Joe Trunkfield lifted the Shaw Farm Stud five-year-old championship and £2,000 first prize with Emma Sweeney’s impressive Kade Hof Ten Zoetendaele Z.
Seventeen of the 58 starters reached the jump-off with the Kastar Hof Ten Zoetendaele/Ahorn mare showing class as Joe guided her into a to sec win.
“I only ride her at shows, Emma keeps her at home and does all the fitness work,” said Joe. “She’s quite small but actually very rangy and the course suited her well, there were lots of areas to make up ground.”
“I didn’t even go to see her when she was advertised and bought her from a video, she arrived the next day. We’re thrilled with her progress,” said a delighted Emma.
Keith Shore claimed second place with Betty Brandon’s home-bred Mystic Magic (Asterix E Z/Handel).
“We broke her in as a three-year-old and have just kept her ticking over without asking too much. She’s only competed in about 20 classes in her life and this was her first stay-away show but she’s an exciting one for the future,” said Keith.
Bethanie Knight finished third on Julius (Actionbreaker/Cantos) and Pippa Funnell took fourth on Billy Lambert.
These four also lifted their share of the £4,000 bonus on offer to horses that jumped clear every day. Seven shared with Ben Dunning (RSH Innovation), Phillip Miller on Klent Kick On and Matilda Lanni with Jacpot (Arezzo VDL/Voltaire).
The top four British-bred horses set to compete in Lanaken, Belgium, at the world breeding championships are – Keith and Mystic Magic, Pippa Funnell on Billy Lambert (Cevin Z/Andiamo), Ben on eighth-placed RSH Innovation (Odermus R/Darco) and Phillip with ninth-placed Klent Kick On (Warrior/Caretino Glory).
Alfie Bradstock and Elliott Smith shared the honours in the Theraplate UK Puissance.
Three reached the final round with Alfie on the energetic 12-year-old H D’Or (Catwalk Van De Helle/Caesar Van De Helle) and Elliott riding the aptly-named big-jumping nine-year-old Flamboyant III (Cardento/Niveau) clearing the big wall at 2.20m in the fifth and final round.
Nick Benterman finished third despite his valiant attempt on Cartos Z when bricks toppled from the wall.
Newly-crowned national champion Harriet Nuttall survived a rub at the last with Silver Lift to take the 2* 1.30m.
The fast-paced class was packed with drama and speed as 59 riders chased after the top spot but late-drawn Harriet was the quickest of them all on her partner of eight years Silver Lift, the Easy Lift/Silver Cloud 14-year-old edging ahead to win by only 0.12 sec.
: “We know each other inside out and have so much trust and confidence together. He doesn’t waste any time in the air which is really what wins classes when it comes to the jump-off or speed classes.”
Louise Saywell slotted Feigtling into second with Annabel Shields and Wet Wet Wet in third. Georgia Tame collared fourth place on Z7 Canya Dance ahead of Zak Beesley with VDL Groep Alitta and Millie Allen’s Erik in fifth and sixth.
Georgia Tame claimed her second victory this week with Jeff Ten Halven, topping the 28-strong under 25 championship in a two-way decider when first round clears proved scarce.
James Wilson was going well on Garande but a momentary lapse of concentration saw the pair take the wrong course. It left the door wide open for the on-form Georgia and she took advantage of the clear run to return another penalty-free round to secure the win.
“I jumped him for the first time last week at the British Showjumping National Championships just to get used to him. He’s gone well and has so much scope, my job is just to contain him and ask him to wait for the fences,” said Georgia.
“I rode him for two hours this morning to keep him chilled and relaxed. The course made you think and ride every stride so I couldn’t be more pleased with him. Shane rode him at Royal Windsor and Bolesworth in June and will now no doubt want him back,” she added.
Charlotte Hayes returned on tow time faults in round one to take third with Big Cruiser.
Former Badminton competitor turned showjumper Laura Jackson landed the Voltaire Design amateur 1.25m final with Jo Bamford’s Goldfever seven-year-old Gloria.
“Gloria had six weeks off before the show as I have been busy with Pony Club camp and the summer holidays, so to come here and win is fantastic,” said Laura. “She’s such an easy mare and there is no rush for the future so we are just taking our time as she is so kind and forgiving and we want to keep her that way.”
The pair produced one of three double clears in an eight-strong decider and won by 1.52 sec.
“She’s naturally fast against the clock and could event at a high level. She can turn her hand to anything, as long as I sit and leave her to jump she is very special.”
Based in Warwickshire, she evented as Laura Sheard, competing at top level until she sold her leading rides when she purchased two youngsters that showed promise in the showjumping field.
“I work with horses full time managing a yard and my event horses always did well in the jumping phases but there was more work to be done on the dressage so it made sense to show jump full time.
Polly Shaw eased Why Not Fado into second with Gemma Wright in third on Cool Boy. Ellen McPherson finished fourth on Cookie III ahead of Vicky Lovegrove in fifth on Centolove and Richard Jenkinson was sixth on La Force De Tamerville.
Annabel Lomas claimed victory in a fast-paced 15-strong jump-off with Vraiecocotte Berence to take the Equerry Horse Feeds amateur 1.15m final, holding off strong challenges from Vicky Burns.
Kicking on to the last, Annabel, 16, edged ahead to take the win by just 0.11 sec with the Kashmir Van Schuttershof/Diamant De Semilly 10-year-old she has ridden for three years.
“I’ve just finished school so this is a fantastic summer for me,” said Annabel, who bought the mare from Carl Edwards. “She’s very reliable and consistent and gives me so much confidence, I’m jumping at 1.20/1.30m level now and hope to progress up the levels.”
Vicky had set a blistering pace on first ride Denzel and chased Annabel with second ride Hippy, just finishing outside the winning time to take second and third places.
“Hippy is fantastic in a jump-off as he’s always looking for the next fence,” said Vicky. “Denzel has just come back form 12 months off with injury after trying to jump out of the field so I’m delighted with both of them.”
Gemma finished fourth on Top Limit with Natasha Dunsdon’s Bridge Town in fifth and Stacey Willsone eased Varo M into sixth.
Eoin Gallagher topped the five-year-old consolation on OS Meursault (Typhoon S/Clarimo) by 0.22 sec over Derek Morton in second on Zlatan Z (Zirocco Blue VDL/Centauer Z). Bex Mason brought Vanfeins into third.
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