Jasmine Cain Secures Blue Chip Junior Newcomers Championship At The Horse Of The Year Show


Jasmine Cain and Tireve Midnight Express are the 2009 Blue Chip Junior Newcomers Champions, the 11-year-old black Welsh Section D securing the biggest win of his career at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS).  

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Purchased through a show jumping friend, Midnight had previously competed only in unaffiliated classes. 14-year-old Jasmine, trained by father Dave, started him from scratch in affiliated British Showjumping Association (BSJA) competition and they have improved meteorically over the last 18 months.

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Dave describes the family as “previously non-horsey” but says “doing ponies on a Sunday afternoon with a keen young daughter seemed a nice thing to do, so since she first wanted to go for riding lessons aged 8, we’ve supported her as much as we can.”

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Jasmine made her first appearance at HOYS last year, but it would not be until this season when she and Midnight claimed their first major Championship, co-incidentally also sponsored by Blue Chip, The Blue Chip Sapphire Championship held at the BSJA Winter Championships.

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Having won a sack of Blue Chip Original feed balancer as part of that prize, Midnight has been fed Blue Chip ever since and has had his best season ever. “Jasmine had a good draw in the jump off at HOYS as there was only one pony drawn after her and when it had a fence down, she knew she’d won,” recalls Dave, continuing, “but when she got back on the pony wearing the winner’s sash for the presentation, she was actually shaking!”

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After her tremendous weekend, it was back to school as usual for Jasmine and for Midnight, known fondly as “the genuine little black cob” there was well deserved time in the field.

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Looking ahead, he and Jasmine are now ready to upgrade to JA and will begin contesting open 148cm classes. “She’s not an aggressive competitor”, says Dave, “but she is quietly confident and so far when buttons needed to be pressed, she’s achieved it. She and Midnight have not yet been tested at the highest level, but they are ready for the challenge and really looking forward to it.”

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Presenting the awards at HOYS, Blue Chip founder Clare Blaskey said, “It was such an exciting class and the jump off was amazing, over the 11 years we’ve been sponsoring the class the standard has really improved. Jasmine rode a fabulous round and Midnight is a proper jumping pony. He obviously loves what he does and is clearly very talented. It was a great pleasure to present her with the Blue Chip Junior Newcomers Championship, I’m sure Jasmine has a real future in front of her and could like other winners of our competition, go on to international success.”

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Jasmine Cain and Tireve Midnight Express are the 2009 Blue Chip Junior Newcomers Champions, the 11-year-old black Welsh Section D securing the biggest win of his career at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS).

 .

Purchased through a show jumping friend, Midnight had previously competed only in unaffiliated classes. 14-year-old Jasmine, trained by father Dave, started him from scratch in affiliated British Showjumping Association (BSJA) competition and they have improved meteorically over the last 18 months.

 .

Dave describes the family as “previously non-horsey” but says “doing ponies on a Sunday afternoon with a keen young daughter seemed a nice thing to do, so since she first wanted to go for riding lessons aged 8, we’ve supported her as much as we can.”

 .

Jasmine made her first appearance at HOYS last year, but it would not be until this season when she and Midnight claimed their first major Championship, co-incidentally also sponsored by Blue Chip, The Blue Chip Sapphire Championship held at the BSJA Winter Championships.

 .

Having won a sack of Blue Chip Original feed balancer as part of that prize, Midnight has been fed Blue Chip ever since and has had his best season ever. “Jasmine had a good draw in the jump off at HOYS as there was only one pony drawn after her and when it had a fence down, she knew she’d won,” recalls Dave, continuing, “but when she got back on the pony wearing the winner’s sash for the presentation, she was actually shaking!”

 .

After her tremendous weekend, it was back to school as usual for Jasmine and for Midnight, known fondly as “the genuine little black cob” there was well deserved time in the field.

 .

Looking ahead, he and Jasmine are now ready to upgrade to JA and will begin contesting open 148cm classes. “She’s not an aggressive competitor”, says Dave, “but she is quietly confident and so far when buttons needed to be pressed, she’s achieved it. She and Midnight have not yet been tested at the highest level, but they are ready for the challenge and really looking forward to it.”

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Presenting the awards at HOYS, Blue Chip founder Clare Blaskey said, “It was such an exciting class and the jump off was amazing, over the 11 years we’ve been sponsoring the class the standard has really improved. Jasmine rode a fabulous round and Midnight is a proper jumping pony. He obviously loves what he does and is clearly very talented. It was a great pleasure to present her with the Blue Chip Junior Newcomers Championship, I’m sure Jasmine has a real future in front of her and could like other winners of our competition, go on to international success.”

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