Eloise Squibb claims the double with Maestro

Eloise Squibb maintained her sizzling form at the British Showjumping National Championships and 24 hours after taking the pony newcomers masters, she seized victory in the pony Foxhunter masters with the super-consistent Rudgeway Maestro.

“I didn’t think I could have a double win especially as I knew the riders before me were quick so I had to go quicker,” said Eloise, 14, after taking victory from the 15-pony decider.

It is a relatively new partnership as Eloise only started riding Maestro two months ago.

“As we have only been together for two months, I came to practise my jump-off turns,” added Eloise.

Ella Quigley eased Daisy De Chambord into second with Charlotte Hollinshead in third with Alenas Ennistymon.  Holly Cooper finished fourth on Valentino Supreme with Jodie Burchmore Eames (Mighty Mouse W Van De Dauwhoeve) and Georgina Wareham (Sharelle) in fifth and sixth.

Eloise Burden was another to claim a second championship as she guided the five-year-old mare Happy Hero – already crowned British novice champion – into the top spot of the 148cm bronze league final.

Twenty-one of the original field of 39 reached the jump-off but only four double clears were evident, Eloise executing all the turns to claim a second sash and victory lap of honour by an impressive seven sec with Happy Hero.

“She’s special and tries really hard.  She’s not usually forward-going so I had to use the turns to my advantage but I didn’t come here expecting to win two classes – it’s a dream come true,” said Eloise.  

Katy McFadyen rode Red Flamenco into second with Grace Shudall in third on McFlorence.  Izzy Doyle took fourth on Ross Culleens Lad ahead of Elizabeth East (Toureen Boreen) and Crista Lockhead Anderson (Little Red Cloud) in fifth and sixth.

Elsi Jacques maximised on her final draw to take the 148cm silver league title with Westward Sunshine.  As 19 from 34 starters secured a place in round two to make a hot jump-off, Elsi finding the quickest route as last to go on the Irish-bred nine-year-old Sunshine.

“She’s super honest and always looks after me and I though I’d be in with a chance of winning as she’s super-quick,” said Elsi.

Francesca Young slotted Quantico into second with Olivia Davison in third on Gortahork Maeve.  Torryn Hubband and Heartbreak Express finished fourth with fifth going to Claudia Harding on Where’s My Colour and India Piper Daswell claimed sixth on Ballykeelaune Euro.

Kitty Underwood outpaced all to take the pony restricted rider 1.10m final with veteran 20-year-old Allihies Fir Baoi.

Nine of the 26 starters made it though to the jump-off but clears proved harder to come by in round two, the oxer following the double on a tight turn the bogey for many. 

It didn’t worry Kitty and the talented Baoi – who was gifted to her two years ago by the late Ken Pritchard – and she was one of only two double clears to take the top spot.

“We don’t jump him often and only take him to the odd show – we look after him, that is what is most important,” said Kitty’s mother Lara.

Torryn jumped the only other double clear for second on Heartbreak Express with Eleanor Smith in third on Granstown Fear Bui.  Imogen Kennedy finished fourth aboard Gwyndyuch a Ko-Ko, Daisy Williams was fifth on Bermudez BDA and Olivia Davison filled sixth spot with Sir Fancy Pants.     

Nellie Lock raced to the top with the speedy Ellie’s Miss Chief to be crowned champion in the 138cm bronze league final.

A double of verticals dashed the hopes of many in the jump-off but Nellie conquered the track in fine style to win.  Nellie, 9, has only ridden Miss Chief for the past four months and came to this venue on form after winning a 10-year-old and under class at Wales and West two weeks earlier. 

“She has a lovely temperament and isn’t hard to control so I just told myself to go for it.  I’ve been training really hard with my trainer Sandra Dean as this class was our aim and all the hard work has paid off,” said Brentwood, Essex-based Nellie, who was also awarded another sash as best-placed pony club member.

“I’ve got five years left in 138cm classes and would love to compete at HOYS one day,” she added.

Sienna Palin claimed second place on Calusa with Cameron Cobb in third aboard Williams Dream Boy.  Phoebe Green steered Annandale Royal Warrant into fourth with Amelia Tredinnick in fifth on Castlefort Cracker and Phoebe Diment took sixth aboard Sandhills High Flyer.

Lila Davies headed a strong 22-pony jump-off with Marthas Darling to take the 128cm bronze league title.  They saved the best until last, flying into victory from the final draw.

“My sister was winding me up before I went in the ring, all I wanted to do is beat her,” said Lila, who only learned to ride two years ago.  The 21-year-old mare Marthas Darling was her first pony and she will hand the ride to younger sister May later in the year.

Norfolk-based Lila took second sash with the win as highest placed pony club member.

Liala Ramaci claimed second with Arrogan Emily TR and Hollie Gerkin eased Dimples Dilema into third.   Alfie Diaper was fourth on Euro Magic with Lily Watchman in fifth on Ardlea Star and Lila’s sister May took sixth on Mojo II.

Poppy Dargan returned triumphant in the pony discovery final, beating 85 rivals to the title with the 10-year-old Brynithon The Maverick.  Eighteen managed first round clears to access the jump-off with Poppy claiming the win by the narrow margin of just 0.11 sec.

“I worked hard to keep him focused, taking the turns carefully to come home clear,” said Poppy.

Megan Trott had to settle for second on Quay with Charlotte Page aboard Qrevette Gii in third and Eloise claimed fourth with Happy Hero.  Evie Tighe on Daisy Duke and Sophie Huckvale’s Melrise Misty filled fifth and sixth places.


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


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