Helen Rees lands the Pyecombe grand prix


Helen Rees scored a handsome hat-trick of wins at the four-day extravaganza at Pyecombe and Brendon Horse Show, including the Pyecombe Summer grand prix with Bart VI (pictured with Bianca Du Rouet).

Twenty-seven initially contended the 1.30m grand prix over a 12-fence track designed by Keith Bristow with 12 making their way into the jump-off. None were a match for Helen, who took back the ride in May on her 13-year-old Bart – he was ridden for two years by Jamie Wingrove with much success on the International circuit – and she claimed the win by 0.22 sec.

Tony Pearson claimed second on Caroline Flood’s Berlin I with Alex Bishop taking third on Southend. Nicola Frankland finished fourth aboard Convinced I Am, Nicola Wilson was fifth on Horace Slughorn and sixth went to Ciaran Flynn on Lord Don.

Helen also claimed day one’s 36-strong Foxhunter with the six-year-old Bianca Du Rouet (Statinus/Balou Du Rouet) with a 0.35 sec advantage. Derek McCoppin rode Hertzel into second and Drew Walton finished third on MHS Fleetwood Mac.

Helen’s third win came in the Russell Pearson Memorial Veterans 1m with Helen’s long-time campaigner Maximo Des Forets. The Rosire 17-year-old flew into an unbeatable lead to win by 1.40 sec. Lesa Russell rode Bendro into second with Tracy Cottrell filling third on Renkum Graziana.

Helen almost made it four in day one’s 1.30m but had to settle for second with Bart in the 1.30m. Amy Carnet headed the 27-horse single-phase class with 0.81 sec in hand on Banderas. Steven Franks took third on Carlow Cruiser and Shirley Morgan was fourth with Glory B V.

Leesa Long notched up a multitude of wins, clocking up an amazing nine victories over the four days. Tammys Girl scored a hat-trick, the 16-year-old mare heading the initial 1.10m by 4.42 sec, taking day two’s 1.10m with almost a sec in hand and topping the amateur 1.15m with 1.76 sec to spare over Tony Pearson’s Amadeus M.

Saber – a Malito De Reves/Quick Star 15-year-old – posted a double for Leesa, winning day one’s 1.20m with 0.71 sec in hand before taking the South of England Ladies championship by the just 0.02 sec in a hot, 14-horse jump-off. Nici Wilson had to settle for second on Naomi 55 with Helen and Bart in third.

Leesa also claimed three wins with the five-year-old Irish-bred mare Rouaddi Entina with two discovery wins and a newcomer victory to add to her tally.

Ronnie Jones claimed the Gents 1.20m championship with Premier Diamond in a tough 16-horse decider, winning with 1.24 sec in hand. Tony Pearson took second on Captain Morgan III with Darren Wise in third on Calaero. Tristan Fell rode Floria II into fourth and Ciaran Flynn took fifth on Irish Warrior.

Hannah Tiley was a four-time winner. She claimed two 90cm victories on the Hesq Mighty Mojave 13-year-old Mojave, the Kingstown Cavalier 12-year-old Dunover topped a 1.10m with Mojave in second and the eight-year-old RLE Touch of Fabulous (A Hold Up Premier/Out of Touch) claimed the 1.10m Derby 1.56 sec over Simon Leadbetter’s Casino Royale 007 in second.

Harry Bateman notched up a hat-trick. He brought the Zirocco Blue VDL seven-year-old mare Zuniek VD Tojopehoeve Z to the fore in day two’s 1.30m, outpacing his 20 rivals in this single-phase class two win with more than three sec in hand. Leesa finished second on Carpe Diem Z with Darren Wise third on Calaero and Morgan finished fourth on Glory B V.

Harry was unbeatable in the Pyecombe 1.20m Derby, winning the 10-horse jump-off with the Bellagio eight-year-old Lex Lokoda and taking second aboard the Millbrook 13-year-old Granby, 1.04 sec separating the two. Darren rode Midnight Time into third with Emma Hinkley in fourth on Heritage Silver.

Harry’s final win came in the penultimate day’s 61-strong newcomers with Alabalou, the nine-year-old mare winning by 2.74 sec. Steven Franks was second on Set In Stone II and Helen took third with Smirnoff AP Silvio.

Double winners were also evident. Amy Smith and Irish-bred 18-year-old Templehill Merlin headed day two’s 1.05m accumulator with three sec in hand over second-placed Aimee Cooper on Woodstock N. And the pair went on to take the 22-horse small 95cm grand prix with more than two sec to spare over Louis Simmons in second on El Vira Z in the eight-strong decider.

Shaun Marsh doubled up on the 10-year-old Extra V with 1.05m and 1.10m wins and Helen Wheeler claimed wins in two British novice classes on the 11-year-old mare Lisdaleen Belle.

Ciaran Flynn claimed victory in the young rider grand prix over a 1.10m track with Brendon Stud’s home-bred nine-year-old mare Native Warrior (Warrior/Maestro Nativio) in a competitive 20-strong jump-off with 0.96 sec in hand. Hannah slotted Capistelle JX into second with Danielle Clarke taking third on Zelandro I.

Jessica Howard – also winner of the Bareback challenge – topped the Lairy and Skye five fence challenge with another of Brendon Stud owned horse, the Brainpower/Corland eight-year-old Genius Contender jumping to the top by an impressive 4.66 sec. Ciaran rode Lady Quality Imp into second and Claudia Rees was awarded third place on Ashbank Arabella.

Megan White took the Manhattan 90cm title in a 24-horse jump-off with 1.14 sec in hand on the 16-year-old mare Waydeste. Emma Jane Giles finished second with Murphy’s Diamond III, Madison Baker took third on Pauldaries Mysteque and Cameron Cobb was fourth aboard Clovers Boy.

NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.

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