Olivia Sheppard is off to HOYS after commandingly claiming the Blue Chip pony newcomer second round at Cherwell competition centre with the only treble clear on JAC Surprise Addition.
Fifty-seven initially contended the 12-fence track with 17 going forward to round two and an eventual nine reaching the third and final round. But the clock wasn’t required for the winning round, Olivia, 15, opting for accuracy to provide the only penalty-free round on the the Irish-bred 11-year-old JAC Surprise Addition.
After lowering a fence two from home, Paige Wright made a dash for the finish to secure the second qualifying place on the six-year-old Mullate Duchess.
Lila Bremner was en route for victory with Lapislazuli but in a gut-wrenching moment, the final fence fell and it dropped the Lancer II eight-year-old to third place – just outside the HOYS places. Nevertheless, Lila gains a place in the newcomer masters at the National Championships at Stoneleigh in August alongside fourth-placed Toby Fry on Zucan V and Jessica Howard in fifth with Tinkas Gentleman Jim.
Tahnia Jordan Jones claimed a hat-trick with a 1.25m victory and two 1.10m wins. Tahnia dominated the 1.25m, taking the top two places with the Dutch-bred 12-year-old Jumper and the 10-year-old The Bobster, posting the only two double clears with more than four sec separating the two. Anoushka Mauree eased Miami Moonbeam into third.
Sulan Hollywood Knight came to the fore in the 1.10m classes for Tahnia.
In day one’s two-phase class, Tahnia forged ahead to claim a 1.35 sec advantage on the 14-year-old. Izzi Ryder rode into second spot on Woodfield Five Star with Franceca Young in third aboard Quantico.
The pair headed the final 1.10m with 0.21 sec to spare over Tatiane Mauree on Westervelds Florijn and Francesca claimed third on Quantico.
Francesca and the 12-year-old Quantico went on to top the 1.15m members cup, denying Tahnia a fourth win. Twenty-one contended this single-phase class but it was Francesca who executed all the shortcuts to win by 0.48 sec, leaving Tahnia and ‘Woody’ in second. Izzi and Woodfield Five Star finished third ahead of Sinead Cox in fourth on Lislan Cruising Lady and Lily Grimwade in fifth aboard Bonnies Lass.
Izzi claimed day one’s 1.25m with the Irish-bred 10-year-old Mullingar Bay, relegating Tahnia into second and third on The Bobster and Jumper. All three posted double clears with Izzi taking the win with 0.53 sec in hand.
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.
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