Toby Fry commands victory at Stoneleigh
Toby Fry claimed a commanding victory in the 148cm championship with Zucan V to conclude day one at the British Showjumping National Championships in Stoneleigh.
A tough, technical track tested competitors and first-drawn Toby posted what would be the only double clear to win on the 14-year-old Zucan.
“As I was first in the ring I told myself to kick on and set a good time,” said Toby. “Now I’ve achieved my two aims of qualifying for Horse of the Year Show and Olympia in one hit!”
Ella Quigley claimed second spot on Rockdee Jay and Elissa Hermann guided Superbre De Laloena into third. Tabitha Kyle claimed fourth spot on Orchids Vienna with Jake Myers on Razorlite II and Tom Francis-Jones aboard Kiltormer Hero in fifth and sixth places.
Tabitha’s amazing 2019 form continued in speedy style. Fresh from her Royal International Hickstead 138cm title win, Tabitha claimed the National 138cm championship with her Hickstead winner Playboy Van De Zoetewei.
Eight from 26 competitors made their way into the jump-off with Tabitha setting off as favourite with two of the rides. And she didn’t disappoint, winning by two and half sec with a stylish yet super-quick clear that encompassed all the tight turns on the eight-year-old Playboy.
“I don’t overthink and ride every show the same,” she said.
Lucy Gilbertson guided Airbourne Freddie into second with Tia Squibb filling third spot on Drumaclan Flight. Elissa Herrmann netted fourth spot riding Misty Bay, Rachel Proudley filled fifth place on Icaris W and Tabitha also picked up sixth with Lissduff Royal.
Izabella Rogers’ flying form continued with Whinney Lass as the HOYS 2018 champion and Royal International titleholder for the past two years added the National 128cm championship to their ever-growing tally.
“I thought my round would be fast enough as Whinney covers the ground quickly,” said Izabella on the 16-year-old mare she has competed for the past three years.
Noora von Bulow guided Sparkel III into second with Emily Irvine claiming third aboard Bunbury Conquest. Evie Banks slotted Remington Steal into fourth with Tabitha on Living The Dream in fifth just ahead of Cate Kerr and Dunbarover in sixth.
Henry Nelson claimed the National pony 1.15m members Cup championship with Strider IV in a strong competition.Twelve of the 45 starters reached the jump-off with Henry providing the quickest of only two double clears to take the title.“The distances were tricky but I had my lines and turns planned and Strider is cool-headed with a big stride,” said Pembrokeshire-based Henry, 14.
Charlie Atkinson steered Seamus II into second place with Francesca Young's Quantico in third. Will Field and Killack King took fourth with Amy Morris on Tobar King in fifth and Sophie Wicks was sixth on King Mac.
Sienna White scored her biggest win in the pony restricted rider 1m championship with the coloured nine-year-old Touch of Marmite.
The early-drawn pair had set a competitive target but Sienna endured a nail-biting wait. And although challengers beat the time, it was at the expense of a rail down and they remained in the top spot.
Sienna is hoping for more success as she contends the pony newcomers and Foxhunter masters later in the week.
Drew Ross rode Kengarth Sally Anne into second ahead of third-placed Eleanor Smith on Granstown Fear Bui and Celia Chancellor with Birchill Mystic Minstrel in fourth. Joss Phillips (Rockmount Casper) and Lila Paterson (Cuilin Dun) filled fifth and sixth places.
Caitlin Wornham made the journey from Knebworth, Hertfordshire, worthwhile with the 1m final in the National Club championships on the Irish-bred 11-year-old Ballylee Boy.
“I knew I just had to go for it to be in with a chance of winning as the other competitors were so fast. Usually Ballylee Boy can be quite strong, but today he was calm and focused which really helped us to take first place,” said keen pony club member Caitlin.
Aoife Rew took second on Lively Lucy with third awarded to Lilli Fiddes on Killy Ferro.
Rebecca Norman clinched victory in a five-pony decider to take the Club 90cm final with the six-year-old coloured mare Trevadlock Golden Pearl.
“I always get last-minute nerves in the collecting ring but she never fails to fill me with confidence during our rounds,” said Devon-based Rebecca, who dreams of competing at Horse of the Year Show.
Talullah Taylor claimed second on Mountmary Lad with Aoife and Lively Lucy third.
Eight-year-old Brooke Harland made her debut at the National Club championships a memorable and winning one with both 70cm and 80cm titles on the 14-year-old Farchynys Sienna.
Six from 13 competitors reached the jump-off in the 70cm with Brooke posting a double clear to win.
“I found the course fun but challenging and was trying to improve on my speed by concentrating on tight turns,” said Brooke, who went on to a victory double, taking the 80cm with more than three sec in hand – “I had much more confidence in the second class.”
It marked a big achievement for Brooke as Sienna [aka Fudge] was a gift at Christmas and signalled the switch in career from lead-rein showing in 2018.
Talulla and Mountmary Lad also finished second in the 80cm ahead of Nicola Lock and Champagne Star in third. Christopher Lawson finished second in the 70cm on Bally Saprano with Mis-Haf Brown taking third on Coednewydd Majestic.
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