Imogen Marmont Wins Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round at Church Farm Equestrian
Fourteen year-old Imogen Marmont from Shrewsbury, Shropshire jumped to victory from a fifty strong field in the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round at Church Farm Equestrian in Ormskirk, Lancashire on Sunday and in doing so, she claimed a place in the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Championship Final.
With only two direct qualification places up for grabs for the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Championship Final at the Horse of the Year Show, the tension grew as this second round came down to an eleven horse jump off.
As one of only three combinations able to produce a treble clear, Imogen riding Vanessa Marmont’s 7 year-old bay gelding TJ Simba, eased into first place after producing an unbeatably fast and precise clear round in 36.15 seconds.
Second place and the final direct qualification spot went to 16 year-old Matthew Edwards, also from Shrewsbury, Shropshire on board Andrew Chamberlain’s 10 year-old chestnut gelding, Dude. This pair gave a steady but accurate performance to jump into seconds place in a time of 40.59 seconds.
With the top two taking the direct qualifying tickets for the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Championship Final at the Horse of the Year Show, the riders and ponies that finished in third to fifth missed out on Championship qualification this time around. They did however take home the chance to compete in the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Masters at the British Showjumping National Championships.
Church Farm Equestrian – Sunday 26th June 2016
Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round
1st Imogen Marmont & TJ Simba – 0/0/0 – 36.15 seconds
2nd Matthew Edwards & Dude – 0/0/0 – 40.59 seconds
3rd Ella Poprly & Pegasus IV – 0/0/0 – 42.34 seconds
4th Robert Murphy & Uncanny – 0/0/4 – 36.07 seconds
5th Ffion Roberts & Kantjes Bozzy – 0/0/4 – 37.17 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.