Competitors were treated to beautiful sunny day at Port Royal Equestrian Centre on Saturday as the venue was the setting for the first of this year’s Haygain Pony Discovery Second Rounds.
Twenty combinations travelled to the Yorkshire based venue hoping to secure their place in this summer’s Haygain Pony Discovery Championship Final, which will be held at the British Showjumping National Championships in August and with ten places up for grabs, spectators were treated to an exciting competition.
Following the first two rounds of the class, just six competitors remained ahead of the final jump off and the win was eventually claimed by the only combination able to deliver a treble clear.
Fourteen year-old Georgie Marriott from Market Rasen, Lincolnshire took the top spot on Murthwaite Boy Blue, a 9 year-old grey gelding owned by Liz Marriott. This combination produced three fantastic rounds to finish with an immaculate treble clear in 33.62 seconds, a result which proved to be unbeatable.
Second place was taken by 13 year-old Toby Parsons from Weeton, Leeds and he delivered the fastest four fault round in the final jump off on board Rosegate Bagatelle, a 10 year-old skewbald mare owned by Sarah Parsons. The combination was unfortunate to roll a pole for four faults, but their time of 44.87 seconds was quick enough for a top two placing.
Third place was secured by 15 year-old Katie Benbow from Goole, North Humberside who rode Simon Benbow’s 9 year-old bay mare Candy Twist. Katie and Candy Twist also picked up four faults and did so in 47.25 seconds.
Port Royal Equestrian Centre – Saturday 7th May 2016 Haygain Pony
Discovery Second Round
1st Georgie Marriott & Murthwaite Blue Boy – 0/0/0 – 33.62 seconds
2nd Toby Parsons & Rosegate Bagatelle – 0/0/4 – 44.87 seconds 3rd
Katie Benbow & Candy Twist – 0/0/4 – 47.25 seconds 4th Honour Preston
& Ultimate Fascination – 0/0/4 – 49.57 seconds 5th Megan Woodcock &
Glencroft Beal Na Blath – 0/0/8 – 52.33 seconds 6th Blake Auchterlonie
& Northside Rio – 0/0/E 7th Izzy Hosking & Amber Boy – 0/4 – 43.40
seconds 8th Molly Heaps & Stadmorslow Angel – 0/4 – 45.79 seconds 9th
Julia Mann & Lucy Mac – 0/4 – 45.91 seconds 10th George Atkinson &
Tynagh Sunshine – 0/4 – 46.25 seconds
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.
The British Showjumping National Championships 2016 will take place during the 9th – 14th August at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre (NAEC), Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.
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