Will Edwards is back on the road to recovery

Will Edwards is still recovering from a car accident in the Christmas holidays but made his third show back a winning one on the final day at the Arena UK Major Showjmuping Championships.

He claimed the young riders grand prix title on the Chacco Blue/Hearrtbreaker nine-year-old Candies B.

“I’m still weak but I’m working hard on physio and building back up to bigger classes,” said Will, 19, who topped the three-way decider with the only double clear.

Jai Snelling claimed second on the Tolan R 11-year-old Ringo R and Millie Dickinson was third aboard the Coriano 15-year-old Cairo Z II.

Flo Norris saved the best until last to take the Trevor Burrows Memorial 1.30m grand prix on Lorielle.

Only five of the 25 starters reached the jump-off with last-drawn Flo cruising into the top spot to win her first class with more than four sec in hand on the Lordanos 11-year-old bought five months ago.

Harry Wainwright finished second with the only other double clear on the It’s the Business 10-year-old Pinheiro Beech.  Annabel Shields slotted Carnoneybridge Challenger into third ahead of Carla Bowlam in fourth on Quality Street and Darren Wise claimed fifth with Calaero.

Katie Shaw followed up on her early results – three wins in the 1.20m and 1.15m classes, a 1.15m second and a third in the Knock-out – to claim the amateur 1.20m grand prix title on Fools Business.

Five contended the jump-off with penultimate drawn Katie the only rider to attempt a tight inside turn to the double to win by a handsome three sec.

“We have such trust in each other, that turn was always on and he’s such a fighter and wants to win as much as I do,” said Katie, on the home-bred It’s the Business 18-year-old.

Liberty Bramwell rode Falausca Fortuna into second ahead of Steph Gunn in third with Quastor Du Buisson Z.  Amy Ryan claimed fourth on Millfield Ester and fifth went to Elsi Jacques and Da Vinci V.


Penultimate drawn Sophie Holliday angled fences at an incredible pace to the top the 13-strong jump-off of the 1.15m grand prix with the No Limit 16-year-old Westerhofs Limit.

“I’m so confident with him in a jump-off, I trust him and put my foot down,” she said.

Melissa Garry finished second on Hotesse with Isobelle Bradley in third aboard Chadonna Z.  Rosie Gunn rode Jagerbomb into fourth with Lorna Madden and her Knock-Out winner Enesco taking fifth spot.

Brooke Hunter doubled up with the five-year-old and 95cm titles. 

Sixteen took part in a hotly -contended jump-off for the five-year-old with Brooke edging ahead by just 0.02 sec on Otis VD Dashoeve – winner of last year’s four-year-old here.

The Casino Royal Van De Hunters/Karate Kid VH Geelhof gelding was bought unbroken two years ago.

“He’s cheeky but laidback although he lights up in the ring,” said Brooke.

Rachael Connor chased hard but had to settle for second and third with Isabeau SSB and Juvenosa with Jake Saywell and Ebanking in fourth.  Zoe Smith finished fifth on Jamaar and Maggie Macalary was sixth aboard Indian Quality Z.

Brooke’s favourite Little Cruise came to the fore in a late run in a 20-strong decider to win the 95cm final by 1.57 sec.

“He’s my baby and more like a child, he has such a loving personality,” said Brooke.

Long-time leader Ellis Jones rode Darco L into second with Lorna Madden on Never Stop in third.  Grace Walker Raper with Bakula De Mojen was fourth ahead of Shannon Kelly in fifth on Prince VD Waterhoeve and Linda Barber filled sixth spot riding Spring Charm.

Joss Williams enjoyed an incredible week with three major wins on Culmore Prospect.  And the winning didn’t stop there as he netted the Graduate grand prix for discovery horses on new ride of two weeks Zodiac II, a six-year-old by Zacharov.  Mark Turnbull finished second on Ashton Highness ahead of Danielle MacDonald with Cullions Girl Friday.  Joss also finished fourth on Arkand Lass SL with Russell Wright in fifth aboard Overdale Alanna and Codie McGowan was sixth on Ciska VD Spithoeve Z.

Joss nearly claimed another grand prix but had to settle for second in the Apprentice grand prix for British novice horses on Queen Of Clubs II.  Jade Lawson claimed almost four sec in hand for the win on the six-year-old Womanizer daughter Brownstowns High Hopes.  Caroline Barnes was third aboard She’s Just Class with fourth going to Lorna Madden on Castel Bolero.  Isobelle Bradley steered Rockability I into fifth and sixth was awarded to Kyle Hassell on Dieuwke.

Locally based Steph Gunn claimed the concluding 1.05m title with the late Jade Wilson Ayres 16-year-old Wendy III. 

“She loves the job and is so easy,” said Steph on the mare she has ridden for the past three years.

Freya Yeomans finished second 1.32 sec in arrears on Cougar Maid with Christian Day in third on Arc De Triomphe in the 12-horse jump-off.  Zoe Henshall took fourth on Warno with Emma Tideswell in fifth aboard Nelsons Tinker and Janine Dolan was sixth on Lord Matcho.

Olivia Poole jumped to the top in the Jade Wilson Ayres 1.10m final on Andorra, the Indoctro/Concorde 14-year-old winning with 3.49 sec in hand in a 15-horse decider.

Amy Ryan rode Heather M into second ahead of Elizabeth Lutener on Flinstering Du Monden in third.  Tom Dovkants was fourth with Zaza Z, Darren Wash jumped into fifth on Quotender and Charlene Bastone guided Last Dream VT Amaryllishof.

Kirstie Leightley topped the Midway grand prix with the Dollar Dela Pierre 13-year-old Sunshine De La Love, easing ahead in the 16-strong jump-off to win by more than three sec.  Ciaran Flynn rode Brendon Stud’s Don VHP Z/Hamilton Tropics six-year-old Tropical Don into second with Isobelle Bradley in third aboard Tentado Mi Amor.  Aileen Heggie finished fourth on Ballybrack Teddy, Annabel Shields was fifth with Empress I and sixth was awarded to Kelly Aldous on Billy Maple.


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