Tabitha Kyle out-jumped all to take the HOYS Stable Company 138cm qualifier at the Scottish pony premier with the sole clear round on Playboy Van De Zoetewei.
Thirty-one tackled the challenging course and every fence fell at some point, but only Tabitha, 10, found all the answers to provide the only clear on the Belgian-bred six-year-old Playboy to win the class outright. The win gives Tabitha her second HOYS 138cm ticket – she won at Arena UK with Lissduff Royal.
And as under rules ponies must jump clear in the first round to qualify, Tabitha was the only rider to be awarded HOYS qualification.
Eight riders made just one mistake for four faults, Cookstown, County Tyrone-based Victoria Thompson, 14, hit the first fence and jumped the rest clear to prove the quickest on the coloured 11-year-old Triple Treat for second place. Marnie Green, 13, guided the 15-year-old mare Koraika into third. Claudia Harding rode into fourth on Cheeky Chap and Francesca Young picked up fifth with Jackdaw.
Charles Heffron from Dungannon, County Tyrone commandingly landed the HOYS 128cm qualifier with the 17-year-old Dandy.
Eight of the original 22 produced round one clears but just three made it to the final round, Charles clinching the win with the only treble clear. Rachel Proudley jumped into second place with a quick four faults on the 17-year-old Styx Evo VIII, their one mistake dropping them into second place. William Stewart jumped a steady round but also picked up four faults on the 12-year-old mare Soxs Pocket Rocket for third.
Three riders finished on four faults in round two – Paige Wright claimed fourth on Black Shade of Gold with Tabitha Kyle on Coreys Princess in fifth and Rachel took sixth with her reigning HOYS champion Painted Lady.
Just two of the 18 starters in the pony showjumper of the year posted round one clears, and ultimately decided to share first place without jumping off. Thus, Shaunie Greig on the already-qualified 14-year-old Casino Royale VIII and Madiy Jamison with the 10-year-old mare Bodyssee Des Avelines stood in joint first place.
No-one finished on four faults therefore under the rule of ‘ponies must not exceed four faults in the first round to be eligible to qualify’, HOYS qualifying places went begging. Three finished on eight faults – Nicole Lockhead Anderson claimed third on Stars Surprise with Mya Roxburgh Caira in fourth aboard Chivaz and Sandy McLean guided Tobar King into fifth spot.
Megan Morris rode to the top in the pony Foxhunter second round on RS Capello to ensure a trip to HOYS. Of the 25 initial starters, eight produced first round clears with six bidding for the three HOYS places on offer in the final jump-off. But wasn’t a factor for the winning spot for Megan, 13, provided the only treble clear – albeit in a steady time on the nine-year-old Capello.
Nicole Lockhead Anderson was more than 11 sec quicker on the 10-year-old coloured mare Little Red Cloud, but a rail on the floor denied a win. However, it was sufficient for the second qualifying place. Ella Garlick and the spotted 11-year-old Dash of Port also posted a quick four-fault round for the third and final HOYS place. Also on four and claiming Foxhunter masters places at the National Championships, Stoneleigh, and another crack at HOYS qualification was Sinead Cox in fourth on Lislan Cruising Lady and Lila Bremner with Lapislazuli.
Chloe Templeton secured victory in the Blue Chip pony newcomer second round with Still Got Me. Nine contended the final round against the clock but in the event, only two provided treble clears to fill the two HOYS places. Chloe, 14, still provided a quick clear for the top spot on Still Got Me, a six-year-old she has produced since November 2015 from British novice level.
Posting the only other treble clear, Tatiane Mauree clamed the second qualifying spot on seven-year-old Horseabout Zibu, a mare she took over 18 months ago from Georgia Taylor-Jones. Libby Hounslow jumped into third on Uncanny – winner of the 2016 HOYS Foxhunter with Robert Murphy – with Megan Morris in fourth on RS Capello and Iwan carpenter taking fifth aboard Aughnanure Leo.
Poppy Deakin raced to the top in the POny Club Olympia 128cm qualifier, claiming the top spot by 0.65 sec with the forever-young 23-year-old Forever Penny. Savannah Roper and Glen Hill provided the only other double clear for second place in the nine-pony decider, yielded from 16 starters. In third on a fast four faults was Lym Moore on Leo the Lionheart and Fergal Holohan took fourth aboard Tullibards Little Legend.
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