Team Smith had a successful trip to Solihull Riding Club’s pre-HOYS four -day show with Holly dominating the 1.40m and her protegee Nicole Lockhead Anderson winning a strong Blue Chip Dynamic B and C.
Forty competitors initially tackled course-designer David Cole’s 12-fence track with 19 coming forward in the grade C section and five grade B’s jumping a higher track in the handicapped class. But none were quicker than Nicole as she produced a deceptively fast round on Jason Nunn’s Akham Hero Z - an Irish-bred eight-year-old she has ridden for two months - winning by an impressive 1.41 sec.
“He suits Nicole, we’re hoping he will step up to top junior level next year,” said Holly.
Max Swanne used his final draw on his Outcast eight-year-old grade B Leonidas Red Rivers Pride to take second place with Gemma Ellison slotting Fernhill Off Chance (grade C) into third. Liz Forrester and Elivander Emaire (grade B) finished fourth with Ben Bick on the grade B Galerius in fifth and Sam Oliver’s Gluk (grade C) sixth.
Holly claimed two of the top three places in the 20-strong 1.40m single-phase. An early round on Fruselli was relegated by Derek Morton on brand new ride Science Supplements Basic but Holly returned to skilfully guide Dutch-bred 11-year-old Denver XI into the top spot, winning by 1.65 sec.
“He’s evented to 4* level and I think a lot of him,” said Holly, also third on the nine-year-old Zambesi stallion Fruselli.
Derek was at his first show with the Berlin 13-year-old Basic – previously ridden by Phillip Miller and more recently John Crippen – after the year-old arrived at Derek’s Beech House Stud, Staffordshire base just six days earlier.
“I’d only ridden him once during the week as I’ve been so busy, but he came out and jumped well,” said Derek.
David Coombes Gyde finished fourth on Freddie 55 with Ben Bick aboard Kameron Van Het Lindehof in fifth and Miles Pearson picked up sixth riding Castiel.
Derek landed the concluding 1.30m single-phase with Science Supplements KBS High Quality, but it was close. Just 0.22 sec separated the top three, Derek winning by 0.18 sec on the year-old with Izzi Ryder on In The Mood VHK in second and James Rosewell aboard Levis K in third.
Liz Forrester claimed victory in the Blue Chip Karma performance in the fifth draw of a seven-horse jump-off with the Zirocco Blue/Indoctro eight-year-old mare Gassara.
“She is so genuine, I can turn her as tight as I like and she’ll get me out of any situation,” said Liz.
Max Swanne rode the Outcast six-year-old Phoebe Red Rivers Pride into second with Nikki Freeman third aboard Firstsign B. Sophie Cornwell-Boote eased Vanilla Ice III into fourth with Rebecca Karling in fifth on Sirnunn Lancelot Legend ahead of Mennell Watson in sixth with the steadiest of the double clears on Extrem Forest.
Nikki powered to the top in the Blue Chip Joint RLF power with Meganne V. Twenty-three of 50 starters contended the jump-off with Nikki securing the top spot with angled, inside turn to a midway vertical, winning by 0.25 sec.
“She’s unfit, she only came in from the field on Tuesday as we don’t have a stable for her at the moment but she’s so easy she’ll jump,” said Nikki.
Jenna Palmer Evans’ early round secured the second qualifying spot with the eight-year-old mare Cassilieneke H Z and Norman Proffitt eased Grison VD Breemeersen into third. Ryan Page rode Helrite into fourth ahead of Millie Cornock and Just Do It in fifth and sixth-placed Agata Smolen on Mephisto Van Hallen.
Caroline Webley doubled up with DDS Demolition 1.25m and 1.15m wins. A flying, impressively fast round secured the 15-strong jump-off in the 1.25m for Caroline on Diploma B, the Zento/Carthago Z 11-year-old taking the win by 0.85 sec. Nikki Freeman steered Sue McCreath’s 12-year-old Latisha into second with Angie Thompson in third and fourth on Flint K and Cornet Obolensky Junior. Milli Cornock claimed fifth on Boavista Delsendam and Liz Forrester finished sixth with Elivander Emaire.
Caroline also claimed first and fourth in the 1.15m, winning with the nine-year-old Zambesi mare Besi Du Comte and taking fourth on Zorro VI. Liz Forrester guided Gassara into second with Claire Membury’s Mini Business II in third.
Emma Slater topped Thursday’s 1.30m with half a sec to spare on the nine-year-old Balou Star stallion Ruxton Hullabalou. Angie rode Videor R into second with Liz on Furst Bismark in third ahead of fourth-placed Miles Pearson and Castiel.
Ben Bick topped Friday’s 1.30m on the Cabrio Van De Heffinck/Winningmood eight-year-old Ginadina PP with Adrian Speight on new ride Heartstring in second ahead of Derek and Basic in third.
Alena Hughes finished third in Wednesday’s Foxhunter/1.20m with the Cornet Obolensky 13-year-old C’Mon Girl to winner Ondine King’s Quester Loma SB, and the pair picked up the pace in the following 1.30m to win by more than two sec. Claire Daniels rode El Paso RK into second in the 1.30m with Ryan Page in third aboard Remus Third Time Lucky.
Chris Smith topped Friday’s Foxhunter with 0.61 sec in hand to give the Cardento/Padinus seven-year-old Hornet a good run out before contending the HOYS newcomers final next week. Ben Bick rode Hokke into second and Claire Daniels was third with Olinka Van De Noordheuvel.
Claire Membury headed Thursday’s Foxhunter/1.20m on Leo VII from Angie Thompson’s Bridge Town.
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