Six times a winner; Emma-Jo Slater takes the Senior British Novice Championship

Emma-Jo Slater riding Kimba Castello. Image by: 1st Class Images

Emma-Jo Slater partnered with five year old gelding Kimba Castello owned by Kim Barzilay, won the Senior British Novice Championship Final on Day 5 of the British Showjumping National Championships 2019. There was a strong jump off of 35 horse/rider combinations going through, with everyone going the same route in the jump off, it was a case of how fast the combinations could make up the time in between. She said: “For only a five year old the gelding knows his turns, and likes to go fast.”

This is the sixth time Emma-Jo Slater from Buckinghamshire has won this Championship; and the third time she has won it on a homebred.

Kimba Castello, is currently jumping Foxhunter classes and the aim for 2020 is to jump the Newcomers and Foxhunter second rounds. “For the gelding’s size he is incredibly obedient and knows where his legs are. He is only five years old so we are very pleased with the way he is going.”

Emma-Jo and Kimba Castello will be contesting the Nupafeed Supplements Senior Discovery Championship Final tomorrow morning, where they hope to have the same success. Following that they hope to jump the Winter Novice Series this winter.

Issy Bradley and Hielo Mi Amor take second place, with Hollie Pearce and Jewelino in third.

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