The Baileys JAS series for 2015 is drawing to a close; after two more competitions last weekend there is only one more opportunity for riders to qualify for the Championships at Hartpury College later this month.
JAS Bury Farm (2), Buckinghamshire
After finishing third in the Novice at Bury Farm (1), Kylie Roddy and the seven-year-old Grafenstolz-sired Guzzi romped to victory in the same class at Bury Farm (2). Earning the only sub-10 style score in the section, a seven, the pair had a comfortable winning margin over Flora Insley on Highburren Lark and Jessica Shopland riding Bond Girl, who took second and third places respectively.
Kylie, 32 from Buckinghamshire, who produces young horses and successfully completed her first CIC3* at Blenheim Palace last autumn, regularly contests JAS classes on her less experienced rides.
“It’s a really good competition,” she explained. “In a small space you have to ride positively, which is important for young horses, and the way the fences are decorated makes them really focus. You also get a good idea of what you need to go home and practice, it sharpens up your lines and reminds you of the importance of riding in a rhythm. Some horses absolutely thrive on it, Guzzi in particular.”
Guzzi couldn’t quite make it a double, settling for the runner up spot in the Open Novice. Kylie and Guzzi finished on the same score, nine, as winners Sophie Beaty and Stanley, her Young Rider European Championship mount. However, Sophie, 19, had the better style score, an impressive five. Isabel White completed the top three with Daydream Fourteen.
Oscar Gritz 12, took the top spot in a very competitive and large BE100 section, Funky Blue also taking 3rd place in the BE90. An on-form Lauren Church placed second and fourth behind Oscar, riding Sellernane Lad and Killaspic Scout respectively, Lauren’s horses separated by Deborah Bateson and Ard Racket.
In the BE90 Lauren finished ahead of Oscar in second place, Killaspic Scout narrowly denied a win by 13-year old Hattie Grace from Northamptonshire riding Charlie Chan. The youngsters were very much giving the elders a run for their money.
JAS Aintree, Merseyside
On Sunday the show moved to Aintree Equestrian where South Yorkshire’s 14-year-old Connie Warde-Aldam made it a 1-2 in the Novice class. Tacco de Kezeg triumphed over stablemate Hotshots, with Thomas Tulloch coming in third on Kildun Marathon.
There was no beating Thomas, 15, in the Open Novice however. His Pony European Championship ride, Spirit VI, took the top spot, holding Tyler Cassells on Grandslam and Hattie McCance riding Silk Town back in second and third.
Hattie had already posted a runner up spot in the BE100, this time riding Diego II and finishing ahead of Novice winners Connie and Tacco de Kezeg. However, it was Lancashire rider Laura Walkden, 30, who topped the leaderboard with Cointreau WV; the same spot they occupied at Aintree in 2014.
A close-fought BE90 section was won by fellow Lancastrian Lisa Wild, 24, riding Mr MBE. She narrowly pipped Molly Bissett on Dolly VII with Freddie Pitchford Edwards taking the final podium spot on Glencroft JD, just a day after also finishing third at Moreton Morrell’s Baileys Jump Training competition.
Visit the JAS pages for more information on the competition and to see the full list of fixtures. Interested in improving your show jumping technique?
Upcoming Baileys JAS dates:
Saturday 14 February – Merrist Wood
Sunday 22 February – Hartpury Final
For more information on the series sponsor visit www.baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk