The Blue Chip Feed Balancer Pony Newcomers Second Rounds continued at the weekend with the ninth of the second rounds held at Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre in Fareham, Hampshire. The class was held on Saturday 21st July 2012.
Over 40 combinations started the class with the hope of claiming one of the two Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) direct qualifying tickets that were on offer.
From the total of 46 starters, five pony and rider combinations made it into the final jump off in which they all needed to produce a treble clear to be in with a chance of qualifying for the Blue Chip Feed Balancer Pony Newcomers Championship Final. Only one of the combinations went on to achieve this.
The eventual winner of this second round was 15 year-old Romilly Simmons from Taunton, Somerset. Romilly produced the only treble clear of the competition to win the class and secure her place in the Championship Final on board Lahinch Katie, owned by her mother, Emma De Bendern Simmons. The combination rode an immaculate round to clear the jump off course in a time of 49.14 seconds.
Second place and subsequently, the last HOYS direct qualifying place, went to 15-year-old Rosanne Hegarty from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Rosanne came second on Jill Blackwell’s pony, Another Twisted. The combination had a unfortunate fence in the jump off to finish on 4 faults in a time of 44.97 seconds.
Three combinations just missed out on their HOYS qualification, but they did take home the opportunity to compete at the Plevin British Showjumping Scope Festival (26th August – 1st September 2012).
Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre – Saturday 21st July 2012:
Blue Chip Feed Balancer Pony Newcomers Second Round Final Results:
1st Romilly Simmons riding Lahinch Katie – 0/0/0 – 49.14 seconds
2nd Rosanne Hegarty riding Another Twisted – 0/0/0 – 44.97 seconds
3rd Emma Kitching riding The Gold Rush – 0/0/8 – 41.30 seconds
4th Katie Pownall riding Jessica IV – 0/0/8 – 45.03 seconds
5th Elise Pilbeam riding Ballygalba Clover – 0/0/-
The Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) 2012 will take place from the 3rd – 7th October 2012 at the NEC in Birmingham.