Two former winners will again contend the HOYS newcomers final. Nicole Pavitt and Joe Clayton will bid for another title, and both have two rides apiece, but they are up against some speedy rivals.
Nicole Pavitt is after her fourth HOYS newcomers title. The reigning champion won last year on HC Cornet, in 2012 with Our Duchess and Tia Semilly (later called Hussah TM) in 2014. This year she has two stallions qualified for the final – the Renkum Off-Centre 10-year-old Renkum Rock & Roll (pictured) after finishing second in Brook Farm’s qualifier and the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Waitaki seven-year-old SES Goldstar.
Joe Clayton won the 2016 HOYS newcomers title with Lexi III and has two in the final this year. He takes former International showjumper Malcolm Pyrah’s Je T’Aime Flamenco seven-year-old Dewpoint Diamond – winner of the Arena UK qualifier – and Jane Heerbeck’s Dutch-bred six-year-old mare Hikita (Emilion/Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve), who picked up qualification at the National Championships, Stoneleigh after narrowly missing out with third place at Arena UK.
Nicola Barry and Be Caprivi. Nicola and Sovereign Equestrian’s consistent Balloon/World Way six-year-old won age classes in Bonheiden, Belgium, and Mantes Le Jolie, France, before claiming victory in South View’s newcomer second round to qualify for HOYS.
Paul Barker and Gaitl L. Paul also rides one for Sovereign Equestrian, aiming the Zambesi/Germus R seven-year-old Gait L for the final. The pair won the newcomers second round qualifier at British Showjumping arear 15’s North Yorkshire show and also contend the HOYS grade C final after winning at Bramham.
Abbe Elliott (nee Burchmore Eames) and Javko Du Flory. Abbe will contend the HOYS newcomers final on the Belgian-bred nine-year-old Javko after winning the qualifier at Brook Farm. The pair have stepped up from jumping newcomers in the winter to contending 1.40m classes at the end of the summer.
Alex Hemplemann and Jalanna. Alex qualified the British-bred six-year-old Jalil daughter at Pyecombe after taking second place.
Angel Tough and Dam Dam. Angel and the Luidam/Hors La Lo II six-year-old Dam Dam claimed second in the qualifier at the Scottish Summer Extravaganza to take their place in the HOYS final.
Annabel Shields and Creevagh Carisma. Annabel – who has collected eight HOYS national qualifying places over the summer – has the ride on the Irish-bred eight-year-old Camiro De Haar Z mare Creevagh Carisma after winning the qualifier at the Scottish Summer Extravaganza.
Bex Curtis and Vancurtis. Bex won a hot jump-off in the Weston Lawns’ second round qualifier to take a place in the prestigious HOYS final on David Fudge’s home-bred six-year-old Vangelis S/William Curtis mare Vancurtis.
Charlotte Arnold and Leestone Blue Voltet. Third at Area 15 North Yorkshire’s qualifier and fourth at the Scottish Summer Extravaganza, Charlotte and the six-year-old Plot Blue/Voltaire mare finished seventh at the National Championships and take their place in the HOYS newcomers final.
Donald Whitaker and Chilli. Donald and Tom Williams’ super-scopey six-year-old Colestus/Colorit mare Chilli have just returned from the world breeding championships where they finished second in the ultra-competitive six-year-old final. The pair won the qualifier at Wellington Riding Centre to claim their HOYS place.
Holly Smith and Manolito P. Holly and the Belgian-bred I’m Special De Muze six-year-old Manolito P qualified at their first attempt in the second rounds with second place at Arena UK.
Karl Robins and G Camille HBF. Karl and the British-bred seven-year-old Zirocco Blue VDL/Cassini I mare Camille finished second in Bicton’s HOYS second round to take their place in the HOYS newcomers final.
Liz Forrester and Furtst Bismark. This consistent eight-year-old Canturo/Cornet Obolensky stallion clear round jumper finished second in South View’s newcomers second round to claim their HOYS place.
Lucy Struthers and Dakota XX. Lucy and the British-bred Denver V/Rex Z six-year-old Dakota finished fifth in the qualifier at Brook Farm and took sixth in the Newcomers Masters at the National Championships, Stoneleigh.
Matt Sampson and Exsultate Des Hayettes. Winner of the 2017 Foxhunter final with Ebolensky, Matt is aiming for another HOYS title. He won Wales and West’s notoriously competitive qualifier on Harry Whall’s Belgian-bred eight-year-old Mozart Des Hayettes/Libero H stallion to take a deserved place in the HOYS newcomers championship.
Michaela Webb and Amarillo FSH. Michaela and the Conthargos/Artos Z six-year-old Amarillo clinched second place at Weston Lawns’ second round qualifier to take a HOYS finalist place in the newcomers championship.
Richard Howley and Cordocana. Richard and the six-year-old Cornets Balou mare Cordocana finished second at the Wales and West qualifier for a place in the HOYS final.
Laura Robinson and Bagghera. Laura and the French-bred seven-year-old Diamant De Semilly/Narcos II mare Bagghera jumped a treble clear at the Scottish Summer Extravaganza to qualify for the National Championships’ Newcomer Masters, and promptly took third to take a finalist place in the HOYS newcomers.
Lucy Townley and Billy Spiral. Lucy finished second in the qualifier at Wellington and has hit a recent run of form on Billy Stud’s home-bred six-year-old Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Billy Mexico mare Spiral, winning the Newcomers Masters at the National Championships, Stoneleigh, and finishing second in the All England six-year-old title and second in the six-year-old grand prix at Arena UK.
Also in the newcomers final – Kim Ashley Coburn on Marius Claudius/Zapateado seven-year-old Zeus Valencie, Luke Hill with the Billy Congo/Nimmerdor six-year-old Billy Galleon and Ben Raistrick riding the Wietvot/Tjungske seven-year-old Gezellig.
Qualifiers taken off the official list at British Showjumping
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