There was absolutely no stopping her! Already winner of three championships - inlcuding the newcomer and Foxhunter masters - Nicole Lockhead Anderson continued on her incredible run of form on day three to make it four. She topped the National 148cm championship at the British National Championships, Stoneleigh, on Christine and Iona Graham’s Claggan Gypsy Delight. And she did it in style, providing the only clear round for in round one of the 25-strong class for a spectacular victory.
“He is so special and always rises to the occasion – he’s ‘Super Sam’,” said Nicole, 15, on the Irish-bred 13-year-old she acquired the ride on in February.
“I really hope Iona managed to watch it on the livestream from hospital,” added Nicole regarding Sam’s owner, who broker her leg at Wales and West 10 days ago and was recently transferred from Wales to a hospital nearer home in Glasgow.
The combination, related line from double to square oxer and the final tall vertical all causing problems.
Madiy Jamison claimed second place on Bodyssee Des Avelines with Elloise Smit in third aboard Newton Samson. Sophie Bowen-Howard jumped into fourth on Whitehorn Girl with Mya Roxburgh-Caira on Chivaz fifth and Tahnia Jordan Jones picked up sixth on Jumper.
A storming final round flyer earned Elizabeth Baker the Members Cup 1.15m title with Okehurst Colour Code in an eight-pony decider.
”I was quite confident, this height is in his comfort zone,” said Elizabeth 15, who has produced this 10-year-old for the past three years and will contend this year’s Foxhunter final.
Nicole was denied yet another win and had to settle for second on this occasion with Little Red Cloud and Henry Nelson’s Strider IV took third. Hannah Barker and Carlow Girl claimed fourth with Robyn Woodward aboard Rudgeway Maestro in fifth and emelia Mitchell’s One Cool Cookie II sixth.
Billy Luther, 15, claimed the restricted rider 1.10m championship with a sure-fire confident gallop on Creme De La Creme.
“I couldn’t ask for more of him,” said Billy, who has enjoyed a great show here, picking up HOYS Foxhunter qualification to go alongside their newcomer finalist place.
Lila Bremner slotted Lapislazuli into second with Toby Dean’s Atlantic Hope in third in the eight-pony decider. Libby Hounslow took fourth on Uncanny ahead of Steph Brownbill in fifth on Ride End Reberto and Emma Woods on Harradene Jade in sixth place.
Rachel Proudley and the enthusiastic Painted Lady landed the national 128cm title in a six-pony decider, also clinching Olympia qualification.
“It’ll be the fourth time we’ve been to Olympia,” said Rachel.
Rachel, 12, won the HOYS 2016 128cm title on Painted Lady but the pair has missed qualification this time. However, Rachel has her second pony Styx Evo III in the 128cm and also contends the Horseware bronze league final on her horse Vayronn – probably the youngest rider ever to have qualified for this class.
Noora van Bulow clinched second with her opening round on Peppino Il Grande with Paige Wright providing the steadiest double clear for third on Black Shade of Gold. Eloise Squibb returned the fastest four faults aboard Wyndham Tom Thumb for fourth place. Charlie Atkinson was fifth on Bunbury Conquest and William Stewart rode into sixth spot with Sox Pocket Rocket.
With two rides each in the 15-strong jump-off, Madison Heath and Claudia Moore fought for the top position as the lead changed regularly. In the event and a reverse result of Hickstead’s 138cm, Madison took the honours on this occasion with a flying round on Sonas Barney to win by 1.11 sec over Claudia’s early target with Tullineaskey Fear Deas.
“He’s just incredible, we were decond last year and I really wanted it this year,” said Madison.
Claudia took second with Madison also in third on The Jacaloupe. Natasha Hamilton jumped into fourth on Aristo Justice with Ella Derbyshire in fifth on Thelmas Gift and Tegan Rowlands claimed sixth with the steadiest of the double clears aboard Grey Palace.
The best came last in the pony discovery, Sinead Cox, 14, taking every tight turn option in the 14-pony decider to land the championship by 1.23 sec on the Irish-bred eight-year-old Lislan Cruising Lady.
“I knew I could trust her to jump the fences at an angle,” said Sinead.
It was a little compensation for missing out by one on several occasion in the HOYS newcomer and Foxhunter qualifiers.
Jessica Howard’s brief lead with Ryehill Joseph claimed second and Casey Bell on Meadowbrook Wizard took third. Molly Potts jumped Ginger T into fourth with Meg Acomb on Jumping Charlie V in fifth and Harriet Williams on Caz in sixth.
Anya Andrews, 14, lifted the Squibb Group bronze league 148cm final in a 14-pony decider with Drealistown Dandy, an 11-year-old dun acquired four years ago. The pair hit form this year.
“We’ve started a winning streak this season but I still can’t believe I’ve won,” said Anya.
Ellese Ankers guided Altas Bunny into second with Claudia Starns Rockin Robin III taking third. Sam Dunning netted fourth on Strictly Business with Niamh Mason-Evans aboard Balirmore Poppy in fifth and Paige Newton sixth on Conans Delight.
Locally-based Lucy Douglas Jones headed the bronze league 138cm with Kantjes Zamontinaro.
“I was nervous to begin with but it felt amazing to win here,” said Lucy, 11, who has ridden the 13-year-old since April and finished second in the stepping stones 138cm the previous day – “He’s just the best!”
Sarah Proudley rode into second place on Real Cool Dude ahead of Ralfie Timmins with Ellie Jay in third. Sam Dunning took fourth aboard Rathmore Bob with Ella Hall’s Calusa in fifth and Millie Hale on Stafford sixth.
Katie Bradburne, 8, topped the bronze league 128cm final with schoolmaster Cappagh Misty, a pony aged 25 is more than three times Katie’s age.
Charlie Tucker slotted Maybrock Aristocrat into second with Isabella Armstrong third on Sweet Salsa. Savanna Roper finished in fourth place aboard Glen Hill to finish in front of fifth-placed Ryan de Sousa on Whistledown Blue Belle and Savannah Roper in sixth with Miss Rosie D.
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