Red Morgan and Nicole Lockhead Anderson take podium places in the FEI ponies jumping trophy
A winner 48 hours earlier, Red Morgan claimed second place in the pony grand prix at Mechelen, Belgium, with Bodyssee Des Avelines, shooting him up the standings to take the runner-up spot in the overall FEI ponies jumping trophy.
Ten of the 15 starters went forward to round two but just one clear was evident in the second round, Ireland’s Katie Power taking victory in the grand prix with the only double clear and topping the FEI jumping trophy on the 16-year-old Ghost Rider on a four fault total.
Five penalties dropped Red, 14, and the 11-year-old Bodyssee into second spot and second in the standing on a seven fault total overall while Nicole Lockhead Anderson, 16, returned on eight faults for fourth place and third overall on nine with Gangnam Style.
A delighted Katie was overwhelmed.
“In the last round I was lying second and I knew I had to go clear. Red was in the lead but he made a mistake and I won – I can hardly believe it!”
Chloe Aston jumped into fourth in the 2* 1.40m two-phase with Kolibri Classic, the 16-year-old finishing 0.76 sec behind the pace. A steadier double clear from Chloe Winchester on Clayton 31 earned eighth spot.
Both featured in the 2* 1.45m jump-off, Chloe Winchester taking sixth with the eight-year-old Konstop with a double clear in the 13-horse decider. Chloe Aston returned on clear and four for ninth with Amigo T.
Robert Whitaker and Catwalk picked up five faults in round one of the FEI world cup qualifier for 18th. Only four of the 39 starters provided round one clears to access the jump-off, won by Germany’s Christian Ahlmann on Clintrexo Z with more than a second in hand over FGrance’s Kevin Staut aboard Edesa’s Cannary. World number one Harrie Smolders rode Don VHP Z into third with the only other double clear.
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