Lila Bremner makes an impression at Bolesworth
Pony riders took centre stage at the Equerry Bolesworth International on the penultimate day with Lila Bremner providing the only double clear of the Brown Shipley 148cm grand prix for a convincing victory on her ‘one in a million’ pony Lapislazuli.
Only four of the 28 starters accessed the jump-off with Lila again providing a clean sheet to win the class on the scopey nine-year-old bought three years ago via Tina Fletcher.
“It was quite a tricky course but he jumped really well. He’s so laidback but he tries his hardest every time. I got him when he was six and neither of us had done much, we’ve kind of grown together,” said Lila on the Lancer II gelding who will contend the pony showjumper of the year and Foxhunter finals at HOYS.
Claudia Moore was two sec quicker on Shamrock Du Gite but crucially lowered a pole to take second with Megan Li on Harry also on four in third place. Francesca Young came home on eight for fourth with Carnhill Luna.
An on-form Tabitha Kyle scored a double with 138cm and 128cm wins.
Tabitha was one of the favourites with three rides in the jump-off of the 138cm grand prix, and duly won on Playboy Van De Zoetewei to claim a Liverpool/Bolesworth double. She won the Liverpool 138cm with Lissduff Royal six months ago.
Half of the 20 starters posted initial clears for the makings of a hot jump-off but the on-form Tabitha, 11, making short work of the jump-off to take more than three sec off target-setter Noora von Bulow’s time on Tullineaskey Fear Deas.
“I’m very happy with that, it’s a big achievement after working our way up for the past three years,” said Tabitha, on the Belgian-bred eight-year-old she has produced from British novice.
“I came here three years ago and my ponies were still spooky and green and last year I was second on Playboy, so it’s really nice to have a win. My ponies have been consistent and Playboy has settled down a lot in the last couple of years.”
Noora finished second with Rachel Proudley in third and fourth on Icaris W (double clear) and Buttons Two (clear and four). Tabitha finished fifth and seventh with Lissduff Royal and Mister Proper, sandwiching Owen Carpenter’s Follow Jazzy Lady into sixth.
Seventeen tackled the 128cm championship over a two-phase track with Tabitha again taking the top spot, this time winning with 2.08 sec to spare on Living The Dream. Katie Bradburne galloped Runaway Dolly into second with Lucy Bowen-Howard in third and sixth on Toorboy Tommy and Buachaille Baire. Isabel Fortune Davies claimed fourth on Platinum Prince ahead of Eve McCoy aboard Carrowvila Izzy in fifth.
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