Amy Morris lands a major double victory at Muirmill


Amy Morris reigned in Scotland with an amazing victory double at Muirmill with pony showjumper of the year and Foxhunter wins, rounding off the pony second rounds season to qualify for the alternative HOYS at Aintree.

Amy claimed the top spot in the pony showjumper of the year on the Irish-bred 13-year-old Tobar King. Eight tackled an 11-fence 1.35m track built by Jason Abbs but a clear round could not be found, Amy providing the winning round with four faults at the very last fence. Phillipa Archibald was second on Bay Friend with a total of 16 faults and Cerys Edge finished third on 26 with Chivaz. Emma McCornick was the only other competitor to complete the track for fourth on Castletown Lady Ricardo.

And Amy came to the fore in the concluding pony Foxhunter second round on the Irish-bred Thunderball 14-year-old Robe Silver Lady, winner of an earlier1.10m by 2.27 sec.

Amy only started competing Silver Lady in mid-August and this was only their fifth show together but they have quickly established a rapport, clocking up five wins and were on a roll with four victories in succession.

Six of the 10 starters produced first round clears over an 11-fence 1.20m track but only two went clear again, Amy forging ahead to win with an impressive 10 sec in hand. Grace Shuddall Hughes slotted MC Florence into second place. Emma posted the fastest time of the class but a rail fell two from home to drop Lady Ricardo to third. Belle Garrigan guided LJ Queen Mac into fourth with Seamus Taylor in fifth on Just Sonic and Lieran Taylor filled sixth place aboard Hazelcroft Little Gem.

Poppy Deakin topped her second Blue Chip pony newcomers second round in three weeks with the consistent Icaris W. Twenty-four competitors faced a 12-fence track and were reduced to seven for the jump-off, Poppy forging ahead to win by almost three sec on the promising seven-year-old. Daisy Scott-Watson provided the only other double clear to take second on Curravordy Builders Blue. Drew Ross beat the winning time by 0.84 sec but the penultimate fence fell to drop Moon Man to third and Rachel Proudley also made one mistake on both Priestown Tomboy and Okehurst Sunrise to take fourth and sixth, sandwiching Grace and MC Florence into fifth and Belle finished seventh on Queen Mac.

Belle outpaced all her rivals in a 15-strong decider to take the pony discovery second round on the nine-year-old Queen Mac, flying into the top spot by 1.65 sec to mark their first win at their first show together.

Grace Earnshaw had to settle for second place on Orchids Moyana with Fergal Holohan in third aboard Prime Diva. Freya Hiddleston eased Absolute Star into fourth ahead of Charlie Rogan in fifth on Celton Caspar and Poppy produced the steadiest of the clears to take sixth with Orchids Arisha. The penultimate fence fell for Julie Davidson to drop Antrim Master Ted to seventh and Emilia D Ambrosio claimed eighth on I Dun Ho.

Lily Watchman was on form and notched up a hat-trick of wins. After topping the 128/138cm single-phase on the feisty 16-year-old Buttons Two, the pair forged ahead over a 1.15m track to take victory in the 11-pony 138cm qualifier with the only clear in round one, dispensing the need of a jump-off. Four riders came home on four faults apiece with Millie Lawson taking second on Noahs Lady after lowering the penultimate fence. Fergal Holohan finished third aboard Little Big Time III and Poppy netted fourth and fifth with Icaris W and Astral Ruben.

Lily headed a seven-pony decider to take the pony British novice second round on the 23-year-old Carnsdale Mystery Man, winning by 1.02 sec. Lucy Watson rode Corclough Tornado into second with Rebecca Raine on May The Fourth Be With You in third and Lucy Watson provided the steadiest of the clears for fourth aboard Hanleen Rhapsody. Emilia beat the winning time by just 0.01 sec but had a rail down en route with I Dun Ho for fifth, Olivia Anderson guided Nero H into sixth and Michael McColm filled seventh spot on Waterborn Bertina.

Drew Ross jumped to the top in day one’s 1.25m speed with the 14-year-old Kengarth Sally Anne with a handsome 5.70 sec to spare over Rachel on Robin Hood Lad in second. Philippa Archibald rode Bay Friend into third with the only other clear round.

Rachel claimed the top two places in the final day’s 14-strong 1.15m single-phase with the only two clear rounds, winning on the 11-year-old Robin Hood Lad and riding the nine-year-old Okehurst Sunrise into second, 3.50 sec separating the two. Crista Lockhead Anderson slotted Little Red Cloud into third and Fergal netted fourth with JJ Lucky Star.

And Rachel doubled up in the 16-strong pony discovery/90cm single-phase with the Irish eight-year-old Robe Park Bobby, winning by 0.20 sec from the discovery section.

Four competitors came forward in the 128cm qualifier but no-one managed to complete the course.

Text and Photos © Jumping Around/courtesy British Showjumping & Equiscot Photography

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