Fresh form her sixth win in the British novice championship, the on-form Emma-Jo Slater claimed the double with the discovery title on Kim Barzilay’s home-bred Kimba Castello on the final day at the British Showjumping National Championships, Stoneleigh.
Twenty-eight contended the jump-off with Emma-Jo’s sizzling standard-setter remaining ahead despite several challenges, the Castello Overcinge’s Z five-year-old winning with more than three sec to spare.
“He’s so careful and just keeps getting quicker and quicker, he’s a 16.3hh in a 12.2hh pony’s body,” said Kim.
“It’s fantastic to be double champion on the same horse, he feels so powerful from behind,” said Emma-Jo, who won both British novice and discovery titles two years ago with Kings of Leon.
Rachael Connor finished second on Juvonesa with Tony Pearson in third on Seapatrick Cardento. Derek Morton rode Zlatan Z into fourth with Lucy Tubb fifth on Forked Lightning and Adam Taylor was awarded sixth on Annabel Z.
Derek took victory in the five-year-old final with Brian Squire’s Zirocco Blue VSL/Centauer Z stallion Zlatan Z.
The 24 starters were reduced to 11 for the jump-off with Derek claiming the win with 0.43 sec in hand.
“He’s been knocking on the door all year but he was on fire today,” said Derek on the handsome grey he has produced since a four-year-old.
Jess Botham eased Fairmont III (Catoki/Calido) into second ahead of Harry Wood in third with Johidoki. Angie Thompson was fourth riding Kokonut Van De Nethe Z and Milli Cornock filled fifth place on Just Do It I.
Ronnie Jones lifted the Prestige Italia Big Star National six-year-old title with Ruth Dowie’s Interstar B.
The six-year-old faced a testing, two-round 1.30m track to qualify for the third and final round against the clock. And Ronnie and the I’m Special De Muze/Ohorn gelding were on form after qualifying for this final with a treble clear at Hickstead’s Derby meeting and won the Royal International six-year-old at Hickstead on their last outing.
The pair have been on form all summer. They also won the Windor six-year-old title and the newcomers second round at Bicton to qualify for the HOYS newcomers final. And they eased ahead here to take the prestigious Big Star title.
“I didn’t realise the class was three rounds! After jumping this class you know you have a horse for the future, it asks so much of them. And I’m so pleased for the owners, they deserve the win for all the support they have given me,” said Ronnie.
Ruth bought Interstar as a green five-year-old from a field and Ronnie has carefully produced him from the start.
Carron Nicol was narrowly beaten into second on her home-bred Fantaland/Mr Visto stallion Vistogrand into with Daniel Moseley in third aboard SFS Damascus (Veni Vidi Vivi V/Vamiro M) and Alfie Bradstock took fourth on Gainsborough.
Lauren Edwards claimed the 64-strong National 1.30m championship from the front in an eight-horse decider with Andy Doswell’s 10-year-old Zirocco Blue VDL/Emilion mare Ella Sandra G.
“I prefer to go first because I can do my own thing and I’m not tempted to take a risk. I just did what I wanted to do, was sensible and jumped clear,” said Lauren. “I’m quite confident in her as she’s naturally fast, the turns suited her and I knew I could trust her on the long gallop to the last.”
Liberty Bramwell secured second place on Balibu with Kimberly White in third aboard Hippo B. Harry Wainwright took fourth on Muckno Princess ahead of Ben Raistrick in fifth with Jinja Von Der Weretherbach and Amanda Bywater rode Triple Twist into sixth place.
As they have done for the past three years, the Fletcher brothers dominated the young rider classes with Will claiming the under 21 title and Olli seizing the under 16 championship.
Will – who won the under 21 final in 2017 while his brother Olli was victor on Temple Rebus last year – saved the best until last, snatching the 2019 under 21 championship on Emmerton II despite the heavy rain and beat the competitive target set by Joe Fernyhough.
“He’s not usually a quick horse, more of a big jumper, but this is the first time I’ve let the handbrake off and it was worth it,” said Will, 20, on Judy Peploe’s Dutch-bred Verdi TN 10-year-old.
Joe took second on Jappeloupe Van Het Neerenbosch with Izzi Ryder in third on In The Mood VHK. John Ellis guided Ashdale Luison into fourth and Joe Stockdale took fifth with Tornado Des Monts.
Olli landed the under 16 title for the second consecutive year. In 2018, he rode Dahar to victory, this year Horst Van de Mispelaere stepped up to the plate.
“He’s very quick and careful; if you gallop to a fence he’ll jump it,” said Olli, who has ridden the Wandor Van De Mispelaere/Polydor gelding since January.
Phoebe Farman finished second with Caruso D’Eres Z and Josie Symons rode Duffy II into third.
Nina Emery specifically targeted the National Senior rider class and landed the title with a storming round on the Lupicor/Goodwill 12-year-old Colien over a 1.20m track.
“Once you’re in a rhythm, you just keep going and ‘Coco’ is kind, careful and looks after me,” she said.
Brian Thompson netted second on Aredis De La Rose with Clea Phillipps in third and fourth aboard Way Okay and Skerne Scipio.
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