Connie Mensley and William Stewart went head to head in the jump off of the Pony Silver league 128cm Final being the only two clears out of 16 starters. Connie and her tri-coloured Gemstone Sienna did a lovely clear in a time of 44.01 seconds, putting pressure on William. Competing with his 14 year old grey gelding, William raced to the finish six seconds quicker but a fence down gave the win to Connie.
“She used to be a bit naughty but now I am older and stronger, we get along much better. I have another mare called Madonna who can be very naughty as well but I qualified for HOYS with her at the Scottish Pony Premier.”
The family have an equestrian centre in Leicestershire and Connie trains with Tania and Mark Kyle whose daughter, Tabitha Kyle, won the National 128cm Championship yesterday.
It was a repeat scenario for Connie and William who were again the only two clears when they competed against each other in the HOYS 128cm qualifier at the Scottish Pony Premier and Home Pony in July. They ended up sharing the top spot and Connie also won the 10 years & under qualifier.
William has owned Billibob for two years and it’s their second trip to the Championship for the combination. William has already qualified both Billibob and his other pony Soxs Pocket Rocket for the HOYS 128cm Championship.
In the Pony Silver League 138cm & Under Final there were six clears out of 19starters. It was a fast and furious jump off with tight turns and tricky lines. There were only two double clears with 10 year old Izabella Rogers taking the win after a superb round in 39.40 seconds on the experienced Shaman Sundance. The pair have only been together for 11 months and this is Izabella’s first Championship.
“It’s a really nice place and it has a lovely set up; I really like it!” She commented about the Show.
Despite her young age, Izabella who is based in Chelmsford is a seasoned campaigner who won the Les Squibb Winter 128cm Championship at the Royal International Horse Show with the only double clear.
The Bronze and Silver Pony/Rider Combination League was introduced by British Showjumping in 2014 and allows all pony riders to be able to track their progress on a regional and national league table. There are three leagues; Bronze, Silver and Gold and they are split into three height categories of 128cm, 138cm and 148cm.
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