Another successful Baileys Jump Training competition took place last weekend. Fourteen-year-old Georgina Clarkson had a great start to her 2015 season with a win in the JT90 section and a third place in the JT100.
Georgina has been riding the Jamie Atkinson-produced Simply Exclusive since last summer and posted the best style score of the JT90 competitors (19.0) to which she added one rail down; none of the competitors kept a clean sheet in this class. Susie White took the runner up spot on Seventh Heaven II, two points off the pace, with Emily Hughes riding Clorogue Gold in third.
Emily, 16, and her son of Kiltealy Spring then pulled out all the stops to seal victory in the JT100 section. The top five all finished on their style marks, but Emily’s impressive mark of 20.0 put her four points ahead of runners up Lauren Chaffey riding Game of Luck. Matching Georgina Clarkson’s score in equal third was Sophie Wall and Primitive Pronto.
“It was an excellent competition; informative, fun and challenging. It has certainly kick started my BE training for the 2015 season,” said Sophie, who also finished fifth in the JT100 on her other ride, Burgundy Sunshine. “A big thanks to Jane Graham and Louise Smales, the coaches, who gave up their full day in freezing conditions!”
The JT80 section produced a clear winner for Ruth Lognonne, 29, and her 18-year-old mare Toy Time. The only combination to finish on their style score, they leapfrogged style-leader Rosie Beveridge-Pearson and Smoky and the Bandit. Jessica Birkbeck completed the top three in her first ever British Eventing competition, riding Coolquill Francisco.
Judge Louise Smales commented: “Baileys Jump Training is a super competition. There were some very nice horses there, not surprisingly some more experienced than others, but I think everyone enjoyed themselves and hopefully learnt from the day. It’s certainly something I enjoy judging.”
Aimed at those starting out in Eventing as well as those already competing at BE80, BE90 and BE100 level, the Baileys Jump Training Series is judged on style and performance. The aim of the competition is to encourage competitors to improve their technique and, in so doing, improve their results.
Competitors are scored over two rounds with positive scores given as follows for each round, out of a maximum of 50, with any jumping faults deducted to give a total score which is then converted to penalty points:
A: The horse’s balance and rhythm. Max 10 marks. B: The horse’s paces and quality of the jump. Max 10 marks C: The rider’s ability to present the horse correctly to the fence and ride accurate lines. Max 10 marks. D: The rider’s position, balance and ability to follow the horse’s movement over the fence. Max 20 marks.
Visit the Jump Training pages for more information on the competition and to see the full list of fixtures.
Upcoming Jump Training fixtures Saturday 7 February – Moreton Morrell College, Warwickshire Friday 13 February – Wellington Riding, Hampshire
For more information on the series sponsor visit www.baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk.