Elsi Jacques maxed on her final draw to take the Wicks Group Jubilee 1.20m on Trevoulter Ladies Man in a hotly-contended 25-pony jump-off at the Scope Festival 2018 in its new venue at South View Equestrian Centre.
Elsi, 13, has a routine with the 11-year-old stallion she has competed for the past 18 months.
“To keep him away from other ponies in the warm-up,” said Elsi, who has qualifield for the HOYS pony showjumper of the year.
“He’s scopey and a good water jumper, but if I don’t help him, he doesn’t help me,” she said.
Charley Hamilton finished second 1.59 sec in arrears with Castlebaldwin Golden Arrow just ahead of Hannah Bishop’s Eskers Reliable Lad in third. Cleo Loizzo’s early round on Banner Girl took fourth.
Elysia Heagren Bond followed trainer Paul Kelly’s instructions of tight lines and tighter turns to take the Swy Y Mor pony novice masters on Attrory Golden Lady in a 25-strong decider.
“She’s quite buzzy but careful,” said Elysia, 13, who has ridden the seven-year-old since April.
Charlotte Beldom’s opening efforts was relegated to second by 1.75 sec on May Lass with Erin Bartle and Chantilly Miss Sunshine in third. Charlie Rea Nelson netted fourth on Hoofprint Caleb with Charlotte Hollinshead in fifth aboard Korado II and Isabelle Harris in sixth on Whistletown Blue Belle.
Eloise Burden made a winning return to the Scope Festival to take the first championship title of 2018 in the pony 1.10m adventurer final with the 12-year-old mare Coolatooder Liath – winner of the novice masters title last year.
“This is only our fifth show back, she’s been out with injury since October and hasn’t done many 1.10m classes so we didn’t expect to win but she’s always eager, she has such a big heart and a big jump,” said Eloise, 14.
Madison McCrory claimed second place on Tip Top Sand with Olivia Ratcliffe in third on Faith X.
Kerry Grimster outpaced all in a hot jump-off to take the Scope 1m novice championship to take victory with Diamond Cruise Control.
“She’s been jumping at unaffiliated level and not got a great deal of experience but she’s good on turns,” said Kerry, who owns the six-year-old Irish-bred mare jointly with Mickey McCann.
Dawn Foster claimed second on Elcary VD Elsakker and Charlotte Dyer finished third aboard Annestown Royale Capitalist.
Georgina Pudge’s penultimate round flyer claimed the Scope 95cm championship with Robbie Skyrme’s Springville with more than a sec to spare over long-time leader Julia Helm and Helms Tolu.
“It’s huge for me to win here,” said Georgina. “He’s my dream horse, very fast and turns like a pony.”
Brittani Cooper claimed third on Boann Diego in the 22-horse jump-off ahead of fourth-placed Emma Tideswell on Nelsons Tinker, Estelle Stables in fifth aboard RTS Harry Dunn and sixth-placed Jassy Pyke with Wood Field Clover.
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