Madiy Jamison came to the fore on the penultimate day of the 2018 Scope Festival to land the Marnic Groundworks under 23 championship with Ultravox II and record her biggest win since moving onto horses.
Ten of the 35 starters posted first round clears over course-designer Raf Suarez’s 12-fence track but clear rounds proved a lot more difficult to come by in round two, the vertical two from home falling with depressing regularity as riders risked a tight turn.
“I was deep to the stile but took the longer option and supported him to that pink vertical – everyone was having it down,” said Madiy, who claimed a 0.72 sec victory.
However, the class didn’t go exactly according to plan as early drawn new ride of four weeks At First D’Authuit unseated Madiy.
“He jumped me off and I decided I had to go back in on Ultravox to finish on a good note – he’s my first and favourite horse,” said Madiy, who got the ride on the Uccello nine-year-old 12 months ago.
The pair contended the Hickstead B and C final in July and are through to HOYS in the silver league final.
Emily Ward claimed second on Doobally with the only other double clear ahead of Abbie Bevan in third with the fastest four aboard Fabiola Fairy V.
Owen Carpenter seized the Graham Heath Equestrian under 16 title with the sole first round clear on the eight-year-old mare Follow Jazzy Lady and immediately credited his brother Iwan.
“I thought he’s be hard to follow as he’s brought her on from a five-year-old and she is hard to contain but he’s helped me a lot in how to deal with her, to relax and not fight her” said Owen, who is through to HOYS after qualifying in Scotland.
Thomas Francis-Jones was the fastest of the four-faulters to take second on Kiltormer Hero.
Madi McCrory topped a four-horse decider with the sole double clear to take the Graham Heath Equestrian under 16 championship on Up Du Figuier.
“We’re still getting to know each other, this win was so unexpected,” said Madi, 16, who bought the Miracle sired 10-year-old in France six months ago. “He’s so friendly and well-mannered, I’m very happy.”
Charley Hamilton netted second spot on Amadora JX with Emily Sambrook in third on Nicos Du Carel and Zoe Jones filled fourth place aboard Virginia Spice.
Georgina Beeson’s late round flyer on Millbrook Demi claimed the Graham Heath 85cm novice championship.
“She was a dressage horse but is much more suited to showjumping and imoproved as the week progressed,” said Georgina, 21, who took over the ride on the Demonstrator nine-year-old from younger sister Joanna as she is off to University.
Tony Barker’s mid-draw efforts on Old Springfield Tobias dropped to second 0.25 sec in arrears and Rachel Basnett finished third on Sircarno. Phoebe Daly claimed fourth with Hazel III ahead of Ben Cousins in fifth on Chevallian Bold Z and sixth-placed Richard Birchall on Woottons Ruby.
A tight inside turn to a vertical and a gallop to the final fence earned Sophie Wicks the Scope 128cm title in the seven-pony decider with the 12-year-old Camizion.
“He’s quite easy but can get lazy until he’s in the ring and he has a really long stride – good for galloping,” said Sophie, who also finished fourth on Sweet Baby James.
Tommy Goody was 0.71 sec in arrears for second with Hardwickview Yen Man and Tabitha Kyle picked up third and seventh on Living The Dream and Coreys Princess. Poppy Deakin finished fifth with the fastest time of the class but four faults dropped Munsboro Plunkett to fifth and Charlie Tucker took fifth on Maybrock Aristocrat.
Ellie Sedgwick was lightning-fast on Peachy to top the strong 14-pony jump-off of the Heritage Insurance Agency Bright Star pony 1m championship.
“I knew I had to be quick,” said Ellie, who trains with Marie Edgar and has ridden the 14-year-old former rescue pony Peachy for seven years.
Henry Nelson's final effort on Derrymore Chips earned second place with Molly Potts in third aboard Champs Palace. Lila Hill claimed fourth on Lissroe Melody with Charlotte Hollinshead in fifth on Cape Clear Crystal and Isabel Stenning finished sixth riding Colours of Romeo.
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