Megan Taylor takes the crown in the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Masters
For the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Masters, a HOYS qualifier, there were 32 combinations forward. Lead course builder Mark McGowan built a testing course with just nine riders making it through to the jump off. The times were close but the winning place went to Megan Taylor riding Novella II, a nine year old bay mare, owned by David Wingrove.
Megan from Tamworth in Staffordshire put in some tight turns to clinch the top spot ahead of second place Nicole Kershaw riding Miami Moonbeam: “I just went for it, I had to hold her back in places but when I turned for the last line I just let her go. I’ve had her since February and our first show was Arena UK where I qualified for Hickstead. Then we qualified for HOYS in the Squibb Group Pony Foxhunter second round at Bicton Arena in June – we’ve had a great season. She’ll have a bit of a rest now until HOYS.”
As Megan and second place Nicole Kershaw with Miami Moonbeam have already qualified for HOYS, the qualification place was passed down the line to the succeeding competitors; Ffion Roberts with Kantjes Bozzy, Alana Hood with Miami Sandyman and Anouk Mauree with Westerveld Flroijn.
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.