Tabitha reigns in Scotland


She ruled the 2019 small pony premiers and Tabitha Kyle is setting out in 2020 in the same vein. Although she is now out of 128cm grade, the 12-year-old commandeered the top three places in fine style in Sunday’s winter 138cm at Morris EC.

An initial 18 tackled the 12-fence 1.15m track set by Ian Clark with the nine first round clears reduced to just four for the final jump-off, Tabitha claiming three of them. And to underscore her talent, she provided three treble clears to guarantee a Royal International appearance, winning on the ultra-consistent Irish-bred 16-year-old Lissduff Royal by 0.35 sec.

Tabitha guided Mister Proper into second and picked up third with the feisty Follow Jazzy Lady. Noora von Bulow went all out to win and beat the time by 0.31 sec but the penultimate fence fell to drop Sonas Barney into fourth.

Poppy Deakin came to the fore in Saturday’s winter 138cm with Icaris W, an eight-year-old produced in 2019 for her by Rachel Proudley. The 20 starters were initially reduced to seven with just three coming forward to the third and final round against the clock, Poppy and the scopey Icaris producing the only treble clear to command the win. Noora took second with Sonas Barney and Gabrielle Whitehead filled third in Sandstone Izzy. And Noora was the fastest four-faulter in round two to also pick up fourth on Tullineaskey Fear Deas.

Eleanor Archibald and My Little Sweetheart Connie Mensley and Madonna

Connie Mensley and Eleanor Archibald fought it out for Saturday’s three winter 128cm Hickstead places. Just three posted first round clears from the 19 starters, Eleanor claiming two of them. As the qualifiers had been decided, the result was academic and Connie with Madonna alongside Eleanor with My Little Sweetheart both returned four faults in round two to share the top spot with Eleanor and Pondhead Dexter coming home on eight for third.

Lara Boman and My Little Liesel Thomas Hogan Darth Moll

Sunday’s winter 128cm was also shared with Lara Boman on My Little Liesel and Thomas Hogan aboard Darth Moll proved the only two from the 14 starters to jump clear over a 12-fence track. The pair returned clears in round two and opted to share the top spot.

Tabitha had started the weekend off in winning style with first and third in the 50-strong Graham Heath 128/138cm, Lissduff Royal again taking the top spot by 0.31 sec and Mister Proper slotting into third. Kieran Taylor was sandwiched into second with Ashwey El Britaniko with Lara Boman fourth aboard My Little Liesel.

Tabitha made it a hat-trick with the British Showjumping 128/138cm handicap, Another Barney firing into the top spot by 2.11 sec. Sunday’s British Showjumping 128/138cm winners Pebbles Walker and Peanut IV slotted into second with Madelaine Archibald third aboard Little Field Twilight ahead of Lewis Lawson in fourth on Jimdone and Millie Lawson fifth with Le Macho Van De Stompslag.

Kieran outpaced Tabitha in Sunday’s 45-pony Graham Heath 128/138cm, Ashwey El Britaniko flying to victory with 0.48 sec in hand over Lissduff Royal. Michael McColm rode Tynebank Royal Jubilee into third with Evie Banks fourth aboard Mayfly Green Peter and Connie Mensley filled fifth on Gemstone Sienna.

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