Thomas Hooper lands the pony showjumper of the year at Chard Equestrian

September 28, 2020

Thomas Hooper landed the pony showjumper of the year with Intention EEZ at Chard Equestrian Centre in Somerset.  Chard’s organising team quickly and efficiently stepped in at short notice to put this show on as Wales and West were unable to host any shows due to the rules by the Welsh Government.

Eleven competitors came forward to tackle course-designer Krissy Spiller’s 11-fence track and just two produced first round clears, Thomas pitted head-to-head against Henry Squibb on Casino Royale VIII. 

Henry was well on the way to setting a quick time on the 17-year-old but when the fence two from home fell, it left the door open.  And Thomas stepped up to the plate to provide a clear round on the Belgian-bred 12-year-old mare Intention – who jumped double clear in both newcomer and Foxhunter finals at HOYS last year – albeit more than five sec slower.

Four riders made just one mistake each, with Tatiane Mauree taking third on Miami Moonbeam ahead of Jake Myers in fourth with Coolattin Red Arrow, Alfie Miles rode Handels Kosmos into fifth and Mia Newman picked up sixth on Oh Wow.

Elysia Heagren-Bond commanded victory in the pony Foxhunter second round with the only double clear on Attyrory Golden Lady.  Thirteen competitors came forward to tackle a 12-fence 1.20m track and three survived to go forward to the jump-off.  Elysia used her round wisely, taking the steadier option to leave all the fences intact and take the top spot on the Irish-bred nine-year-old Golden Lady.  Henry Squibb was more than three sec faster but lowered the second fence to take second on the eight-year-old Clyde Barrows and Luli Loveridge finished third on Latinka TJ Van Overis. 

The Blue Chip pony newcomers second round was also won on a sole double clear as Thomas Bradburne commandeered the top spot on the Irish-bred seven-year-old Derryinver Rocky.  Six of the 18 starters accessed the jump-off but all incurred four faults second time out, Tom Francis-Jones beating the winning time by almost two sec but at the expense of a rail to take second with Madonna Van de Drieshoeve.  Matty Turck rode FJ Dunn Enough into third with Gabriel Ball in fourth aboard Rescue.  Jake Barton claimed fifth on Opan and Bella Wild eased Llwynhywel Brave Dancer into sixth place.   

Bella provided the only first round clear in the 11-pony 138cm qualifier to win without the need of a jump-off on the 11-year-old mare Fancy A Baileys.  Five riders came home on four faults apiece, Emily Morris proving the quickest to take second on Yess Jess.  Ella Spencer claimed third with River De La Courance ahead of Alice Crowley on Aristo Justice and Minilya Stowe aboard MullaghGloss Rebel in fourth and fifth.

Bella was on form and doubled up in the 80cm classes on the 10-year-old mare Thornberry Minuet, winning on day one with 3.59 sec and topping day two’s class by one second exactly.

Just seven competitors contended the 128cm qualifier with Katie Bradburne proving the runaway winner with the only clear rounds in round one to take equal first on the 13-year-old mare Carrowvila Izzy and the 19-year-old Runaway Dolly.  Evelyn Bond-Smith made just one mistake to come home on four faults for third riding Rockyview Hanah.

Holly Pearson-Taylor claimed victory in the pony discovery second round with the 18-year-old Baronsdown Obi Kanobi.  Fourteen of the 24 starters produced initial clears over a 95cm track with Holly finding the quickest route second time out to win by 2.29 sec.  Eight provided double clears to fill the qualifying places with Victoria Messent taking second on Lucky Lou and Rebecca Norman filled third spot aboard Trevadlock Golden Pearl.  Bella guided Llwynhywel Brave Dancer into fourth ahead of Fynn Baker in fifth riding Birchills Juniper Berry.  Mia Newman finished sixth on Currabawn Zanzibar, Finlay Adams claimed seventh with Riversdale Cheeknee and Harry Wilkins filled eighth spot on Hazelrock Rebellion.

A sizzling round in the pony British novice second round earned Emmie Horner and Treflan Nero the top spot.  Ten of the 19 starters returned first round clears over course-designer Paul Connor’s 11-fence track with Emmie’s super-fast round on the 14-year-old gelding claiming the win by more than eight sec.  Jasmine Capps provided the only other clear to take second on Senateview Taurean.  Juliette Bostock claimed more than a second in hand over the winning time but the penultimate fence fell and dropped Ballygub Lady to third while Amy Evans rode a similar round on Katie Daly II to take fourth.  Connor Harris Murray rode Morrigan Serena into fifth, Hallie O’Dell finished sixth on Lackaghmore Sam, Eva Foldvari finished seventh aboard Mr Parkroe Sammy and Millie Mackey filled eighth place with Doylan Noble Gift.

Ryan Perrett topped Saturday’s 15-strong 1.25m single-phase on the Irish 18-year-old Newtown Samson with more than four sec in hand.  Alfie Miles jumped into second spot on Quantum Light with the only other double clear.  Tom Francis-Jones was the fastest of the four-faulters for third with Kiltormer Hero with Oscar Hobby on his 1.10m winner Craughwell Boy in fourth and Tatiane Mauree’s Miami Moonbeam in fifth.

Henry Squibb raced to the top in the final day’s 1.25m speed, winning with a handsome 4.56 sec to spare on the 12-year-old Westside Mirah stallion Kilcurry Dawn.  Harry Wilkins guided Robe Ruadh into second ahead of Tatiane and Miami Moonbeam in third and Emily Fisher provided the only other clear for fourth aboard Nils D Hurl Vent.  Henry was super-quick on Clyde Barrows with more than nine sec in hand over his winning time but they hit a rail en route to drop to fifth.

Mimi Digby conjured up a victory double on the 15-year-old Kayleighs Star, winning the 14-strong pony Foxhunter/1.10m by 1.06 sec over Alfie Miles in second on Strawberry Rojo and topped the 1.15m members cup with 2.78 sec to spare, relegating Cassidy Jorritsma into second on Carravilla Boy.

Lois Pearce claimed a hat-trick with the consistent Irish-bred 12-year-old Raindancer III.  The pair headed both discovery first rounds, winning the 30-strong class on day one by an impressive 7.46 sec and in day two’s concluding class with 1.82 sec to spare.  And they also claimed the top spot in Saturday’s 20-pony newcomers single-phase with 3.69 sec in hand, pushing Holly Pearson-Taylor on Grasey Boy into second.


Text and Photos © Jumping Around & courtesy British Showjumping

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