Abbe Elliott lands her HOYS ticket for the newcomers final


Abbe Elliott (nee Burchmore Eames) captured the top spot of the Connollys Red Mills newcomer second round at Brook Farm Equestrian Club on Javko Du Flory to bag a place in the HOYS final.

Sixty-seven initially tackled course-designer Neil Theobald’s 13-fence track with 24 producing first round clears and just 11 accessing the third and final timed round. And Abbe found all the answers in the jump-off, piloting the nine-year-old Belgian-bred Dokkum De Rialfo/Skippy II mare into the top spot with 0.91 sec in hand.

Current holder of the HOYS newcomer title with 2017 winner HC Cornet, the on-form Nicole Pavitt already has one ride through to this year’s final after qualifying SES Goldstar at Bicton and now takes a second ticket. She rode Renkum Rock & Roll – a 10-year-old by Renkum Off-Centre and out of Wiston Bridget, Tim Stockdale’s former International star – into second spot.

Six provided treble clears and the four to go forward into the newcomers Masters at Stoneleigh’s National Championhips for another crack at qualifying for HOYS are – Sarah Williams in third on Larocco A, fourth-placed Kim Coburn with Zeus Valencie, Lucy Struthers took fifth place aboard Dakota XX and Lauren Poole was sixth on Argento’s Silver Twist.

Chelsea Skelton headed the 1.40m single-phase by 0.36 sec with the Wolfgang H 11-year-old Caramba. Harry Bateman guided Anvils Every Little Helps into second with Katie Waldock-Smith in third on Creevagh Tompico. Sally Goding picked up fourth on Fernhill Quality Street, Harry also claimed fifth with Freire Zapetero and Laura Mantel finished sixth on her HOYS grade C finalist MHS San Francisco.

Georgie Strutton topped the 1.30m with Old Lodge’s seven-year-old Super Trooper De Ness/Diamant De Semilly stallion Khaled OL, easing ahead to win by a handsome 2.53 sec. Sally claimed second with Tiger Millie II and fourth with Levitano, sandwiching Jordan Gann and Lakeland Dancer into third. Kyle Bedford took fifth on Djunie and Georgie Burchmore Eames finished sixth on Rubys.

Sarah Williams claimed the Foxhunter/1.20m with the Indorado 11-year-old Conamore from the 1.20m section with just 0.16 sec to spare over the lesser experienced Foxhunter horses. William Rekert steered Moet Van Overis into second with Chloe Gunning on Javas KP in third and Brittany Banks in fourth aboard Bumble Bee IV.

NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.

Photos © Jumping Around and courtesy British Showjumping

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