Ross McDonald aged 35, from Thurcaston, Leicestershire with his own and Jon McDonald’s 6 year-old bay roan gelding Second Dan fought off the challenge from fifty-three other combinations to take victory in Saturday’s Nupafeed Supplements Senior Discovery Second Round at Summerhouse Equestrian Centre in Hardwicke, Gloucestershire.
Each starting combination was competing with the aim of collecting the treble clear required for a guaranteed place in the Nupafeed Supplements
Senior Discovery Championship Final, which will be held at the British Showjumping National Championships this summer.
The starting field was narrowed down to just twelve combinations following two rounds of fierce competition. Spectators watching the final jump off
were treated to seven treble clear performances.
Ross and Second Dan took the top spot after producing the fastest treble clear of the class. Ross and Dan were drawn seventh to go in the jump off
and with three treble clears having already been achieved earlier on; Ross knew that he had to emulate this to be in with a shot of taking the win. The
combination not only achieved their treble clear, but they did so in convincing style after producing a lightning fast round to finish up with nearly six seconds in hand. They finished in 38.80 seconds.
Ross was clearly thrilled with his result “I came to this class with the game plan of not only riding a treble clear but also taking the win and I am
delighted that it all came together, if not a little shocked. Showjumping is my hobby and I purchased Dan as a three year-old. I’m pleased with how we
did today as I have brought him on myself and he performance brilliantly.”
Second place went to 50 year-old Carl Freeman from Rugeley, Staffordshire and he was on board Claire Commins’ 6 year-old bay mare Eriggy. Three solid rounds from this combination saw them take their place in the top two with a treble clear in 44.76 seconds.
Third place was taken by 22 year-old Laura-Paige Millard from Kidderminster, Worcestershire on her own 7 year-old liver chestnut Quinaldo. Their treble clear was delivered in 45.20 seconds.
With another four combinations also achieving a treble clear, seven combinations from this second round will now go forward to the Nupafeed
Supplements Senior Discovery Championship Final.
Summerhouse Equestrian Centre – Saturday 16th May 2015 Nupafeed Supplements Senior Discovery Second Round
1st Ross McDonald & Second Dan – 0/0/0 – 38.80 seconds
2nd Carl Freeman & Eriggy – 0/0/0 – 44.76 seconds
3rd Laura – Paige Millard & Quinaldo – 0/0/0 – 45.20 seconds
4th Rebecca Mason & Soleaida – 0/0/0 – 46.71 seconds
5th Charlotte Goord & Early Edition VK – 0/0/0 – 48.78 seconds
6th Esme Harrell & Hapers Bazaar – 0/0/0 – 49.86 seconds
7th Millicent Cornock & Calcourt Quattro – 0/0/0 – 50.08 seconds
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.
The British Showjumping National Championships 2015 will take place during the 11th – 16th August at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre (NAEC), Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.