken to HOYS.
Five of the original 40 starters reached the third and final round, although only four tackled the jump-off. Claudia Moore was in the mix to take second on the already-qualified evergreen 25-year-old My Bugsy Malone and fourth aboard the Irish 16-year-old Tullineaskey Fear Deas to ensure two rides in the HOYS final.
Jake Myers sandwiched his South View winner, the 24-year-old The Agent, into third and Red Morgan claimed fifth on Dylasau Derior with a double clear.
Bobbie Heath headed the initial 1.15/1.25m warm-up on Cisco Bay, pushing Cleo Loizzo and Banner Girl into second with Morgan McCormack in third aboard JJ Lucky Star. Rhyleigh Kendle headed day two’s 1.25m with Knockagaron Elite Fear Bui.
Jake Gibson claimed day one’s 128/138cm handicap with Llettycrudd Cardi Bach, beating namesake Jake Myers into second on Lucky Lane Firecracker. Thomas Hooper clinched third with Misty Bay II ahead of fourth-placed Thomas Bradburne’s Runaway Dolly.
On day two, Oscar Hobby took the 128/138cm handicap honours on Sweet Delight with Jake Myers and Lucky Lane Firecracker again in second place. Paige Wright claimed third on Black Shade of Gold with Charlie Atkinson in fourth aboard SOS The Milky Bar Kid.
Sinead Cox headed the pony Foxhunter on Lislan Cruising Lady, outpacing Tabitha Kyle aboard Playboy Van De Zoetewei in second and Katie Pryce’s Ruby Trevelyan of Lyonnesse.
Pippa Mulready triumphed in the 1.10m with Steely Blue II, jumping ahead of second-placed Jessica Howard and Rocky Robin with Jake Myers on Eastside Mirah in third.
Billy Luther jumped to the top in the 1.05m with Creme De La Creme, relegating Molly Potts Fowles and Ginger T into second with third going to Amelia Barton on Annaghmore Boomahontas.
Elsi Jacques headed the 1m with Dapple Grey Dew Drop and Anna Price took the newcomers aboard Sile Na Gig from second-placed Sophie Phillips on Valentino Supreme and Elizabeth Cooper claimed third with Tregaron Gold.
Isabelle McKinlay claimed the 90cm open with Dyffryntanat Intrepid, racing ahead of Jessica Walker in second on Kilgarvin High Flyer and Mia Price in third aboard Ardvalley Dun Lady.
In day two’s 90cm, Louise McDonald claimed victory on Rorik K with Gemma Thorley’s Kismet VI in second and Elizabeth Cooper third on Tregaron Gold.
Katie Bradburne jumped to the top in the initial 80cm on Cappagh Misty from second-placed Allegra Squibb on Durley Hall Medici with Rosie Heron in third on Kaellies Hot Opposition.
Ellie Burrell-Squibb and the consistent Kitty jumped into the top spot of day two’s 80cm with Annika Courtney in second on Rowhill Dundee. Isobel Birchall’s Lady Geneva took third.
Ryan de Sousa headed day one’s pony British novice with the eight-year-old Whistletown Blue Belle, pushing Ellie Burrell-Squibb into second on Copshawholm Autumn Cloud with Lauren Roach third aboard Malog Gwynfor.
Lauren and Malog Gwynfor went on to top the discovery with Tatiane Mauree in second aboard Cnoc Mordan Blackie and Caterina White in third aboard Horsepower Indigo. Stephanie Dillon took day two’s pony British novice on Ardlea The Perfect Lady, beating Taila Clarke and Isla To Boogie into second and Mia Law’s Dakota IX into third.
Anya Andrews rode into the top spot of day two’s pony discovery with Drealistown Dandy, pushing Caterina White’s Horsepower Indigo into second and Emily Cooper third on Whitehawk Bluebell.
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