The Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round took place on Sunday during the Harbro Scottish Home Pony Show at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre (SNEC) in Broxburn, West Lothian and it was Rachel Proudley who gained herself another direct qualifying ticket, this time with David Wick’s Robe Silver Lady.
Thirty-eight competitors came forward with the hopes of obtaining one of the four Horse of the Year Show tickets on offer for the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Championship Final, held at Horse of the Year Show in October. But Course Designer Mark McGowan had set a tough track with only eight combinations making it through to the final round.
Fourteen year-old Rachel from Whitby, North Yorkshire had already claimed one ticket with Family Affaer II after winning the qualifier at Keysoe last month but this time returned with Robe Silver Lady, a 13 Year-old Irish bred mare whom Rachel took over the ride on at the end of last month. They crossed the finish line in 37.86 seconds. Daisy Williams and Jill Williams’ King III came nail bitingly close after crossing the line just 0.12 seconds behind to finish in second place.
Tabitha Kyle, a recent recipient of a Team Bronze medal at the Children on Horses European Championships, claimed third place with Sofia Massarella Coope’s Nightgirl Van Het Sonnishof Z, they produced their round in 39.15 seconds whilst Ava Vernon secured the final ticket with Dean Vernon’s Major Obos, crossing the line in 40.03 seconds.
The top four combinations secured their place in the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Championship Final at Horse of the Year Show and the top eight took home the chance to compete in the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Masters at the British Showjumping National Championships.
SNEC - Harbro Scottish Home Pony – Sunday 21st July 2019
Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round
1st Rachel Proudley & Robe Silver Lady – 0/0/0 – 37.86 seconds
2nd Daisy Williams & King III – 0/0/0 – 37.98 seconds
3rd Tabitha Kyle & Nightgirl Van Het Sonnishof Z – 0/0/0 – 39.15 seconds
4th Ava Vernon & Major Obos – 0/0/0 – 40.03 seconds
5th Seamus Taylor & Priestown Tomboy – 0/0/0 – 40.76 seconds
6th Emma McCornick & Castletown Lady Ricardo – 0/0/0 – 40.87 seconds
7th Drew Ross & Kengarth Sally Anne – 0/0/4 – 40.76 seconds
8th Daisy Williams & Bermudez BDA – 0/0/4 – 43.66 seconds
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending grading of results.
The British Showjumping National Championships 2019 will take place during the 6th – 11th August at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre (NAEC), Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.
The Horse of the Year Show 2019 will take place from the 2nd – 6th October at Birmingham’s NEC.