Charlotte Arnold is off to HOYS with Leestone Blue Voltet after topping the Equitop Myoplast Foxhunter second round at Dean Valley in Cheshire.
Course-designer Gillian Milner set a 12-fence track for the initial 42 competitors and skilfully reduced them to 14 for round two with eight going forward to tackle the third and final round against the clock.
In the event, only three provided treble clears, Charlotte holding all the aces on Blue Voltet, a seven-year-old Plot Blue/Voltaire mare she has produced for the last three years from British novice, to win by 2.13 sec. Simon Buckley is also NEC, Birmingham bound after slotting the Je T’Aime Flamenco/Guidam seven-year-old Pewit Dezesseis into second spot.
Olivia Poole just missed with third on My Premier Touch but joins fourth-placed Amy Ovens on F Palma and George Whitaker in fifth aboard Giranette for a second qualifying chance in the Foxhunter Masters at the National Championships, Stoneleigh, in August.
Alex Thompson returned to winning form at his second show back following a seven month break with Cathalina V, the 10-year-old Catoki/Sandro mare heading the 1.40m speed with the only clear. The first element of the double caught out Geoff Billington but the quick time was sufficient to put the Conterno Grande 12-year-old Con Man JX into second and Jo McGlory finished third and fourth on Calimera VIII and Triomphe Kervac.
Angel Tough triumphed in the 1.30m single-phase, holding off all 16 challengers by an impressive 5.84 sec on the Cassini II/Royal Feu 12-year-old Callumbus. Laura Johnson provided the only other double clear for second on the seven-year-old mare Beluga Z with Brian Thompson in third aboard Aredis De La Rose and Tony French guided Boda RE into fourth.
George Whitaker scored a double on day one, winning both 1.30m and Foxhunter classes. Shooting Star – a Voss/Indoctro seven-year-old bred by John Whitaker and owned jointly by John and George – came to the fore in the 24-horse 1.30m single-phase to win by 1.36 sec. George’s brother James eased the Candello Z 11-year-old Caloro Ex Z into second with Jo McGlory in third on Calimera and Ellen Whitaker was third riding Jack Van’t Kattenheye.
George also triumphed in the Foxhunter on the seven-year-old Rinwood Viktor V, the taking the win with two sec in hand over Jo and Cupid II in the 10-strong jump-off. Shelley Harrison took third on Hero JL and Chris Smith was fourth on Sovereign Equestrian’s Be Caprivi.
George almost made it three but Charlotte Horne was quicker to claim the initial 18-strong 1.25m two-phase with almost four sec to spare on the nine-year-old mare F Kwanah IS over George aboard Rinwood Viktor in second and Charlie Millin took third on Volante IX.
Rebecca Marsh landed day three’s 1.30m speed with more than three sec to spare on the Temple Croesus 12-year-old Predator Ridge. Caroline Ravenscroft steered the six-year-old Nepal VD Withoeve into second ahead of Izzy Watson in third on Gardentio while Iwan Carpenter finished fourth on Merllyns Chacco B and went on to top the 1.20m.
Jo topped the 1.20m on the Flamenco De Semilly/Galoubet A eight-year-old Flaming Key SR Z with 0.67 sec in hand in a three-way decider. Tony took second with Boda RE and Robert Maguire steered Flamenco De Pravia into third.
Adam Owens landed the final day’s Foxhunter by half a sec with the Artist VDL eight-year-old Bonmahon Goldtown over Chris Smith’s Anastasia V in second.
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