Saturday 13th August 2016
Day 5: British Showjumping National Championships
With 12 show jumping championship classes on the agenda for day five at the British Showjumping National Championships, it proved to be a busy day all round. Staying calm and collected was the order of the day for Laura Mantel as she took the lead in the Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Masters riding her six year old bay mare Funnycan. The young mare took everything in her stride as they maintained a steady and consistent pace finishing in a time of 39.81 seconds. With four HOYS qualifiers on offer for the top four, the lucky recipients were: Laura Mantel with Funnycan, Tracy Priest with Caruso D’ eres Z, Roger McCrea with Davinci VD Bosrand Z and Jake Saywell with Quimari W.
There was an overwhelming amount of entries in the KBIS Insurance Senior British Novice Championships, the second class of the day in Championship Arena 1. It was 17 year old Nissi Ladell riding six year old mare Exclusive Vant Scaaphof who took the title in a time of 36.80 ahead of Harry Bateman in second with Havanna.
The National under 16 Championship got underway in Arena 2. With 16 combinations forward, the Championship title was eventually awarded to the talented Lily Freeman-Attwood riding 15 year old mare, Banana D’Ive Z. From the five riders through to the jump off, Lily was early to go and knew her main rival was Oliver Fletcher who has already proved himself this week by winning the Squibb Group Pony Foxhunter Masters and the Pony Silver League 148cm & Under Final. Having won the Ashbourne Equestrian Fashion National under 14 Championship title just yesterday, 14 year old Lily was determined to make it a double as she finished the jump off in 37.05 seconds, more than two seconds faster than second place Joe Fernyhough riding Countess II. Oliver Fletcher then completed the line up with his three rides in the class being placed third, fourth and fifth.
Following on his good form from yesterday’s classes, and adding to his list of achievements, Jake Saywell has today been crowned the National under 21 Champion for 2016 riding Grand Cru Van Paemel. As the only rider to go clear in the jump off, it proved a technical course and Harry Charles, yesterday’s National under 18 Champion, was hot on his heels riding Valvaldi Du Dom. However, Harry was forced to make do with second place in today’s championship. With two other horses in the class, Jake completed the top three with Cantho Z and also got a seventh place with Dakota, yesterday’s winning mare.
Emma Jo-Slater set the bar high in the National Grade C Championship Final as she was first in the ring achieving the first clear of the class, riding seven year old gelding Kimba Flamenco owned by Kim Barzilay. Onto the jump off and Emma set the time at 36.43 seconds with zero jumping penalties which proved impossible to beat, fighting off hot competition from Abigail Walters riding Master Milligan 11 who finished in second place.
21 year old Chloe Winchester from Suffolk added another feather to her cap by taking the National Grade B Championship title riding eight year old gelding, Hasj VH Vliegenhof Z owned by Val Attenbrough and Julia Biddle. The last 12 months have been quite a whirl wind for Chloe having won the under 23’s Championship at Olympia in December making her the national young rider champion of Great Britain. Chloe has also been selected onto the National lottery and Sport England funded World Class Development Programme amongst and was selected for her for Nations Cup team.
After a well-fought class, it was 16 year old Harrison Hatteea who was crowned champion in the National 1.25m Restricted Rider Championship Final riding 11 year old Darko Supreme. For a partnership that has been together for just one year, they produced a text book double clear which put them into the lead and went on to give them their biggest win to date.
The crowd were treated to an impressive display of teamwork by all horse and rider combinations competing in the Para Club Championships this afternoon, which took place centre stage in Championship Arena 2. The Championships, kindly sponsored by Horsezone.co.uk, consisted of five titles which were awarded to the various grades. The grading system ranges from Grade I, II, III, IV with grades representative of the competitor’s level of disability. A truly inspirational class to end the day.