Saturday 13th August 2016
KBIS Insurance Senior British Novice Championship
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. With 70 entrants in the class the crowd grew bigger and the intensity of the atmosphere increased as the last few competitors entered the arena. A total of 44 riders jumped clear and made their way into the jump off so it was all to play for as one by one they tackled the 1.05m course.
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. Nissi appeared overwhelmed to have won: “I can’t believe it! I could see that the white upright was causing issues for a few as there was a long line to it, so I just made sure I kept moving in a forward rhythm and tried not to interfere. Luckily it paid off; I can usually trust her to be careful,” commented Nissi, who runs her own competition yard in Norfolk.
KBIS have sponsored the British Novice Championships since 2009 and have helped develop this grassroots series, which now attracts over 65,000 competitors each year.