Wales & West, The David Broome Event Centre played host to the Welsh Home Pony 2014 last weekend and one of the key classes for competitors was the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round that was held on Friday 25th 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 ninety-three 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 nineteen combinations who made it through into it. Only one combination then went on to produce a treble clear to take the win.
The sole treble clear 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. They stopped the clock in 37.34 seconds to take the win.
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 picked up 4 faults but stopped the clock in 36.83 seconds to secure the final qualifying place.
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.
Welsh Home Pony (Wales and West) – Friday 25th July 2014
Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round
1st Katie Waldock-Smith & Ross Cottage – 0/0/0 – 37.34 seconds
2nd Sophia Fox & Glenarousk Flash Bandit – 0/0/4 – 36.83 seconds
3rd Jessica Hewitt & White Hawk Flaxen – 0/0/4 – 37.12 seconds
4th Emma Holmes & No Regrets VIII – 0/0/4 – 37.23 seconds
5th Georgia Cabb & Sulan Hollywood Knight– 0/0/4 – 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 – 12th October 2014 at the Birmingham NEC.
The Alexanders Horseboxes British Showjumping Scope Festival 2014 will take place from the 24th – 30th August 2014 at Staffordshire County Showground.