Georgia Dixon reports..
Bishop Burton’s first BE fixture of the year took place on Saturday, seeing another successful Jump Training competition come to a close. The Jump Training series is sponsored by Bailey’s and competitors compete at JT80, JT90 and JT100 in order to qualify for the Championships which take place in February at Hartpury. The top 25% from each class qualifies for the series championships.
JT80 was the first class of the day, Rebecca Brady took the title riding Hawallie VDL. Rebecca had a style score of 27, 7.5 marks above Karen Farnsworth who placed in 2nd riding Ballybrogan Pie, Karen scored 34.5. Both Rebecca and Karen finished on their style scores after jumping clear rounds. They were 2 of 4 combinations who did finish on their style score out of a class size of 18 combinations. Melanie Sharp who was riding Clonshire Rebel came third despite having 4 Jumping faults and finishing on a score of 37.
This was also JT80 winner, Rebecca Brady’s first affiliated competition to date.
JT90 was headed by Katie Stephens-Grandy who achieved 3 top 10 placings throughout the day. Aswell as winning the JT90 finishing on her style score of 25 on Mr Music, she also placed 8th in the JT90 and 9th in the JT100 on Trendy Magic Touch. Katie has qualified for the Badminton Mitsubishi Motors Cup BE90 Championship on Trendy Magic Touch after placing 2nd in the BE90RF at Oasby at the end of the 2016 season.
6 combinations out of 21 jumped clear in the JT90 class. 2nd placed rider Madeleine Hubel finished on a style score of 27.5 riding Cleraune Penny Splash. Claire Jackson finished up in 3rd riding Twiggy V after finishing on 29.5.
Connie Gill put forward some impressive performances in the JT100 class riding two ponies. She won the class riding Movie Star II and also came 3rd on Hotshots. She attained a style score of 21 on Movie Star II and a style score of 26.5 on Hotshots for 3rd. Sophie Shepherson came 2nd with Park Pippin after finishing on a style score of 22.5.
Well done to everyone who has qualified for the Championships and to everybody who competed.