Millie Dickinson commandingly claimed the Douglas Bunn 1.35m challenge at the All England Jumping Championships at Hickstead with the sole clear securing victory on Cairo Z II.
“My tactics were simple – I wanted to go clear and fast enough not to get a time fault,” said Hertfordshire-based Millie.
The Coriano/Renville 13-year-old Cairo was formerly ridden by Elliott Reeves – now Jumping Secretary at Hickstead – and joined Millie 18 months ago.
“He loves it here at Hickstead, he just pings over the fences with ease,” added Millie.
Grant Talbot took second on Truman IV with Elinor Fleming in third aboard Ceasar 1 – both clocking up a time fault apiece. Darren Wise jumped into fourth on Midnight Time just ahead of Holly Smith’s Elore in fifth. Grant also picked up sixth with Chacco Blur.
Mark Edwards landed the top spot in the final HOYS talentseekers qualifier with his consistent home-bred Tinkers Tale seven-year-old Montreuxs Tale in a strong 69-horse class.
Speed Derby winner Matt Sampson returned to form at Hickstead to take second place on Rachael Evison’s ultra-careful Clinton/Heartbreaker eight-year-old Ebolensky with Holly Smith filling third place on the seven-year-old Zambesi stallion Fruselli.
As Mark and Montreuxs Tale had already taken the seven-year-old spot, Chloe Winchester picked up the final HOYS ticket in fourth on Sportsfield Our Clare.
Florence Bellm landed the amateur 1.20m championship with her consistent Calvaro Z/Cruising 15-year-old Southbound.
“I’ve had Southbound for eight years and have been trying to win a Hickstead rug for five of those, tyo finally achieve it feels amazing,” said Florence.
Kerstin Deakin and Sunsolde claimed second place. Julie Slade took third place aboard Nicholas 55 with Lauren Medcalf in fourth on Busker IV and Amy Carnet’s Ja Lo II in fifth just ahead of sixth-placed Louise Stoner on Oscar Zee.
But Kerstin made up for it in the amateur 1.10m title, racing ahead on the 18-year-old mare Sunsolde to claim victory and push Florence into second aboard the eight-year-old Capalino Z daughter Chipie BF Z. Alex Bishop settled for third on Baquito with Conor Dumphy in fourth aboard Attache and Helen Cruden took fifth on Limestone Diamond.
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