Bury Farm Equestrian Village in Slapton, Buckinghamshire hosted a popular Pony Premier Show during last weekend and one of the key classes for competitors was the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round that was held on Saturday 19th July 2014.
Up for grabs at this second round were two direct qualifying tickets for the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Championship Final at the Horse of the Year Show and all of the seventy-six starting combinations went with the aim of taking one of these tickets home.
After two rounds of competition, the final jump off was well contested by the twelve combinations who made it through into it. Five combinations then went on to produce a treble clear and the order of places came down to the ever crucial clock.
The fastest treble clear of the class was achieved by 14 year-old Katie Waldock-Smith from Ware, Hertfordshire on Ross Cottage, an 11 year-old bay mare owned by Deborah Waldock. Katie and Ross Cottage were in the enviable position of being drawn last to go in the jump off and after having seen four treble clears already produced before her, Katie knew that only a treble clear in a quick time would secure her the win. This is something that she and Ross Cottage duly achieved and they did so in 36.20 seconds.
Sophia Fox (15) from Greenfield, Bedfordshire took second place on board Glenarousk Flash Bandit, a 10 year-old grey gelding owned by Deborah Fox. Sophia also went on to produce three immaculate rounds to finish on a treble clear in 36.54 seconds.
The first two pony and rider combinations, disregarding those already qualified, will qualify for the Horse of the Year Show. The first five, disregarding those already qualified, will qualify for the Alexanders Horseboxes British Showjumping Scope Festival.
Ponies and riders that jump a treble clear also qualify for the Alexanders Horseboxes British Showjumping Scope Festival. Bury Farm Equestrian Village – Saturday 19th July 2014 Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round Katie Waldock-Smith & Ross Cottage – 0/0/0 – 36.20 seconds st
1st Katie Waldock-Smith & Ross Cottage – 0/0/0 – 36.20 seconds
2nd Sophia Fox & Glenarousk Flash Bandit – 0/0/0 – 36.54 seconds
3rd Katie Waldock-Smith & Clailu Saffron – 0/0/0 – 40.23 seconds
4th Harry Charles & Murka’s Phoenix V – 0/0/0 – 40.60 seconds
5th Millie Dickinson & Ron Burgundy – 0/0/0 – 43.17 seconds
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.
The Horse of the Year Show 2014 will take place from the 8th NEC.
The Alexanders Horseboxes British Showjumping Scope Festival 2014 will take place from the 24th – 30th August 2014 at Staffordshire County Showground.