British Eventing’s Baileys winter training Jumping and Style (JAS) series ended this weekend with the final being held at Addington on Saturday (25th February). There was a packed competitor list with exactly two hundred entries, and the winner of each section will now benefit from a free lesson given by former World and Olympic gold medalist Blyth Tait.
The top spot in the BE90 went to Alice Sandberg who has had a particularly successful JAS campaign, qualifying four times with two horses at the Solihull qualifier and then taking home a further two tickets at the Hartpury event with different rides. It was 5-year-old mare Brown Lady who was to bring success in the final, finishing top of the leaderboard on 9 points. The combination also finished 10th in the BE100 section, and Alice also took 7th place in the BE90 section with Cecilio.
Jessica Moody and 12-year-old gelding Supporter Z were to come out on top of the BE100 section, after qualifying with a 2nd place in both the BE90 and BE100 at Hartpury.
Another successful combination was Nici Wilson riding the mare Naomi 55, who not only finished 2nd to Jessica in the BE100, but also went on to win the Novice section. Naomi 55 was one of three horses that Nici had at the final, but was to prove the most successful on the day.
Behind Nici in the Novice was Georgina Wood, who was another competitor with three rides in the final, all of which had top ten finishes. Her top performer was to be Snowdon Ozzie, taking 2nd place on 10 points. Nici and the 14-year-old gelding had qualified for the final with a 5th place at Merrist Wood.
In the Open section it was to be Tor Heard and Tommy V who finished top of the leaderboard in what is their third year of competing in the JAS series. The combination who had qualified at Vale View also finished in 10th place in the Novice section.
Seasoned JAS campaigner Elizabeth Mantel was to take 2nd place in the Open with 11-year-old gelding Touplesse. This was Elizabeth’s third year competing in the final, and she also took home the 2nd place rosette in the Open at last year with a different ride.
Jane Buchan, marketing manager of the title sponsors, Baileys Horse Feeds said “We at Baileys are delighted to be involved with JAS and to see how standards have improved across the board over the last couple of years. Whilst it was tight at the top, there were lots of stylish rounds from riders showing that their preparations for the Eventing season are going well.”
“We wish all competitors the best of luck and will look forward to seeing winners at our clinic with Baileys sponsored rider, Blyth Tait, in the summer.”
Olivia Szajna, British Eventing’s Marketing Manager said: “In addition to the title sponsorship from Baileys, we would like to thank our fence sponsors KBIS British Equestrian Insurance, Walker Logistics, Jump 4 Joy and Marsh for their generous support which has helped enhance and develop this popular pre-season series.”
The full results for the 2012 Baileys JAS finals are on www.britisheventing.com