Natasha Hewitt’s Show Jumping Column

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Hi everyone hope you are all well and your ponies are fit and ready for
a great summer of fun! So much to look forward to and luckily the
ground has started to slightly dry out so hopefully there won’t be as
many cancelled shows and events! Good Luck in all your competitions and I
hope you have a great time!

Me and my sister have been really busy (as always) and were having so
much fun! We have been at shows every weekend and riding every day. All
the ponies are making us very proud and proving that our hard work does
pay off! Barry our novice 148cm is going from strength to strength!
Samson and Mish Mash are also improving faster than we could of ever
hoped. Mish Mash has achieved four British novice double clears, four
discovery double clears, five newcomer double clears and one foxhunter
double clear in six weeks. As well as qualifying for the 90cm, 1m, 1m10
and 1m15 finals at Scope 2012! Samson jumped his first Graham Heath
handicap and just had a very unlucky four faults but we were very happy
with that as it was one of his first shows. He has all the talent in
the world so hopefully with some more experience he will be a good pony,
his half-brother (Machno Carwyn) was on the European team!

On 13th May, my sister and I both went to South View Pony Premier for
the first Horse Of the Year Show qualifiers! Jess did the 138cm
qualifier on Rapkyns Paddys Day (Patsy), Rakewood Goldsmith (Fred) and
Ballyclough Brisco (Bobby). All three ponies got into the third round,
there were thirteen combinations that made it that far! The fences stood at
1m35 which on a 138cm pony is not easy! Luckily Jess managed to produce
two of only the three treble clears! She claimed
second on Fred and third on bobby! That meant she qualified both ponies
for the Horse Of the Year Show in October at the NEC in Birmingham! Not
bad to say Bobby is twenty years old and Fred is twenty three years
old! They have been jumping for longer than Jess has been alive! After
a short celebration she went on to win the 1m05 open on Orchid and also
rode a lovely clear round on Mish Mash! In the Newcomer second round
Orchid just touched a pole and it fell but jumped a lovely round! Mish
Mash jumped a foot perfect first round but sadly picked up eight faults
in the second but not bad for how inexperienced he is! I rode a pony
called Beauty Spot in the Discovery class and jumped a great double
clear was very pleased as I’ve only rode her three times!

Coming up in the next few weeks we have lots more HOYS qualifiers and
Jess is hoping to qualify a few more for the finals in October! We also
have the Home Pony Internationals in August to look forward too! Every
rider aims to be chosen for their national teams for those shows as it
is an amazing achievement if you get to be on the team! Jess was
on the teams last year and won gold and two silver medals for
England! We are very lucky to have such a supportive family and friends
who enable us to go to all these shows, including the long stay away
shows which are sometimes very far away so take hours and hours to get
there!

Hope you all have a great month!

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