Bury Farm kicked off the Baileys Jumping and Style (JAS) series this weekend, with more than 150 riders competing.
International event rider Sarah Bullimore was the judge at the Buckinghamshire venue for the winter series, which offers riders the opportunity to hone their show jumping and cross country skills ahead of the season start in March.
Thirteen year old Mollie Harris of Norfolk took victory in the BE90 class. Producing a clear jumping phase, Mollie and her own Pixel Perfect finished on their style score of[emember_protected custom_msg=’This content is only available to Members, to read more of this article please Join HERE or if you are a member please LOGIN‘] 13 penalties. It is the combination’s second season of British Eventing together. Second place went to Izzy Hall and Uncle Monty with Jane Butler and Redinagh Reiltin in third.
The BE100 section went to Poppy Pugh, the current KBIS National Schools Equestrian Association 14 and under Training Bursary winner, and her own Chorleys Viscount. With a style score of just 10 penalties the combination secured a clear jumping round to add nothing to their score and claim the class win. The pair competed in the JAS Finals at both BE90 and BE100 in 2015, as well as competing in the Jump Training Finals.
Twelve year old Poppy has had Victor, a 14.1 bay gelding for two years, and trains with Mark Corbett and Richard Barratt. She said: “Last year was our first BE event season and we did lots of JAS as Victor and I find it very beneficial as it helps us with difficult combinations and learning long courses. Winning the JAS as the first competition of the year gives us a great start for the year. We have qualified for the Mitsubishi cup at Badminton in both the BE90 and BE100 and this year I am aiming to compete at novice level and qualify for the Under 18 Championships at Frickly Park.”
The BE100 was hotly contested as second place rider Hattie Grace and Charlie Chan were only one penalty behind the winners. Heidi Coy and Royal Fury took third place.
The optimum time was influential in the Novice section with all 23 starters picking up penalties against the clock. The class was won by 17 year old Elliot Armes from Norfolk with Brodella Johnny. The pair finished with a total of 16 penalties, following a clear jumping round with six time penalties being added to their style score of 10. Emma Stretton and Willy Ever were second with Amanda Hames and Miss Corbralyn taking third place.
In the final Open class, 17 year old Lucy Varley from Northampton finished on a total of 30 penalties to take the win on her own Tomgar Hugo Boss. The horse was previously ridden by Kevin McNab and the combination are starting out on their first affiliated season together. Alexandra Taylor was second with Little Vegas whilst third place went to Natalie Pettitt with Riffelaip.
As a result of the weekend’s competition, 12 combinations from the BE90 and BE100, 10 from the Novice and three from the Open have qualified for the JAS Final which will take place at Hartpury on Sunday February 21.
Open to both members and non-members, JAS provides the perfect chance to compete over the winter months with classes running throughout January and February. Held indoors over a combination of show jumps and cross country fences, horses and riders are judged on style as well as technique, with the style mark being converted to penalty points and added to any cross country or jumping penalties giving a final score.
The next JAS competitions take place at Hartpury College on Saturday January 16 and West Wilts on Sunday January 17.
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Sarah Carless Reporter at Large