Fourteen year-old Nicole Lockhead Anderson from Banchory, Aberdeenshire has enjoyed a bumper weekend with Gangnam Style II at South View’s Pony Premier, as she nets not one but two qualification places, this time taking the crown in the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round and a place in the Championship Final held at this year Horse of the Year Show in October.
A mammoth ninety-eight starters chased the two qualification tickets up for grabs, but only fifteen achieved a first round clears with eleven gaining access to the final jump-off.
Three treble clears were produced, Nicole posting the fastest to win by a commanding 4.07 seconds on Gangnam Style, an Irish-bred 7-year-old Nicole has ridden for 18 months.
Madison Jamison aged 15 years from Knuzden, Blackburn took the second qualifying spot with Flavia, a 6-year-old gelding with Verdi x Heartbreaker bloodlines she has competed since November.
Fifteen year-old Archie Ray from Broadstairs, Kent provided the only other clear for third on Tower Hamlets, just missing out on a direct qualification to the championship final but gaining another chance to qualify at the Blue Chip Newcomers Masters held at the British Showjumping National Championships in August, joining him are Emma Crawford on Mullingar Bay and Fraser Reed in fourth and fifth respectively.
South View Equestrian Centre – Saturday 18th June 2016
Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round
1st Nicole Lockhead Anderson & Gangnam Style II – 0/0/0 31.85
2nd Madison Jamison & Flavia – 0/0/0 35.92
3rd Archie Ray & Tower Hamlets 0/0/0 36.97
4th Emma Crawford & Mullingar Bay – 0/0/4 31.54
5th Fraser Reed & Jiminy Cricket – 0/0/4 31.58
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