Fraser Reed and Jiminy Cricket outpaced all their rivals to head the Blue Chip Pony Newcomer Second Round to gain access to the coveted Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Championship Final held at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) final in October.
A big field of seventy-four ponies and riders contended the first round, with thirty providing initial clears. But these were further whittled down over a raised track in the second round to achieve eleven combinations chasing the two HOYS qualifying tickets on offer.
As a late-drawnfifteen year-old Fraser from St Andrews, Fife had all the answers, guiding the 13-year-old Irish-bred gelding, a pony he has ridden for 18 months, into the top spot with 1.05 seconds in hand.
Fifteen year-old Nicole Kershaw from Manchester took second with the 8-year-old grey gelding Miami Moonbeam, but this consistent pairing has already gained both HOYS newcomer and Foxhunter qualification at Sparsholt and Bicton respectively, and so qualification was passed down the line.
A delighted Emma Crawford aged 16 years from Cupar, Fife took third and that special, yearned-for HOYS pass on Mullingar Bay, an Irish-bred 8-year-old gelding. It was third time lucky for the pair – they had just missed out on HOYS twice, taking fourth both times in previous competitions.
Eight ponies and riders posted treble clears to qualify for the Blue Chip Pony Newcomer Masters at the British Showjumping National Championships, Stoneleigh, in August, for another bid at qualifying for HOYS.
Bishop Burton College – Sunday 10th July 2016
Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round
1st Fraser Reed & Jiminy Cricket – 0/0/0 – 31.06 seconds
2nd Nicole Kershaw & Miami Moonbeam – 0/0/0 – 32.11 seconds
3rd Emma Crawford & Mullingar Bay – 0/0/0 – 33.50 seconds
4th Robert Murphy & Opto-Mist – 0/0/0 – 34.37 seconds
5th Lottie Mayvers & Gortahork Maeve – 0/0/0 – 34.54 seconds
6th Archie Ray & Tower Hamlets – 0/0/0 – 34.75 seconds
7th Claudia Moore & Delflip – 0/0/0 – 36.30 seconds
8th Katie McNamara & Lackaghmore Avatar – 0/0/0 – 41.25 seconds
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending grading of results.
The Horse of the Year Show 2016 will take place from the 5th – 9th October at Birmingham’s NEC. The British Showjumping National Championships 2016 will take place during the 9th – 14th August at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre (NAEC), Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.