Four new Champions were crowned at British Eventing’s Baileys Jumping and Style (JAS) Championships on Saturday 23rd February. This pre-season indoor Eventing series, for both BE Members and non-members culminated at Bury Farm in Buckinghamshire, the new home of the JAS Championships.
Winners went home with an impressive array of prizes, including feed vouchers and rugs from Baileys Horse Feeds, in addition to a place on a training clinic with former World and Olympic medalist Blyth Tait plus £500 in BE Training vouchers.
Fourteen-year-old Eliza Yeardley was the first Champion of the day taking the BE90 JAS title with her ten-year-old, chestnut, Welsh pony, Prince VIII. The pair clinched the winning result by just one point for style finishing on 14 penalties, with one point added for time. Oliver Woodland and De Beers Diamond took a very close second place in the popular class with 47 starters.
The BE100 JAS title went to 19-year-old Georgie Wood with her ride Symmetry. Reigate-based Georgie won the class of 43 starters seven penalties clear of runners-up, Chelsea Pearce and Little Indian Feather. Georgie and her eight-year-old, bay, Irish mare were also placed third in the Novice Championships as well as Georgie piloting her other ride The Whole Punch to eighth place in the BE100. Georgie tweeted: “Can’t believe how generous the prizes were and can’t wait for the lesson with Blyth Tait!
Southerly Roberts, who was last year’s Baileys Jump Training BE90 series Champion, has come out on form again taking the 2013 Novice JAS Championship, again with Tinx, her eight-year-old, bay mare. The part-time Maths teacher from Wokingham won one point ahead of Florence Woods riding Spanish Clio to finish on her score of 12 out of a class of 33 competitors. Southerly said of the selection of prizes: “I am really looking forward to using the training vouchers to help us get to Intermediate level, which is my goal this year. I am also over-the-moon to have a new, smart rug plus Tinx will feel very spoiled to have some luxury Bailey’s feed instead of the home-brand pony nuts she normally gets! We had a lesson with Blyth Tait last year, following the Jump Training championship win, so I can’t wait for him to see how much she has come on.”
Last year’s Novice JAS Champions Nici Wilson and her mare Naomi 55 made the step up to the JAS Open Championship look easy, finishing on an impressive style score of just 4 penalties. The pair took the title with a margin of six points ahead of Sophie Platt and Highfield Graceful in a class of 28 riders. Haslemere-based Nici is 26 and works full time as an event rider. Nici said: “I love this series to get my horses out and sharpen them up before we start the event season. I will be using the training vouchers for some extra dressage training and I can’t wait to go to Blyth Tait’s for the training clinic again, we had so much fun with him last year.”
Kenneth Clawson Memorial trophy
The organising team behind BE’s Jumping and Style have donated a new trophy for future JAS Championships in memory of Leicestershire-based Kenneth Clawson who passed away in December 2012. Kenneth who was an internationally renowned eventing coach was a vital part of the JAS organising team for the series which has been running for over eleven years.
The JAS team will be providing a Kenneth Clawson Memorial Trophy to the most promising up and coming rider in future JAS Championships. The team consists of course-builder Andrew Hunter plus organisers Paul Davies and Holly Farr.
Andrew commented on the importance of the trophy: “This prize is so important to us and the eventing community because it means that every year Kenneth’s will be remembered. The series really was his baby, so it is lovely to be able to keep his spirit alive with this trophy.”
The inaugural winner of this memorial trophy is twenty year old Amber Woodhouse from Weston in Berkshire. Andrew commented on the winner: “Amber has been extremely consistent throughout the JAS series this year. She rides very beautifully, is always incredibly polite and enthusiastic but most of all puts in a lot of effort with her horses. There were of course others who were equally deserving of the recognition but for us Amber had the winning edge.”
John Paul Sheffield will be donating a lesson for the Memorial Trophy winner every year, a fitting tribute to Kenneth who helped J-P kick-start his career as an international event rider and successful coach.