Claudia Moore dominated the feature Harcour JA grand prix at an action-packed five days of the Pony of the Year Show, now in it’s second year at the Onley Grounds venue in Warwickshire.
Nineteen contended the JA over course-designer Neil Theobald’s 13-fence 1.30m track but only Claudia came up with all the answers – and she did it in style with two ponies. She guided the French-bred 13-year-old Shamrock du Gite into a foot-perfect round to record the first clear, and then repeated the feat with her 2018 European individual bronze medallist Elando Van De Roshoeve. And as no-one else jumped clear, she opted to make the 15-year-old Elando the winner with Shamrock in second.
“They both felt fabulous all week; Shamrock was on form after winning the qualifying class in the outside ring and Elando just loves the pressure, he comes up trumps every time and fills me with confidence,” said Claudia.
“The track was big and technical but it was fair. There were lots of subtle questions in the course, you needed scope to jump the combination and the last line was tricky with a tall plank for the final fence following a decent oxer off a turn.”
Elloise Smit so nearly forced a jump-off with the 17-year-old Newtown Samson but the front element of the double of vertical water trays fell and the pair had to settle for third. Nonetheless, having won the first qualifier and finished third in the second, their consistency paid off with the JA leading rider award.
Noora von Bulow dominated the Cats & Pipes 128cm grand prix, claiming the top two places with the only double clears of the class. The original 20 starters were initially reduced to six with four coming forward to the final jump-off. And Noora kept a cool head to net the top two places, winning on the 18-year-old Peppino Il Grande and taking second aboard the 21-year-old Sparkel III, 2.23 sec separating the two. Katie Bradburne was quicker by almost five sec but the penultimate rail fell to drop Runaway Dolly to third. Sophie Wicks on Camizion filled fourth place and four faults in the second round put Thomas Hogan and Little Miss Millie II into fifth.
Lauren Caroline recorded her biggest win with The Jacaloupe, taking the Cats & Pipes 138cm grand prix with the sole treble clear. Nineteen contended this three-round class over a 12-fence track with just four finding all the answers to go forward into the second round and ultimately, the jump-off. But only Lauren and the 19-year-old The Jacaloupe remained penalty-free in round three to take victory. Elissa Herman with Never Last II and Tia Squibb aboard Drumaclan Flight both returned on four faults for second and third while Owen Carpenter filled fourth place on Follow Jazzy Lady.
Nicole Lockhead Anderson jumped to the top in the under 18 grand prix with Holly Smith’s scopey Manolito P. The 13 starters were reduced to just three for the jump-off, Nicole landing the top spot by 1.11 sec on the I’m Special De Muze seven-year-old. Alice Weightman claimed second on Cindy VI with Meredith Minderman taking third on Eribelle N after hitting the final fence and finished fourth with the fastest four in round one aboard Prize Mix.
Alice topped the 15-strong children-on-horses 1.25/1.30m handicap final with Cindy. Only three reached the jump-off with Alice and the 12-year-old Cindy – from the 1.30m section – producing the only double clear for victory. Amelie Gachoud was almost five sec quicker but a rail down put The Precious One into second and Meredith Minderman claimed third on Prize Mix.
Charlie Atkinson outpaced all to take the Talentspotters grand prix with Seamus II. Thirty-four initially tackled this handicap class open to 128cm, 138cm and 148cm ponies with nine coming forward to the jump-off. And it was all about the clock as six provided double clears but Charlie was the quickest, flying into the top spot on the Irish-bred 18-year-old to win by 1.09 sec. Henry Squibb slotted Kilcurry Dawn into second spot with Claudia Harding aboard Where’s My Colour in third. Charlotte Hollinshead netted fourth and fifth with Crossword and Alenas Ennistymon and Georgina Wareham guided Dun The Business into sixth.
Jodie Burchmore-Eames hit form to score a handsome double with the consistent Mighty Mouse W Van De Dauwhoeve, heading both the JC and seven-year-old grands prix.
Seven of the 20 starters contended the JC jump-off with Jodie forging ahead to claim the win by 3.78 sec on the Dutch-bred Breemeersen Crescendo daughter. Amelie Gachoud slotted Mogwai into second with Eloise Squibb in third on Rudgeway Maestro. Iwan Carpenter took fourth on Merllyns Mermaid with Cassidy Jorritsma aboard Forest View Grey Fox in fifth with the steadiest of the double clears and Rachel Proudley finished sixth on Jet III.
Only three ponies contended the seven-year-old with Jodie and Mighty Mouse claiming the top spot with the only clear in the first round. Elloise Smit came home on eight faults for second with Dereen Flyer and Saskia Mohan finished third on Ballyerk Cobalt.
Ten six-year-olds and two five-year-olds came forward to contend the five and six-year-old grand prix with Red Morgan coming to the fore on Sue Evans’ French-bred six-year-old Demon Du Bary. Seven reached the jump-off but Red claimed a convincing victory with the only double clear. Patrick Thurston finished second with the six-year-old Dromore Hill Foxtrot and Eloise Burden netted third with the five-year-old Happy Hero. Six-year-olds filled the next three places with Leah Booth on Carnaval Pay Day in fourth ahead of Hannah Barker’s Lara B in fifth and sixth-placed George Cowley aboard Llwynhywel Brave Dancer.
Fresh from her Blue Chip Championships win with newly-crowned Attyrory Golden Lady, Elysia Heagren Bond claimed another title with the novice grand prix. Thirty-one competitors tackled an 11-fence track with 12 going forward to the jump-off, Elysia, 14, galloping into victory by 1.10 sec on Kerry Grimster’s Irish-bred eight-year-old. Maisy Williams jumped into second on Korado II with Lily Rhys in third on Fond Of A Drop. Sam Dunning took fourth with Sequoia Misty Blue, Elysia also claimed fifth on Bwach Lady and Bethany White finished sixth with Santa Cruz V.
Eloise Burden claimed victory in the Introductory grand prix with the five-year-old mare Happy Hero, flying into the top spot of the 15-pony decider to win with more than two sec in hand. Caitlin Wornham eased Ballylee into second with Rachel Proudley third on Crown Jewel I and Skye Henchoz in fourth aboard Cragreagh Snowball II. Daisy Hughes rode In A Daze into fifth and Anabelle Crickmore finished sixth on Roisins Galway Girl.
Lila Davies lifted the Andrews Bowen 11-year-old and under grand prix on the speedy Dun N Dust It. Sixteen of the 25 starters contended a hot jump-off with Lila racing ahead to take the win by 1.71 sec on her 14-year-old British Showjumping Springboard 138cm final winner. Kaitlin Trott rode Annandale Moonfleet into second place with Liala Ramaci in third on Arrogan Emily TR. Hollie Gerken finished fourth on Black Jack III and sixth aboard Dimples Dilema, sandwiching Alice Crowley into fifth on The Agent.
Kristina Yeoman triumphed in the 36-strong mini grand prix with Legend Reborn. Twenty-five tackled round two to make the jump-off a hot one, but Kristina pulled out all the stops on the 20-year-old 138cm mare to take the win by 1.28 sec. Liala Ramaci rode Lambay Off Broadway into second spot with Bethany Tabernor in third aboard Tullamoon Black Pearl. Minilaya Stowe jumped into fourth on Treowen Baby Blue ahead of Victoria Hawkes in fifth on Castleplunkett Blaze and sixth-placed Izzy Hornsby with Country Dolly Mixture.
Liala upped the pace on Lambay Off Broadway to go one better in the Inbetweeners grand prix, outpacing her 23 jump-off rivals to take the win by 0.91 sec on the Irish-bred eight-year-old mare. Holly Gerken guided Black Jack III into second just in front of Sophie Glover’s Dolly XI. Maisy Williams claimed fourth on Konzales Van Orchids with Katie Goring and Willow John in fifth and sixth awarded to Sula von Bulow with Bellfield Benjamin.
Mimi Price seized victory in the prelim grand prix on Holiday Girl Friend. Ten of the 29 starters gained access to the jump-off but none were a match for Mimi as she stormed into the lead on the 11-year-old mare to win by 0.35 sec. Sam Dunning clinched second place on Whitehawk Pocahontis just ahead of Elise Souter on Expats Guardian Of The Seas with Eva Rose Welsh-Mullany in fourth riding Dunmore Jolly. Harriet Billyeald clinched fifth spot on Grianagh Talisman and Milie Plummer finished sixth on Primitive Faerie Dust.
Cleodie Sherriff topped the introductory classic with the only double clear in the four-pony jump-off on the 15-year-old mare La Bamba Balysz. Sam Dunning finished second on Lough Side Larry with Francesca Fox in third aboard Ted IV and Jessica Pitcher rode Lauristons Lad into fourth spot.
Ryan and Emma Perrett dominated the inbetweeners classic, Ryan taking the win on the coloured 18-year-old Little Okehurst by just 0.08 sec in front of Emma aboard thw 19-year-old Whizzy Socks in an 11-pony jump-off. Anna Ball finished third on TGF Sapphire and Toby Clapham took rode HHS Lady into fourth place.
Matilda Stowe claimed a win in the mini classic on the 14-year-old mare Trevoulters Hot Totty in an 11-strong jump-off with 1.36 sec in hand. Rosie Smith clinched second on Glen Hill with Toby More’s Small Talk third and Bella Crowley finished fourth on Silver Star II.
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