Scope to burn! Louise Saywell retains her ladies title at Oswestry
Hard-fought victories, winning smiles and sizzling jumps-off marked the first championship day at the Scope Festival, celebrating its 20th year in the new venue at Oswestry.
Leaving the best until last, Louise Saywell raced to the finish to retain her Westcoast Express and Smallman family ladies title for the second year running on Feigtling.
Leaving the best until last, Louise Saywell raced to the finish to retain her Westcoast Express and Smallman family ladies title for the second year running on Feigtling..
Seven of the 27 starters accessed the jump-off over a strong track by Gillian Milner supervised by Raf Suarez for a sizzling jump-off. Emma Stoker set a good target with Townhead Tendresse Du Fort but Jodie Hall-McAteer had the crowds gasping with daring turns on Coquin Du Coquerie Z to take a short lead.
However, Louise executed the tightest of turnbacks to the penultimate vertical to secure victory on Graham Ward’s Feigtling to win by 0.63 sec.
“He’s always looking for the next fence, I can trust him to turn back tight,” said Louise.
Jodie settled for second with Emma in third and fourth on Tendresse and Townhead Campus. Sarah Billington was also clear on Uforia JX for fifth with Sharon Quigley sixth aboard Adermie 52 and Nicola Barry picked up seventh on True Blue.
Allana Clutterbuck clinched the POYS seven-year-old Elite championship by three sec with a deceptively quick, beautifully executed final round on Atomic Du Bary in a two-way decider.
It was the first show for the Frascator Mail gelding since qualifying for the HOYS pony Foxhunter at Arena UK in May, partly due to Allana concentrating on the pony European championships with his half-brother Sultan Du Bary.
“He doesn’t need a lot of shows, he’s cool and experienced beyond his years,” said Allana, 16, who thanked owner Sue Evans and breeders du Bary stud.
Madiy Jamison also jumped treble clear for second on Flavia. Henry Nelson picked up third on Dalsown Henry with Lila Bremner fourth aboard Lapislazuli and Rosie Atkins finished fifth on Blakeney Lad.
Izzi Ryder jumped to the top for the POYS five and six-year-old Elite title on Cuilin Dun, a six-year-old found in Ireland by trainer Bernice Stronge.
“He’s good indoors and out and the jump-off really suited him, it was very ‘turny’,” said Izzi, 15, who clinched victory with a daring inside turn to the final vertical to win by 1.44 sec.
Molly Potts took second on Champs Palace with Hannah Barker and the eye-catching TGF Lucy third. Chloe Templeton claimed fourth on Still Got Me, Ollie Tuff jumped into fifth with Heartbreaker Express and Lily Freeman-Attwood finished sixth on Capability Brown.
Anneliese Aitken claimed the Graham Heath under 16 title with a flying round on Walk The Line in an eight-strong jump-off.
“I was a bit nervous going in but I was drawn early and had to set an early target, so I just kept smooth and in a rhythm,” said Anneliese, 14, who has ridden the eight-year-old Irish mare for three years.
Atiya Bussey and Westwinds Ego finished two sec in arrears for second with Isabel Lindsay in third on Cruise On Tina. Lily Freeman-Attwood beat the time by more than two sec but a rial hit the floor to drop Topspin to fourth. Iwan Carpenter picked up fifth on new ride Jordanta and Sandy McLean claimed sixth on Eclipse XII.
Early-drawn Lesley Mitton triumphed the 95cm championship with a flying round on Heart of Savannah in the 14-horse decider.
“I don’t do too much with her in the ring, I just qualified at Bold Heath and Field House and not done much since,” said Lesley, whipper-in for the Cheshire Draghounds who hunts this Heart Throb 12-year-old bred by Barbara Scott.
Gemma Dickens claimed second on Back To black II with Sinead Hall on Amelusina 58 in third. Abbie Goodwin took fourth on Jasmina V with Jenna Watson’s Utopia IV in fifth and Rachel Stocks on Penstrumbly Our Rio claimed sixth.
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