A seven-hour round trip to jump just one course was all made worthwhile as Mia Clegg-Ingram from West Yorkshire was crowned Champion in the Stepping Stones 138cm Championship Final this evening at the British Showjumping National Championships.
Only 10 out of the 57 starts managed to battle their way to the jump off, of which just three made it through with a double clear. Several fences proved difficult in round 1, including fence 5 which appeared just as tricky when appearing again in the jump off. Many hopefuls also fell at the first hurdle, with a tempting risky turn after fence 1 forfeiting their chances of taking the title.
Twelve-year-old Mia and the ever reliable Parc Rob took the title of Stepping Stones 138cm Champion in an intense finish with an impressive 40.14s on the clock: “I thought the course looked quite big and very technical, but Rob is such a keen jumper and never touches a pole that I was confident in our chances in winning the class.”
Coming in exactly half a second behind Mia with a time of 40.64 was Ruby Birchenough aboard Glenwood Stud Dark Emerald. Ruby set the bar as first to ride in a speedy jump off, however Mia just managed to steal the crown with a heart-in-mouth finish due to Parc Rob’s generous striding.
Mia seems to have had a successful Summer competing, winning her two qualifying 138 Stepping Stone classes back home. The pair are heading home happy with a “100% success rate” after winning her only class of the Show. Next on the cards for Mia and her beautiful bay, Rob, is Pony Club Camp over the coming weeks after a thoroughly entertaining round to end the JS Teamwear Championship Arena 2 this evening.
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