Sarah Carless reports …
In the opening class of the day Freya Kendrew and her nine-year-old Easter VII claimed the win in the BE90 with a style score of just 10 to sit two points ahead of second placed Lucy Baguley and Nicola Baguley’s Charlie Go Go. Also on a final score of 12 but further from the optimum time it was another placing for Holly Cartwright and Niarca II as they took third place in the hotly contested class.
Freya, who has had Bunny for two years, told Eventing Worldwide: “Winning the championships felt so incredible. I went thinking I just want to have fun and have a good experience so coming away with that result was amazing.”
Georgina Wood and Symmetry picked up the win in the BE100Open class with a style score of 11 with no jumping penalties, keeping them three points ahead of second placed Daisy Bathe and her 18-year-old gelding Alfie XI. Storma Finston’s Lookout Lollypop, ridden by Emily Finston, also finished on a score of 14 but stopping the clock further from the optimum time than Daisy and Alfie XI left them in third place.
It is the second time Gerogie and Lily, who she has owned since she was a five-year-old, have won a JAS Championship title; they won the BE100 Final in 2013 but since then Lily has struggled with injury.
Georgie, a full-time teacher, told Eventing Worldwide: “I was so excited to win. I love the JAS series and Lily is quick and neat so I knew if we got it right she would have a chance of winning but I never expected it. I think the JAS series is great to help get your eye in before the season starts, although both the horses I had at the final are actually my show jumpers. They have both done some eventing but neither of them are going eventing this year. Lily was my first horse and we have learnt together. She is sensitive and quirky and we just do things for fun now. Since struggling with injury, she now lives in the field 24/7 with no shoes on and is thriving on it.”
A packed BE100 section saw a win for Laura Watson and her own seven-year-old Gotcha PSS with just one time penalty to add to their style score of 11 for a 12 point total over Holly Cartwright and Niarca II on 13. Georgina Wood was in the prizes again in third place on a score of 14 this time on her seven-year-old War Horse II.
It was a winning weekend for JAS Championship regular Southerly Roberts who secured a one-two in the JAS Novice and win in the JAS Open Novice Championship classes. A highly competitive field saw Southerly taking the win in the Open Novice section on her 13-year-old mare Tinx with a final score of just 11 after adding no jumping or time penalties to her style score. Florence Finzi picked up a style mark of just nine but with four-time penalties from the cross country section she finished with a score of 13 to sit in second place just ahead of Claire Dueten and Valerie Scott’s Ustinov van Elsenham on 15, made up of 14 for style and one cross country time penalty.
Southerly also enjoyed success on her own 12-year-old mare Fizz IV winning the Novice class on a final score of 18 ahead of herself on LVS Jackpot with a score of 21 after adding ten cross country time penalties to their style score of 11. Kylie Roddy and her own and Shearwater Insurance’s Shearwater Bonaparte completed the top three on a score of 24.
Italy’s Vittoria Panizzon had a successful day on Mr and Mrs Peter and Jan Price’s young horse Secret Legacy with a win in the BE90 Open class. The five-year-old mare added no jumping or time penalties to their style score of 11 to take the win ahead of Abigail Boulton and Katy Prince’s Carnsdale Quick Decision on a score of 13 with another third placing for Kylie Roddy who finished on her style score of 14 with Madelaine Woodford’s Reddington Squirrel.
The final of the Baileys Jump Training series wrapped up a weekend of winter Championships this Sunday at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire.
BE Accredited Coaches Nick Gauntlett and Annabel Scrimgeour took the finalists on the course walk before the start of each class and an individual warm up with riders then doing one round of show jumping followed by feedback before jumping a second round.
To decide the Champions both rounds of show jumping were marked for style, effectiveness of riding and the quality of the horse’s jump and any show jumping faults over the two rounds are then included to produce a final score.
It was a double win for last year’s JT100 runner up, Jenna Good, who went one better this year to take the win and Championship title in both the JT100 and JT90 classes. With a final score of 15 after adding no jumping penalties to her style mark in the JT100, Jenna and Trewithian Hawkeweed clinched the win over Ibble Watson and Erica Watson’s Bookhamlodge Pennylane who took second place on their style mark of 15.5. Saskia Davies and her own Singing USK picked up four jumping penalties to go with their style mark of 14 to complete on 18 penalties for third place.
Producing another two clear jumping rounds in the JT90 with a style mark of 20.5, it was a second win for Jenna, this time on Sasha Good’s Western King. Novice and Open Novice JAS Champion from the previous day, Southerly Roberts, took second place in the JT90 on Fiona Clare’s Wurlitzer I with a style score of 26 and no jumping penalties ahead of Sophia Marston and Blackstown Spot On in third.
Julie Jeffes and her own nine-year-old mare Hederfeld Ash were crowned JT80 Champions after adding no jumping penalties to their style score of 24.5. Tegan Wood and Karen Baugh’s Knockmanus Dusty claimed the runner up spot with their style mark of 28.5 and it was another third placing for Sophia Marston on a score of 29 this time with Esme Hatton’s Meiklekims Secret.