Carmen Edwards secured a convincing victory in the Speedi-Beet HOYS grade C with Happy Valerie at the Cheshire Horse Show – formerly known as the Warrington Horse Show.
Forty-three competitors tackled Sue Barratt’s 12-fence 1.35m track at this Tabley Park Knutsford venue with 10 reaching the jump-off. And with five jumping clear again, it was all about the clock but Carmen found the shortest route on the Dutch-bred seven-year-old Valerie (Verdi/Dutchboy) to win with 3.27 sec in hand.
Steph Callwood guided the British-bred 11-year-old Opis Day into second spot and Paul Barker claimed the third HOYS qualifying place on Crispina Z. Emma Sargeant claimed fourth on Fantaisie B and Faye Sutton finished fifth with the only other double clear aboard Zoey 12.
Keith Shore jumped to the top to take the area trial in fine style with Hermes I.
Seventeen initially jumped in this class but only two found all the answers over the 12-fence first round track but they were joined by the three four-faulters in the jump-off. Nonetheless, Keith remained penalty-free to take the £1,000 first prize on the Clinton 12-year-old with a sensible, easy round.
A midway fence dropped Paul Barker and the Van Gogh 11-year-old Dalton W into second place while John Ellis ensured a clear second time out to take third on Ashdale Luison. James Smith netted fourth with Simply Splendid and Paul Barker guided Sovereign Equestrian’s Happy Boy into fifth.
Paul clinched victory in the 1.30m with Lux Fabulous, the Lux14-year-old - already a double winner over the weekend with two 1.25m victories at Muirmill - winning with 2.75 sec to spare. Vere Philipps steered the Marius Claudius 12-year-old Skerne Scipio into second ahead of Louise Whitaker on Brendon Stud’s home-bred nine-year-old Warrior daughter Special Warrior in third. Geoff Goodwin claimed fourth on Master Finn with Laura Johnson’s Luxalike in fifth and James Smith posted the steadiest of the double clears to take sixth on Just Max.
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