Emma-Jo Slater already had three championship titles under her belt but she didn’t rest on her laurels and claimed another two on the final day at the Scope Festival of Showjumping at South View.
Kim Barzilay’s consistent Baloubet Du Rouet/Clinton nine-year-old had already claimed victory in the 1.25m and 1.15m for Emma-Jo and added the 1.10m to their ever-growing tally. Six contended the jump-off but no-one was a match for this pair and they flew around the track to win by 4.72 sec.
“She runs on adrenalin and never gets tired,” said Emma-Jo.
Elsi Jacques filled second and fourth places with Morgito and Da Vinci V with Claire Membury sandwiched into third on Leo VII with the only other double clear. Grace Wallace took fifth on Eau Claire V and Toni Potts was sixth with Margaret D.
Emma-Jo took the 1m Novice on Kim Barzilay’s talented home-bred Kimba Castello. She made short work of the 17-horse jump-off, taking the top two places. Her early round took in every shortcut on the Castello Overcinge’s Z five-year-old out of the former grade A daughter of Heartbreaker Jessica Du Warchet.
“He’s the best novice with such an amazing brain older than his years,” said Emma-Jo, who also netted second on Charlotte Steel’s Calcourt Ruby, four sec separating the two.
Samantha Poole took third on Alchemy Histronix 5.70 sec behind the winning time with Emma Tideswell’s Jubilee Jack III in fourth and Grace Hughes (Ferdi VI) and Annabel Windsor (Never Ending Story) shared fifth spot on equal times.
Emma-Jo and Codebreaker almost claimed another win but Sinead Cox, 16, outpaced them to take the 1.10m on Valtaire with 0.41 sec to spare in an eight-horse decider.
“She’s my speed horse and loves going fast but it did take me time to get used to her speed,” said Isle of Man-based Sinead.
Emma-Jo was second with Annabel Windsor posting the only other double clear for third aboard MC Clover. Devon Grimes finished fourth on Miss Silver Dollar with Amanda Routledge in fifth and sixth on Violetta and Caloundra Van De Koekoek.
Olivia Sponer claimed the Kierson Restoration Bright Star championship from the front with a devastatingly fast round on PK Equestrian’s 12-year-old Westcoast Express.
“I kept as tight as possible and let her travel, she has lots of energy and is fast across the ground,” said Olivia, 13, who has only ridden this mare for five weeks.
Newly-crowned POYS Elite Debut champions Sienna White and Sky Bonita I finished second 0.21 sec in arrears for second with Lila Hill taking third on Lissroe Melody. Ella Spearing rode Laraghmore Martin into fourth and Elle May Hart finished fifth aboard Dun Angel.
First and second in the Tiny Tots 24 hours earlier, Hollie Gerkin, 9, repeated the feat in the Cats & Pipes 128cm Debut in a 10-strong decider. The fabulous 19-year-old Dimples Dilema again took the win for Hollie with Killaloe Gypsy in second, 2.06 sec separating the two.
Emmie Horner claimed third on Treflan Bero with Sophia Parry in fourth and fifth aboard My Mate Murphy and Bochym Beatrice and Billy Colclough posted the steadiest of the double clears for sixth on Dunard Hollie.
Gabriel Ball only joined British Showjumping this year but made his Scope debut a winning one with the cats & Pipes 138cm title on Bonnie XIII, a coloured seven-year-old loaned from Fiona Curley and Harriet Duffety nine months ago.
“She’s really careful,” said Gabriel, who won by 0.59 sec, saving his best efforts until the final day – “I lost my course in two of the preliminaries and had to circle before I carried on to finish on four faults – but I still qualified.”
Ruby Birchenough netted second on Glenwoodstud Dark Emerald with Emily Flockett aboard Sponge Bob in third. Phoebe Eaton guided Ellie Jay into fourth with Lily Parrott’s Cappuccino IV in fifth place. Harrison Glover filled sixth spot on Summerhill Jack and Shauna Ross took seventh with Chase Croft Troy Tempest.
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