On a winning streak today, Jessica Botham takes the title in the Lord & Lady Equestrian Senior Newcomers Masters riding 7-year-old Manzanita. From 32 starters, 11 combinations progressed through to the thrilling jump-off on Day 5 of the British Showjumping National & Academy Championship, held at NAEC Stoneleigh. With the top four in the class offering a qualification for Horse of the Year Show (HOYS), the pressure was on.
“It was a great first course, technical but jumpable, and the jump off was smooth and quick. It was 7 or 8 strides to the last but we pushed for 7 and it paid off” explained Jessica.
The combination qualified at Arena UK before coming to compete today. Their winning streak started with a victory in the 7-year-old class last week at Weston Lawns, and then continued in the Foxhunter yesterday.
Bred to event, Manzanita is by Kevin Z from a Gunner B thoroughbred mare, and her uncle, owned by the same breeder, went around badminton in recent years.
Completing the jump-off round in 38.22 seconds, the two made it home with a time that was impossible for any other competitors to catch Megan James and Jolita L came in second place, with Abbie Bevan and Castlelawn Miss Junior close behind in third.
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