Saturday, 05 September 2015

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Unaffiliated riders get chance to shine at County Show

Unaffiliated riders will get their chance to shine at the County Show this year following the decision by British Showjumping not to run classes.

Initial schedules on the show website list BS classes for both ponies and horses, but with the added disclaimer that this is subject to BS approval.

The show catalogue now being sent to competitors lists three unaffiliated classes for ponies, at 85, 95 and 105cms and three for horses at 95,105 and 110cms. The Tom Nixon Cup will be awarded to the winner of the Horses 110 class.

Meanwhile, today sees the launch of a BS Junior Academy in Cumbria. A special event’s being held in the Resource Centre at Westmorland County Showground between 6pm and 8pm. It’s open to all riders up to 21 years old and promises to offer both training and social opportunities.

The Cumberland Farmers’ Hunt North branch of the Pony Club staged a highly successful Working Hunter Show at Greenlands. There were championships for Danielle Grant and Pebbly Peacemaker, Sophie Jones and her new partner Carrot, Alice Longmire and Donny, and Christine Richardson with Maxi.

Local eventer Julie Gaitskill was particularly proud of her eight year old daughter Freya who claimed second places in two classes, then went on to take the Beginners Reserve Championship with her 17-year-old pony Cheeky Chester, especially since the two have only been together for less than a year.

Hazel Noble and her brand new equine partner Charlie set the bar high for themselves by taking the Horse Reserve Championship in one of their first big shows together.

In Eventing, the sun shone brightly for Burgham. The event ran Advanced, Intermediate and Novice classes for the first time and attracted some of the sport’s leading names.

Ruth Edge won the Open Intermediate, on Rogerdale, and the Novice Section D, on Basco, and took third place in the BE100 on Glenomra Hero. Claire Paisley took ninth place in the Open Intermediate on Lowmoor Brooklyn.

Matthew Faulder came seventh in the BE100 with Redcotts Splash and Joanne Rome came tenth on Banaher.

At the Rowallan Jump Training event, Sophie Dodds and Be Touchable claimed two top-five places, coming fifth in the JT90 and third in the JT100.

The third and final indoor carriage-driving competition of the series at Greenlands saw organiser Amanda Saville take the Overall Championship in the Open Pony class with Firefly.

The Novice Pony was won by Peter Carter, while Brian Cairns won the Open Horse and Megan Dickson-Hood took the Junior honours.

The Farrah Trophy for the fastest obstacle went to Stephie White and Isla, while Amanda was overall Champion of the series with Firefly, and also Reserve with her pair. Josh Hepple won the ‘Chris Pears Trophy’ for best Novice Driver in the series.

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CFHN Open Working Hunter Show

Lead Rein, 1, Imogen Rome - Lady; 2, Alena Watson - Simba.

Beginners: 1, Danielle Grant - Pebbly Peacemaker; 2, Freya Gaitsgill - Cheeky Chester; 3, Lucy Jones - Talbies Golden Sovereign.

Beginners Champion: Danielle Grant - Pebbly Peacemaker.

Reserve: Freya Gaitsgill - Cheeky Chester.

Cradle Stakes: 1, Hannah Grant - Lanham Betson; 2, Freya Gailtsgill - Cheeky Chester; 3, Olivia Clough - Casper. Nursery Stakes: 1, Sophie Jones - Carrot; 2, Hannah Grant - Lanham Betson; 3, Hannah McGarr - Taboo.

Mini Champion: Sophie Jones - Carrot.

Reserve: Hannah Grant - Llana Betson.

133 Novice: 1, Sophie Jones - Carrot; 2, Hannah Graves - Wansfell Sheena; 3, Alice Atkinson - Toffee.

143 Novice: 1, Andrew Waugh - Keyhouse Houdini; 2, Hayley McGarr - Déjà Vu; 3, Hannah Duff -Ticky.

153 Novice; 1, Alice Longmire - Donny; 2, Sophie Weedall - Robbie Raskal; 3, Romana Wilson - Posh Rosie. Novice Champion: Alice Longmire - Donny.

Reserve: Sophie Jones - Carrot.

Mixed Open: 1, Andrew Waugh - Keyhouse Houdini; 2, Kate Pattinson - Tilly; 3, Hayley McGarr - Deja Vu.

Novice Horse: 1, Christine Richardson - Maxi; 2, Hazel Noble - Charlie; 3, Anne Phillips - Mr Bojangles.

Open Horse: 1, Emily McIntyre Ward - Inca Chief; 2, Anne Phillips – Mr Bojangles: 3, Christine Richardson- Maxi.

Horse Champion: Christine Richardson - Maxi.

Reserve: Hazel Noble - Charlie.



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