Holly Smith scored a victory double at the hugely popular British Showjumping Area 30 show at Dallas Burston in Warwickshire, winning the area trial and 1.40m.
The rangy Quality Old Joker stepped up to top the area trial for Holly. Thirty-three tackled David Cole’s 12-fence track with 15 jumping first round clears, although Holly elected to withdraw two of her four rides, Fruselli and Claddagh Iroko, to take equal 14th. The jump-off was all about the clock as six provided double clears, but Holly was fastest of the lot on the big-striding, Obos Quality 004/Slyguff Joker VII 11-year-old to win by 0.41 sec.
Louise Saywell eased Feigtling into second with Adam Botham on Enrico VII in third. Olivia Poole slotted Connery III into fourth, Louise also picked up fifth on Arakan and Holly was sixth with Hearts Destiny.
Holly also claimed the 1.40m with Fruselli. Fifty-six started here with 23 coming forward to the deciding round against the clock. Again, Holly claimed the upper hand, slotting the nine-year-old Zambesi/Karandasj stallion into top spot by 1.18 sec.
A delighted Amanda Bywater rode Triple Twist into second spot with Adrian Speight and Millfield Baloney in third. Ryan O’Sullivan finished fourth on Bonito VI, Paul Crago guided Jun Hof Ter Zeedyke into fifth and Ben Walker claimed sixth with Zirko Ni Um Z.
An on-form Olivia Poole notched up a hat-trick of wins. The Indoctro/Concorde 14-year-old Andorra carried her to the top of the 12-strong 1.25m accumulator, Olivia taking the £600 first prize with just 0.08 sec to spare. Jasmin Head took second on Ma Cherie Z ahead of Louise Saywell on Cayenne La Gazette Z in third and Jess Botham filled fourth and fifth on Gallicia and Vivamunde Z.
Olivia headed day one and day two’s 1.15m with the consistent Chinook BH. Thirty-four contended day one’s single-phase class with Olivia and the Lupicor/Quality Touch Z 12-year-old winning by 0.69 sec. Ben Bick claimed second on A Guillermo Z, John Crippen was third on Content and Vicky Lovegrove finished fourth and fifth on Codean and Cento Love.
Forty tackled day two’s single-phase, Olivia and Chinook racing ahead to take the win by two sec. John Garton-Pope jumped into second on Eldorado Velvet ahead of Julia Helm in third with Helms Rosso. Jess Botham filled fourth and fifth on Zosia and Isabelle Mirah and Caroline Webley slotted Zorro VI into sixth.
Jasmin and Ma Cherie topped the A, B and C handicap, the from the grade C section claiming the Montender 11-year-old top spot in the 15-horse jump-off with almost 10 sec in hand. Mark Turnbull eased Cartouch III into second ahead of Ann Taylor on Bateo Van Sint Maarten in third. Jess Botham took fourth and sixth on Howenna and Vivamunde Z, sandwiching Brian Thompson into fifth on Millfield Cascade.
Adam Botham held off the challenges of 68 rivals in the 1.30m single-phase on Zidane VIII, the Grosso Z 15-year-old taking the win by 1.66 sec. Chris Smith jumped into second on Coriander Van’t Vennehof and Jay Halim netted third with Abrisco. Bumble Thomas rode Ciandro into fourth, Jess Botham finished fifth on Gallicia and Louise picked up sixth on Cayenne La Gazette Z.
Emma-Jo Slater was another to score three wins. She claimed the top two in the 19-horse 1.20m single-phase with the Baloubet Du Rouet nine-year-old Freule TN and he Up To Date nine-year-old Code Breaker, 0.80 sec separating the two. Bumble Thomas was almost two sec behind for third on Quantum Treat.
Emma-Jo topped the 27-entry discovery single-phase with Kim Barzilay’s home-bred Kimba Castello, the Castello Overcinge’s Z/Heartbreaker five-year-old taking the win by 0.80 sec over Joe Trunkfield in second and third on Caherconree Show Time and Jet Set De Septon Z.
And Emma-Jo’s third win came in the 14-entry 1m with the Dokkum De Rialfo 10-year-old Jaguar De Saint-Pierre with 2.58 sec to spare over Mandy Dexter in second on her 90cm winner hChurchill Z. Alice Wilson took third place with her 1.05m winner Lady Larino.
Max Swanne claimed a victory double on the final day with two Euro Sport Horse home-breds. Max headed the 44-horse Foxhunter single-phase with the seven-year-old Outcast daughter Outcharm by 0.15 sec. Caroline Webley finished second on Besi Du Comte ahead of Brian Thompson on Hera Twiggy SVG in third and Jess Botham claimed fourth and fifth on Zosia and Isabelle Mirah.
Max took the preceding 37-entry newcomers single-phase on the Whisper In The Wind/Lester six-year-old Whisper T by 0.80 sec. Joe Trunkfield took second on the scopey Flipper Darco UK Z with Kate Blelochi in third, fourth and sixth aboard Goldlook, Cavalier Micky Finn and Bulano, sandwiching Amy Pritchard in fifth on Identity II.
John Crippen netted three of the top four places in day one’s newcomers, winning on the Tinkas Boy six-year-old Tamino HCT, taking second with the Inschallah De Muze seven-year-old Half Of My Heart and fourth aboard My King B Z, sandwiching Michaela Webb’s Infinity D into third.
John was also in contention for day one’s Foxhunter with Ici Van De Rikse, but Lucy Struthers hit form to win on the Denver V seven-year-old Dakota XX and take third aboard the seven-year-old Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve stallion History to leave John in second.
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