At the recent Cricklands Junior Show Jumping Championships, Aaron Coombes from Ringwood in Hampshire and his pony Bonny took both the 10 and Under 2’0” Pony and the 11 and Under 2’3” Pony Championships, the first with maximum points over two heats, and Shelby Johnstone from Penistone near Sheffield rode her namesake pony, Bonnie, to victory in the 2’6” Pony Championship, again on maximum points.
Young riders from across the country converged on Cricklands for the annual championships after qualifying at local venues. At the event riders could select to ride in warm-up classes before competing in two Championship heats to gain points, the rider with most points in each section was declared the winner; the second heat garnering higher value points.
Two second places were sufficient to give Poppy Pugh (Pangbourne, Dorset) victory on board Springleigh Park in the 12 and Under 2’6” Pony while Martha Kitchen from Lincoln accumulated enough points after coming fourth in the first heat and third in the second to win the 2’3” Pony Championship with Misty, those above her having lacked consistency over the two rounds.
Emma Giles from Kurdford in West Sussex made her long journey worthwhile when winning the 2’3” Open Pony Championship on Poppy Longstockings, the pair taking a win and second place to beat their nearest opponent by 35 points.
Another long trip, this time for Lucy Gilsenan from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, gave her a Championship and two reserves. Riding Commanche Blue, Lucy won the 2’6” Open Pony and also took the runner-up slot on board Maddy, having been second and first respectively on these ponies in the first heat but Commanche Blue secured higher points in the decider to win by the minimum of five points. Lucy and Commanche Blue also took the runner-up position in the 2’9” Open Pony after winning the second heat. The Championship here was won by Dorset’s Sophie Harrington on Hazelhill Billy Bob following third and second places.
Molly Allsop from Luton in Bedfordshire recovered from sixth place in the first heat to take third in the decider, and the 2’6” Horse Championship, on board Quinty while Shannon Buckley (Orpington, Kent) laid claim to the 2’9” Open Horse on He’s as Good as Gold following a third place and a win in the second heat.
In the combined Horse/Pony Championships Shannon’s near neighbour, Mia Vazquez from Bexley, came out on top in the 3’0” section on Kennard Allstar having won the first heat and taken second place in the decider. The pair also took Reserve in the 3’3” Championship after winning the second heat but had to give way to Haverfordwest’s Chloe Farr and Llangarth Caroline who’s third place, plus a win in the opener, gave her the all-important points.