Emma-Jo Slater flies to a Scope Festival win

Emma-Jo Slater hit top speed in the six-horse jump-off to take the 1.25m championship on Kim Barzilay’s Baloubet Du Rouet/Clinton nine-year-old Freule TN.

“She’s mega-quick, mega-careful and wants to win – she is so like my favourite mare of all time, Uttah Van Het Indihof [mother of Billy Twomey’s 5* ride and Kim’s home-bred Kimba Flamenco],” said Emma-Jo.

“This one’s not for sale, we’ll take embryos off her,” said Kim.

Paul Sims was 1.67 sec in arrears for second on Oaken Gracie with Claire West’s Dancer II in third. Eve Staveley took fourth on Shadow VI with Tors Edwards in fifth on Bella XIV and Francesca Young filled sixth aboard Carla II.

Madiy Jamison utilised her final draw to the max in a five-horse decider to take the Marnic under 23 championship for the second year running on the Uccello 10-year-old Ultravox II.

“We haven’t done much recently as I was sitting my A level exams but I got a flyer to the last and trusted him – he’s ultra-fast and ultra-careful,” Madiy, 18, who has secured a university place at Rease Heath in Cheshire studying Equine Science and Sports Therapy.

Morgan Carpenter claimed second 1.48 sec in arrears with Merllyns Chocca Nova and Grace Wallace finished third on Eau Claire V with the only other double clear. Robert Skyrme posted the fastest time of the class on Dungimmon Sunrise but lowered the vertical going into the double to drop to fourth and Laura Madden finished fifth on Enesco.

Elsi Jacques left the best until last to claim the Wicks 1.20m Jubilee Championship for the second consecutive year on the 12-year-old stallion Trevoulter Ladies Man.

“He’s a nutter but super-friendly,” said Elsi, 14, who was the only rider to attempt the inside turn to a midway oxer to win by 1.14 sec – “I held him in, got him deep and he jumped it.”

Madison Heath had taken a brief lead on Cisco Bay in the penultimate draw but had to settle for second with Glain Watkin-Jones in third on Trevor H. Claudia Hardin guided Where’s My Colour into fourth ahead of Charlotte Hollinshead on Alena’s Ennistymon in fifth and Elsi also picked up sixth on Dapple Grey Dew Drop.

Tabitha Kyle’s sizzling form continued as she claimed both 128cm and 138cm sections in the Graham Heath Equestrian primary.

She took the top two places in the 128cm after starting the week with victory with the first championship of 2019, the Scope Junior Adventurer Championship on Lickaun Lady.

Five reached the 128cm primary jump-off, Tabitha and Thomas Hogan with two rides apiece pitted against Sophie Wicks. But Tabitha took charge from the off, laying claim to the top spot with her opening round aboard the 12-year-old Living The Dream to retain last year’s title when she claimed the top three places.

“He’s so quick, if he’s clear, he’s hard to beat,” said Tabitha, 12, who brought Coreys Princess into second spot.

Thomas Hogan finished third and fifth on Darth Moll and Little Miss Millie with Sophie Wicks in fourth aboard Camizion.

A battle royal between Tabitha and Rachel Proudley in a hot 15-pony decider saw Tabitha emerge triumphant on Lissduff Royal. Tabitha had taken an early lead on Playboy Van De Zoetewei but Rachel Blitzed the time on the feisty Buttons Two. But a determined Tabitha returned to slice 0.18 sec off the time in the penultimate draw to secure another win on the Irish-bred 16-year-old Lissduff Royal.

“It’s always a tussle between these two and either one of them could win – and it makes for a great jump-off,” said Tabitha’s father Mark.

Owen Carpenter took third on Follow Jazzy Lady with Tabitha in fourth on Playboy. Olivia Sponer netted fifth spot on Forlan with Poppy Deakin in sixth and seventh aboard Astral Ruben and Icaris W.

Henry Welch topped a 19-strong jump-off to take the Graham Heath Equestrian Senior 85cm Debut championship on Westcoast 2nd Edition.

“She’s small and can turn tight, I took the tightest lines possible,” said Henry, after recording his biggest win.

Berkshire-based Henry, who works for PK Equestrian, has ridden the nine-year-old British-bred mare for 18 months.

Ellie Bates finished second with In The Limelight II and Emily Morris guided Bean Cruising into third. Phoebe Jefferies took fourth on Zipwire and Libby Dean filled fifth spot aboard Billyboy Himself.

Lila Hill utilised every tight turn option to top the 23-pony jump-off for the Swn Y Mor Equestrian novice masters with 0.98 sec to spare on the coloured eight-year-old Oreo Patches.

“He’s so genuine I knew he’d do the tight turns, whatever you point him at, he’s up for it,” said Lila, who celebrates her 15th birthday next week.

Eloise Burden finished second with Happy Hero and Isabelle Morrisey was third on Clonlara Stripe. Jasmine Guy finished fourth aboard JJS Blue Eyed Boy ahead of Louise McDonald in fifth on Maily 17 and Priscilla Beach was sixth riding Beachys Legally Blonde.

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