The opening British Eventing Jump Training competition of 2016 at Hartpury attracted capacity entries with teenagers from around the region taking top honours in all three classes.
The competition attracted more than 60 combinations, with British Eventing Accredited Coaches Richard Evans and Annabel Scrimgeour on hand to provide feedback to competitors.
The JT90 Jump Training class was won by Leicestershire teenager Lilly Sturmey. Fifteen Year old Lilly, who is a student at Oakham School, told Eventing Worldwide: “I was over the moon to win. This is the first time I have been Jump Training. I really enjoyed it because normally I feel really nervous and a bit under pressure. But when I went to Hartpury I wasn’t nervous at all and felt really calm and relaxed. The feedback from the trainers was really useful. They said in my canter I needed to be more collected and when I did this in my second round it was much better and it is something I can take forward in future competitions and work on over the winter.
Looking to the season ahead, Lilly added: “My horse came from a working hunter background. I bought him in March last year and I’m producing him into an eventing horse. I did my first season last year and he went really well with lots of placings so I’m hoping to move up the levels with him this year. I have two JAS competitions and another Jump Training event over the winter – I’m on holiday for the Jump Training Final but I will be coming back early for it. After that I’m aiming for Aston Le Walls as my first event of the season.”
Third place in the JT90 class went to Holly Aufiero and Jungle Jack.
A combination bound for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup in May showed their form by taking victory in the JT100 class. Salisbury-based Emma Jowett and Artic Flynn are entering their second season together, and qualified for the BE90 Mitsubishi Motors Cup with third place in the regional final at Dauntsey Park last October. The winning pair, who were also second in the BE90 Jump Training class, were 5.5 penalties clear of Ellie Colidcott and Four Jacks who took second, with Megan Hill and Springfern Threeforagirl in taking third place.
In the JT80 Jump Training Class, Hannah Hall and Jap were victorious ahead of Katie Thomas in second with Cefnpant Iola and Knockmanus Dusty with Tegan Wood in third.
Sponsored by Baileys, Jump Training offers members and non-members the opportunity to show jump in a competitive environment under the watchful eyes of British Eventing Accredited Coaches. The competition includes a course walk followed by a guided warm-up before participants jump their first round. Riders then get given feedback from the coach before the second round is jumped. Both show jumping rounds are given marks for style, effectiveness of riding and the quality of the horse’s jump and its paces, with any faults over the two rounds included in the final score.
The next Jump Training competitions takes place at Houghton Hall (January 9) and Berkshire College (January 10). The final will take place at Hartpury on February 20.