The sun shone upon Arena 3 for the third day of competition at the British Showjumping National Championships, held at the NAEC Stoneleigh in Warwickshire. The National Club Pony Championships were the order of the day, starting with the 70cm Championship which was won by Caitlin Wornham from Hertfordshire riding Leyeswick Ricky Boy.
Following on was the National Club Pony 80cm Championship which went to 14 year old Megan Smith riding Woodfield Boo. The Evesham based rider qualified for the British Showjumping National Championship with Boo last year but sadly the pair couldn’t make it due to lameness. Megan has held off selling Boo until the end of September so they could come out and compete this year and do all the things they didn’t manage to do last year due to his injury. The pair also took the highest placed Riding Club Member sash for the class. Runner up in the class was Harri Baker and Heolyrhedyn Element, who were just five hundredth of a second behind Megan and Boo.
The third Championship in Arena 3 was the National Club Pony 90cm Championship where Harri Baker and Heolyrhedyn Element took the win. The pair had a six and half hour drive from Northumberland to compete in the Championships but produced an excellent and careful final round. In second place was Aoife Rew from Colchester riding Drishoge Lotto. In third place and also picking up the sash for the highest placed Riding Club Member riding her own Merlin was Alex Jackson who travelled to the show from Wakefield in West Yorkshire. Aoife and Drishoge Lotto then went on to win the final class of the day, the National Club Pony 1.00m Championship.
The British Showjumping Club Leagues provide Club Members with the opportunity to not only focus on heading their regional league table within their chosen height category, but to also qualify for their respective Championship with the goal of claiming a National Championship title at the British Showjumping National Championships.
Club Membership is specifically for members competing between 0.70m – 1.00m with a focus on league points rather than prize money. The four height categories within each region for both horses and ponies are 0.70m, 0.80m, 0.90m and 1.00m and there are a total of eight regions spanning the length and breadth of the country.
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