Claudia Moore claimed two of the top four places in the first of the pony viewing trials at Arena UK, winning with her European medallist Elando Van De Roshoeve.
Twenty-four competitors came forward to tackle the 1.30m track with five gaining first round clears although a further three were just a little casual regarding the time and came home on one time fault each.
But Claudia was on form claiming two of the rides and it was the 16-year-old Elando who stepped up to the plate to take the win by 1.25 sec. Jennifer Billington slotted Faith X into second with Elissa Herrmann on the scopey Lapislazuli providing the only other double clear for third. One rail down dropped Claudia and second ride Delflip to fourth and Noora von Bulow claimed fifth with Shamrock Du Gite – a former ride of Claudia’s.
Tatiane Mauree was one of the unlucky riders on one time fault but she didn’t make the same mistake on day two and forged into an unbeatable lead with the impressive 10-year-old mare Horseabout Zibu.
Just four of the 25 starters contended the jump-off but none were a match for Tatiane and she seized victory with more than three sec in hand. Elissa and Lapislazuli jumped into second with Hannah Barker providing the only other double clear for third on Ammanvalley Santino. Claudia was out for another win with Elando but four faults pushed them down to fourth while three time faults in round one put Sebastian Marmont on Danubertha into fifth.
Tatiane scored a hat-trick over the two days. She claimed victory in the 44-strong 1.15m members cup, galloping into the top spot to win by 0.72 sec on Miami Moonbeam, a 12-year-old she inherited from older sister Anouk and a winner at Weston Lawns a week earlier. Oscar Hobby claimed second on Craughwell Boy with Allegra Squibb third on Coppenagh Oliver Twist and Grace Earnshaw finished fourth aboard Sunny Jr ahead of fifth-placed Tabitha Kyle’s Teagan Arla Rose.
And again Miami Moonbeam came to the fore for Tatiane in day one’s 1.10m pushing Olivia Sponer into second on Westcoast Express with Grace and Sunny Jr in third.
Grace upped her game on day two with the 13-year-old mare Sunny Jr with a victory double. They headed the concluding 1.10m and topped the 42-pony 1.15m members cup with almost two sec in hand over Eve McCoy’s Olympia VI. Tatiane and Miami Moonbeam finished third with Rachel Proudley taking fourth and fifth on Robin Hood Lad and The Bobster.
A viewing trial winner at Vale View the previous week, Olivia Sponer not only maintained her winning form, she dominated the children-on-horses viewing trials, heading the warm-up class and underscored her supremacy with the top two places in the trials on both days.
Nineteen contended day one’s single-phase 1.30m track with Oliva taking the top spot on her Vale View winner Crazy Girl I, a Corlensky G/Ars Vivendi 11-year-old. And she slotted Adonis V into second, 0.64 sec separating the two. Six double clears were realised with Noora taking third and fourth aboard Lucky Lisa and Dabelle with Phoebe Farman filling fifth and sixth places on Calle and Caristo VDL.
Olivia reigned on day two, although the results were reversed with Adonis in the top spot and Crazy Girl in second. Four of the original 15 made their way to the second round but Olivia was in charge and claimed the top two with the only two double clears and, after securing the top spot with the Askari 13-year-old Adonis, took a steadier route with Crazy Girl to record almost five sec difference between the two.
Sophie Evans registered the fastest time but a rail on the floor put MHS La Scala into third and Phoebe and Calle also returned on four to take fourth.
Olivia had already fired a warning shot in the 11-strong children-on-horses warm-up over a 1.20m speed track, firing into the top spot on Crazy Girl to win with 1.23 sec to spare. Phoebe slotted Caristo VDL into second with Sophie Taylor on Mill River in third.
Olivia’s winning streak didn’t stop there. She switched to riding her 138cm ponies to top the 138cm on Tullibards Silver Mine. Twenty-one contended this single-phase class with the ultra on-form Olivia flying into the top spot on the Irish 13-year-old to win by 1.13 sec. Tia Squibb guided Drumaclan Flight into second and Isabella Saunders Cook claimed third on Dycott Masterman. Olivia also caught fourth spot on second ride Top Silvio Hastak ahead of fifth-placed Xanthe Anstee Marriott aboard Printers Assassin.
Olivia was denied a fifth victory and had to settle for second in the initial 25-entry 128/138cm handicap single-phase with Silver Mine, half a sec behind winner Katie Bradburne on the 19-year-old Runaway Dolly. Thomas Hogan finished third on Darth Moll and Liala Ramici rode Lambay Off Broadway into fourth.
Thomas and the 18-year-old Darth Moll scored victory in day one’s 128cm, edging ahead of all 20 rivals over the 1.05m single-phase track to win by just 0.07 sec. Liala and Off Broadway jumped into second ahead of Katie Bradburne with Carrowvila Izzy and Lara Boman’s My Little Liesel in third and fourth.
Liala and the nine-year-old mare Off Broadway topped day two’s 41-pony 128/138cm handicap with 0.46 sec to spare over Katie and Runaway Dolly. Eve McCoy eased Misty Bay II into third and Tia Squibb with Drumaclan Flight finished fourth.
Eve and the 17-year-old mare Misty Bay emerged triumphant in day two’s 24-entry 138cm, edging ahead to win by 0.32 sec. Tabitha Kyle returned from winning four grand prix titles in Le Mans, France, on Sunday – three pony classes and the children-on-horses title – to take second on Playboy Van De Zoetewei. Olivia urged Top Silvio Hastak into third with Ruby Barrs on Quest Du Buhot in fourth and Poppy Deakin in fifth on Astral Ruben.
Isabelle Harris jumped to the top in the second of the 128cm classes, outpacing her 19 rivals by 0.55 sec on the 12-year-old Jim (Cobid). Thomas and Darth Moll finished second with Hollie Gerken in third riding Coppenagh With No Fear. Emily Irvine finished fourth on Bunbury Conquest and Persia Calderbank was fifth on Bylands Music Man.
Lily Watchman was in the money in ring two, clocking up many places and two wins. After taking third and fourth in the initial 70cm class with Lady Scirocco and Hollycroft Nemesis, Lily’s first win came in the British novice on the 14-year-old 128cm Nemesis. The 23-year-old Lady Scirocco came to the fore in day two’s 70cm and the year-old also picked up second in day one’s 80cm while the feisty Buttons Two – a former ride of Shaunie Greig and Rachel Proudley – finished second in the second day’s 90cm to Chelsea Cooke on Freckles III.
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.
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