It was a bumper weekend at the Weston Lawns Equitation Centre Pony Premier in Warwickshire with ninety competitors coming forward to contest the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round.
Against strong opposition, each rider was aiming to secure one of the two Horse of the Year Show tickets on offer for this October’s Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Championship Final and it came down to just eighteen combinations who fought it out in the final jump off.
Fifteen year-old Amelie Bush from Tadley, Hampshire delivered three consistent and clear rounds to claim top spot on board Ghislaine Macdonnell’s 8 year-old grey gelding, Robin Hood Lad. Over David Cole’s testing course, this pair shook off their competition to leave all the fences standing while knocking 3.23 seconds off the clock to finish in an unbeatable time of 43.64 seconds.
Taking second place was Emelia Mitchell, aged 13, from Saffron Walden, Essex. Emelia rode Jane Gibson’s 12 year-old bay gelding, One Cool Cookie II to a confident treble clear in 46.87 seconds.
The riders and ponies that finished in third to fifth took home the chance to compete in the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Masters at the British Showjumping National Championships.
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Weston Lawns Equitation Centre – Saturday 29th April 2017
Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round
1st Amelie Bush & Robin Hood Lad – 0/0/0 – 43.64 seconds
2nd Emelia Mitchell & One Cool Cookie II – 0/0/0 – 46.87 seconds
3rd Izzy Goddard & Strawberry Rojo – 0/0/0 – 47.10 seconds
4th Tatiane Mauree & Horseabout Zibu – 0/0/0 – 47.67 seconds
5th Chloe Templeton & Still Got Me – 0/0/0 – 51.90 seconds
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending grading of results.
The Horse of the Year Show 2017 will take place from the 4th-8th October at Birmingham’s NEC. The British Showjumping National Championships 2017 will take place during the 8th-13th August at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre (NAEC), Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.