Tabitha Kyle's reign continues as she notches up her third championship win with the pony showju
The amazing Tabitha Kyle’s talent shone yet again as she claimed her third championship win – and second today – with the Shaw Farm Stud pony showjumper of the year title on Su and Gordon Hall’s Gangnam Style.
Tabitha already had won the pony Foxhunter championship with Teagan Arla Rose and added the 138cm title to her tally this morning with Lissduff Royal. The 13-year-old on-form and riding high.
Six of the original 29 competitors solved all course-designer Mark McGowan’s questions to head into the jump-off with Elsi Jacques claiming two of the rides. Second to go out of the starting gates, Tabitha used all the tight turn options and pushed on positively to the final, tall vertical to secure the top spot by 1.75 sec.
“The second fence in the jump-off was the scary one as it was a tall vertical with a tight turn option after it but I got the turn in nicely and I was confident to take out a stride to the last,” said Tabitha, who got the ride 12 months ago on the Irish-bred 11-year-old previously jumped to success with Nicole Lockhead Anderson.
“He is quite strong and I have to use a different technique to Nicole as I’m so small. He was flying round in the winter JA classic series last winter and was placed well in them [second twice and winning one], we had really clicked, but when we went outside I had to change the way I rode him. My dad [Mark] and I worked hard with lots of canter poles after school on 14 yards and four strides and it helped a lot,” said Tabitha.
Gangnam Style first came to Tabitha to sell.
“He’s the sweetest pony and always looking for food. I really liked him and I am so lucky as Gordon and Su Hall bought him and Atomic Du Bary for me just before lockdown,” added Tabitha.
Alfie Miles chased the time in the final draw with the forever-young 21-year-old Quantum Light and settled for second place.
Elsi Jacques finished third with the only other clear aboard Trevoulter Ladies Man and finished sixth on Dapple Grey Dew Drop. Henry Squibb’s opening round on Kilcurry Dawn claimed fifth with last year’s HOYS champions Toby Fry and Casper XXIII (formerly known as Zucan V) in fifth.
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