Mark Edwards phenomenal success in 2019 continued at the British Showjumping National Championships as the on-form Welshman claimed the first of the HOYS wildcard qualifiers and the National 1.40m title with Montreuxs Tale.
Mark has enjoyed a sensational season on the county circuit with his home-bred team of horses with several area trial and International Stairway victories over the summer. And today, on the first day of the senior competitions at Stoneleigh, was no exception.
The first leg of three for the HOYS wildcard – offering the top two riders a chance to compete in the International classes at HOYS for the week – took place on Friday evening. The class also incorporated the National 1.40m championship, and Mark outpaced all his rivals take the top spot and the 1.40m title with Montreuxs Tale, a nine-year-old by his top horse Tinkers Tale.
Fifty-six initially contended the class with early-drawn Mark in flying form to head the jump-off, pick up maximum points for the HOYS wildcard and claim the £1,650 first prize.
“He’s a big horse at 17.3hh but he makes up for it by being light on his feet,” he said. “I was a little bit off an oxer [standing off a long way from the front rail], but he flew it.”
James Smith eased The Black Flyer into second place with Simon Buckley guiding Elia into third. Angie Thompson took fourth on Fremont VDL with James also in fifth on Twix De La Roque and Louise Saywell finished sixth with Arakan ahead of Adrian Speight in seventh on Millfield Baloney.
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