The phenomenally on-form Tabitha Kyle took home the lion’s share of the winnings of Bicton’s summer pony premier, including the top two of the HOYS 128cm aboard Coreys Princess and Living The Dream.
Thirty contended a 12-fence track designed by Peter Gillespie with nine reaching round two and seven made their way to the jump-off, Tabitha claiming three of the rides. But here, only one treble clear was produced, Tabitha, 11, sensibly guiding Coreys Princess in an easy pace to secure the top spot. Living The Dream was more than 13 sec faster as Tabitha hit top gear, but the first element of the final double fell to put them into second.
Izabella Rogers fell victim to the same fence to take third on her gold league 128cm winner Whinney Lass with Katie Bradburne in fourth on Runaway Dolly and Noora von Bulow jumped into fifth aboard Ponyhoeve Parel. Tabitha was also sixth on Borderhill William and Ella Spencer finished seventh with Telynau Royal Damask.
Tabitha had got off to a flying start with victory in the first two classes, winning the 1.05m by four sec on the 12-year-old Living The Dream and taking the top two in the 1.10m with consistent 138cm ponies Playboy Van De Zoetewei and Lissduff Royal.
Tabitha and the Irish 16-year-old Lissduff Royal scored a double on the middle day. They scooped the 62-strong Graham Heath 128/138cm handicap with 0.71 sec to spare, beating Tia Squibb and Thelma’s Gift into second spot with Olivia Sponer third on Tullibards Silver Mine.
And Tabitha claimed first and third in the gold league 138cm, winning on Royal by 2.20 sec and taking third aboard Mister Proper, sandwiching Iwan Carpenter and Follow Jazzy Lady into second.
On the final day, Tabitha landed four of the top five places in the Graham Heath 128/138cm handicap, the eight-year-old Playboy stepping up to the plate to win with 0.68 sec in hand over second-placed Olivia Sponer on Forlan. Tabitha brought Royal, Living The Dream and Coreys Princess into third, fourth and fifth – all jumping clear.
Noora von Bulow was in charge in the HOYS 138cm with two of the top three places. A 12-fence track whittled the 32 starters down to 12 then seven for the final decider, Noora forging ahead to take the win by 1.73 sec on the 18-year-old Tullineaskey Fear Deas. She also claimed third on Sonas Barney, sandwiching friend and rival Elissa Hermann – both train with Jason and Katrina Moore – into second with Misty Bay II. Five posted treble clears with Lauren Caroline in fourth on The Jacaloupe and Olivia Sponer filled fifth aboard Top Silvio Hastak. Mimi Digby finished sixth on Kiltormer Dan and seventh went to Ruby Barrs on Quest Du Buhot.
Jennifer Billington outpace all to take the pony showjumper of the year with Faith X. Five jumped initial clears from 26 starters but only four came forward to the jump-off, Ella Quigley opting to withdraw Rock Deejay – bred by her mother Sharon out of her former top ride DeeJays Rio Grande – as she knew she had taken a qualifying place in fifth.
Jennifer and the nine-year-old mare Faith fairly flew around the track to zip into the top spot by 1.18 sec. Madison Heath slotted the Verdi nine-year-old Flavia into second and Red Morgan also returned a double clear for third on Bodyssee Des Avelines with Ava Vernon on the already qualified Whos Arco in fourth.
Jake Myers is off to HOYS after holding off the challenges of 61 rivals in the Blue Chip pony newcomers with the scopey Macuta II.
Krissy Spillers’ 11-fence track reduced the number to 20 for the second round with just 12 emerging in the final jump-off. But Jake, 15, had the measure of the track and eased the German-bred seven-year-old Macuta into a 2.22 sec victory to ensure a HOYS finalist place.
Eloise Squibb has only ridden the 13-year-old Rudgeway Maestro for two short months but they have quickly established a partnership to claim two HOYS finalist places at this show and finished second here. Elysia Heagren Bond finished third on Attyrory Golden Lady and Olivia Sheppard secured the final HOYS place with fourth on JAC Surprise Addition.
Missing out on HOYS but claiming another qualifying chance at the National Championships in August – Holly Cooper in fifth on Epee Nazar, Paige Newton on Ulyss Keziah in sixth, seventh-placed Red Morgan with Demon Du Bary and Ava Vernon finished eighth with her Foxhutner finalist Major Obos.
Eloise and Rudgeway Maestro also picked up a HOYS Foxhunter place with third spot.
Izzy Goddard came the fore in the HOYS pony Foxhunter with Strawberry Rojo, an 11-year-old mare who has reached the third round to jut miss out on several occasions. This time it was their day.
Eight of the 32 starters reached round two over a 12-fence track with just three coming forward to the final round against the clock, Izzy and Rojo providing the only treble clear to win. The penultimate fence caught out Tatiane Mauree and the already-qualified Horseabout Zibu for second place and the second element of the double claimed Eloise – but it was enough to qualify.
Elysia and Attyrory Golden Lady also picked up a HOYS Foxhunter ticket with fourth. Anoushka Mauree finished fifth on Giblins and Thomas Hooper was sixth aboard Intention EEZ.
Liala Ramaci clinched the top spot in the 31-pony Pony Club 128cm mini major Olympia qualifier with 1.21 sec to spare on Lambay Off Broadway. Thomas Hogan on Darth Moll took second in the 17-strong jump-off with Tommy Goody’s Hardwickview Yen Man in third and Isabella Beecroft-Luckett took fourth aboard Red Alert III.
Elsi Jacques claimed a victory double with Westward Sunshine, winning day one’s 1.20m by an impressive 4.38 sec over Cleo Loizzo and Banner Girl. And Elsi and the nine-year-old year-old mare Sunshine topped the final day’s 1.15m by a 3.67 sec advantage over Jodie Burchmore Eames and Robe Ruadh.
Elsi also finished second and third in the 148cm 1.20m Derby with Dapple Grey Dewdrop and Sunshine. Thomas Pritchard claimed the win with the only clear on My Annie.
William Field claimed the top two places in the 86-pony 1.05/1.25m handicap with Killack King and Koningshoek Mistique – both from the 1.05m section – 2.79 sec separating the two. Henry Squibb finished third on Clyde Barrows.
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.
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