Oliver Tuff secures the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round win at Bicton Arena


On Saturday, Bicton Arena in Budleigh Salterton, Devon played host to a Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round and it was Oliver Tuff who secured his place at the top of the leader board with three stylish clear rounds.


Fifty-four starters came forward to contest for the two Horse of the Year Show tickets on offer for this October’s Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Championship Final, and after two challenging rounds just twelve talented combinations remained to go head to head against the clock in the final jump-off.


Fourteen year-old Oliver Tuff from Totnes, Devon secured first place with Kerry Grimster’s 5 year-old grey mare, Heartbreaker Express II. Booking their place in the jump off with two quick and accurate clear rounds, this partnership continued their turn of speed to cross the finish line in 32.85 seconds, knocking 1.80 seconds off their nearest rival’s time.


Jumping in to second place was Cleo Loizzo, aged 14, from Thurcaston, Leicester riding Banner Girl, a 10 year-old grey roan mare owned by Charlie McDonald. This pair delivered their treble clear in 34.65 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.


Bicton Arena – Saturday 24th June 2017

Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round

1st Oliver Tuff & Heartbreaker Express II – 0/0/0 – 32.85 seconds

2nd Cleo Loizzo & Banner Girl – 0/0/0 – 34.65 seconds

3rd Tatiane Mauree & Horseabout Zibu – 0/0/0 – 34.87 seconds

4th Georgina Vile & Master Foxlynch – 0/0/0 – 46.70 seconds

5th Antonia Platt & Bonnies Lass – 0/0/4 – 29.76 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.