Ollie Tuff and Jack Whitaker featured in the junior grand prix to conclude the Dutch Youngster Festival in Wierden, The Netherlands.
Only seven from an entry-list of 53 survived round one over a tough track to make their way into the jump-off with Ollie returning another penalty-free round on his 11-year-old 2018 HOYS Foxhunter champion Darino B (Verdi/Burggraaf) to slot into third place. They were 1.90 sec behind the winner, The Netherlands’ Elize Van De Mheen on Ferdinand B. Jack Whitaker was close behind to take fourth on the King Louie 10-year-old Queen Elisabeth.
Lily Freeman-Attwood scored victory in the final day with Cor-Leon VD Vlierbeek Z in the young rider/junior 1.30/1.35m.
Thirty-nine contended this two-phase class but Lily found all the shortcuts on the nine-year-old Cor-Leon to win by 0.95 sec. Jordan Gann on Lakeland Dancer and Allana Clutterbuck with Urlevent Du Bary posted steady double clears for 14th and 16th.
Claudia Moore claimed third in the hotly-contended pony 1.30m grand prix with Elando Van De Roshoeve.
Twelve of the 46 starters came forward to the jump-off with Claudia and the 15-year-old Elando maintaining their 100% clear round record – they were double clear as a member of the winning Nations Cup team – to again jump a foot-perfect round. They finished 1.14 sec behind the winner, Germany’s Johannes Beeken on Mentos Junior 2.
Red Morgan was also double clear for fifth on Bodyssee Des Avelines while four faults dropped Elloise Smit on Newton Samson and Hannah Barker’s Ammanvalley Santino to ninth and 12th.
Claudia slotted Shamrock Du Gite into second in the pony 1.25m two-phase, the French-bred 13-year-old finishing 1.28 sec behind the winner, Ireland’s Ryan Sweetnam on Kilcummin Cruise. Four faults of the second phase dropped Shaunie Greig and Teagan Arla Rose to seventh.
Tabitha Kyle, 11, has quickly established a great rapport in two months with Holly Smith’s huge Irish-bred nine-year-old Grennanstown Sarco Luxhill with several victories already to their credit. But they had to settle for a place down the line in the children-on-horses grand prix.
They were one of 10 from 52 starters to jump clear and access the jump-off, but a rail down in round two dropped the pair to sixth. Amelie Gachoud also came home on four for seventh on The Precious One.
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