Lily Freeman-Attwood landed her biggest win with the Charles Britton Equestrian Construction winter JA classic championship title with the sole double clear on Valmy De Treille.
The win was all the more special as this French-bred mare is only an eight-year-old. “She was only jumping at 1.20m level when we bought her in February, but she takes it all in her stride, the bigger tracks don’t faze her at all,” said Lily, 15, who only contended the final two winter qualifiers – “She’s good indoors or out and we managed to qualify at the last one at Bury Farm.”
Early riders initially struggled with course-designer Mark McGowan’s 12-fence track, but later riders coped with the pressure and an eventual six from the 18 starters provided clears to access the jump-off.
But Lily was the sole rider to jump another clear, the Kantjes Ronaldo daughter Valmy making short work of the raised track, although Lily felt their time was vulnerable.
“I knew there weren’t any clears, I dind’t want to go too fast but knew I had to take a risk,” said Lily, who heeded trainer Mark McCourt’s instructions – “He told me to go clear but keep to tight lines.”
The pair also recently qualified for the HOYS pony showjumper of the year final in October at this venue – “She likes it here.”
Last-drawn Antonia Platt opted for a steady clear on Carnhill Luna, and although they were a little too steady and picked up three time faults, they left all the fences up to take second place.
Fraser Reed did beat Lily’s time in the penultimate draw, but a pole on the floor dropped Kilcloghan DG Clover down the line to third. Faye Sutton’s effort with Robe Ruadh took fourth on four faults with Madiy Jamison on Bodysee Des Avelines taking fifth with eight and Nicole Lockhead Anderson finished in sixth spot on Cappagh Supreme.
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