Day 2: British Showjumping National Championships
Day 2 at the British Showjumping National Championships kicked off in Championship Arena 2 with a win for Oxfordshire based Oliver Fletcher riding eight year old bay gelding, The Bobster. Supported by his well-known show jumping parents, Graham and Tina Fletcher, it’s no wonder 13 year old Oliver is showing such great talent. After his win, Oliver was interviewed by BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio station.
Taking the spoils in the British Showjumping Pony Silver League 138cm & Under Final was Sophia Lugo riding Cheeky Chap. Having been working towards this for months and even missing her family holiday to attend the show, Sophia was thrilled to have won: “I’ve been jumping him [Cheeky Chap] for nearly five years but he has been in the family for eight years; my sister rode him before me. I’m so glad that we won, it has just made everything worth it.”
In the British Showjumping Pony Silver League 128cm & Under Final, there were 15 combinations tackling the 1m course. With a testing up to height course, there were unfortunately no clear rounds; therefore a decision was made to have a jump off for the riders who had finished on 4 faults. The resounding winner was 11 year old Aimee Jones riding her 11 year old mare, Arrogan Emily TR. Also receiving an award in the class was Rachel Proudley riding Bleach Boy. Rachel was the highest placed Pony Club Member competing in the class as a member of Clevedon Pony Club.
In Championship Arena 1, Dominic Turner was holding the lead in the jump off class for the Pony Restricted Rider 1m Championship Final, until Katie Mcnamara came in aboard her nine year old Dun gelding Lackaghmore Avatar, five from last to go, and jumped clear, one tenth of a second faster, stealing the win from Dominic.
Winner of the National Pony 1.15m Members Cup Final was Ffion Roberts from Holywell, North Wales riding Rich Faith. Rich Faith was bought unbroken by the Roberts family Ffion’s brother Joseph initially taking the ride but 14 year old Ffion took over in 2014 and has not looked back.
Megan from Tamworth in Staffordshire put in some tight turns to clinch the top spot in the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Masters. “We qualified for HOYS in the Squibb Group Pony Foxhunter second round at Bicton Arena in June – we’ve had a great season. She’ll have a bit of a rest now until HOYS.”
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