Tahnia hits the top at Port Royal with a commanding double victory

Tahnia Jordan Jones hit top form at Port Royal’s pony premier with a winning double, taking victory in the pony showjumper of the year and the pony Foxhunter second round. Tahnia, 15, underscored her superiority in the pony showjumper, taking a commanding win with the sole clear in the first round on Tania and Maia Andrews’ 12-year-old AKM Beechcomber.  

Two fast four-faulters filled the next two HOYS qualifying places on offer, Harry wood netting second on Landord III and Perdi Digby guided Kayleighs Star into third. Bowen McCrory also returned four faults for fourth place on Delfino and gets another HOYS chance at the National Championships at Stoneleigh in August.  

Tahnia continued her winning form in the pony Foxhunter second round, claiming two of the top three places. She topped the 11-strong jump-off with more than five sec to spare with Jumper, an 11-year-old who is already through to HOYS after winning both Foxhunter and newcomer second rounds at Quainton Stud in April. And Tahnia also clinched third with the fastest four faults in the jump-off aboard AKM Beechcomber, giving this pony two HOYS finalist places from this show. A good day at the office!

Antonia Platt produced the only other treble clear for second spot and a well-deserved HOYS place on the 10-year-old Irish mare Bonnies Lass. The pair had missed out twice on a HOYS newcomers finalist place with third her and at As Tahnia and Jumper had already qualified, the final HOYS qualification ticket went to fourth-placed Harry Wood on the nine-year-old coloured mare Patchwork Poncho.  

Sinead Cox took fifth and another chance to qualify for HOYS at the National Championships with the eight-year-old Lislan Cruising Lady.  

Gaining valuable confidence and experience with every round, Tia Squibb, 10, built on her fabulous win at Bolesworth International and claimed two HOYS tickets in the HOYS 128cm, including a well-deserved victory with Gorm and Ban.  

Eight on-form riders gained access to the third and final timed round, but only two provided treble clears, Tia taking the win on the coloured 16-year-old Gorm and Ban to take an incredible win with more than 12 sec in hand. As Tia and Gorm and Ban had already qualified for at Bicton, the HOYS ticket was passed down, and she claimed a second HOYS place in fourth on the 18-year-old Fynnonbach Sandman. It gives Tia two rides on her HOYS debut – a great achievement as she only began jumping at this level this year.  

Madeleine Archibald eased My Little Sweetheart, a 19-year-old mare ridden to success by former rider Hannah Barker, into second with the only other treble clear.  

Henry Squibb netted third and a HOYS place with the 23-year-old Pussy Cat Doll with the fastest four in the jump-off. It will be a real family affair in the HOYS 128cm for the Squibbs, Tia’s sister Eloise also has two rides, Wyndham Tom Thumb and Platinum Prince, in the final.  

Thomas Hooper raced to the top in the HOYS 138cm to seize victory with Misty Bay II. Of the 39 initially bidding for the three HOYS tickets on offer, only seven survived the first two rounds to access the final jump-off. Thomas, 13, had the win sewn up with tight turns, claiming the top spot on the 14-year-old mare Misty Bay by 1.60 sec. Madison Heath, 12, maintained her pace with the 17-year-old The Jacaloupe to slot into second with Tom Francis-Jones, 12, netting the third and final HOYS pass on the Irish 13-year-old Kiltormer Hero.  

 

Lauren Roach topped the HOYS newcomers in fine style on Kerry Grimster’s Renkum Starlight. Seventy-three came forward to bid for the two HOYS places on offer, and these were whittled down to an eventual 20 against the clock. And it was all about the clock as six provided treble clears, Lauren taking the top spot on the eight-year-old Starlight by 0.24 sec.  

Nicole Lockhead Anderson – winner of 2016’s 138cm final – netted the second coveted qualifying ticket on the 10-year-old coloured mare Little Red Cloud.  

Antonia Platt and Bonnies Lass just missed out in third but get another HOYS chance at the National Championships along with the other treble clears – Chloe Templeton in fourth on Still Got Me, Sinead Cox and Lislan Cruising Lady in fifth and sixth-placed Tabitha Kyle on Playboy Van De Zoetwei. 

 

NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results

 

Photos © Jumping Around & courtesy British Showjumping/Jumpforit.co.uk

 

 

 

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