Twenty year old gelding Allihies Fir Baoi bettered his younger equine contenders with rider Kitty Underwood to take the title of Pony Restricted Rider 1.10m Champion on Day 3 of the 2019 British Showjumping National Championships.
The talented dun veteran joined the Underwood family at home in Beverley, Yorkshire after he was gifted to Kitty by the late Kenneth Pritchard two years ago. The experienced gelding has an extensive competition history having previously competed at the Barbizon Standard Show in France with Norwegian rider Martine Ottessen.
From 26 starters, the testing first round saw only 9 clears make it through into the jump off and it was the British Showjumping Oxer coming round a tight corner after a gallop from the double which caught many competitors out in the jump off, leaving just two contenders for the crown. Well ahead of the competition was Kitty with a time of 38.66s, followed by Torryn Hubbard riding Heartbreak Express in second.
As Kitty cheered her pony on with encouraging words throughout their second round it was clear that Allihies Fir Baoi has become a well loved and cared for member of the Underwood Family. Kitty’s mother, Lara Underwood, explains: “We don’t jump him often, and only take him out to the odd show. We look after him so that’s what is most important.”
Kitty has had a busy few weeks and is heading home with two Championships under her belt after winning at the SEIB Trailblazers Championships last week.
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