Saturday 13th August 2016
Laura Mantel takes the Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Masters
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. After hearing from other riders in the collecting ring how fast Roger McCrea’s round was with Davinci VD Bosrand Z, she knew she had her work cut out if she wanted to take the title. As she navigated her way around the jump off course, Funnycan took everything in her stride as they maintained a steady and consistent pace finishing in a time of 39.81 seconds. Hot on her tail was Tracy Priest riding Caruso D’ eres Z, but the pair didn’t quite do enough to beat Laura and Cany as he is known at home. 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.
Laura has had Cany since she was an unbroken three year old and has produced the mare herself: “New Priory Stud own her but I have backed her and produced her since they bought her as a three year old. She has a lovely long stride which covers a lot of ground which is great for a jump off because you don’t feel as though you are going that fast, then you look at the clock and realise that actually you did! Although other people have ridden her, I’m the only one who has ever competed her. She’s got such a chilled out attitude and is very careful,” explained Laura.