Saturday, May 25, 2013
PLEVIN BRITISH SHOWJUMPING SCOPE FESTIVAL - TUESDAY ROUND UP
Wednesday 29 August 2012
It was obvious for all to see the delight on Norman Proffitt’s face when he took first and fourth spot in the Whittaker Coachbuilders National Senior Rider Championship on Tuesday afternoon. Twelve jumped clear and Norman was first to go with Patent setting a cracking pace to finish in 28.56 seconds but with one down, it took the seventh combination of Rosemary Tillson and Florgy to produce the first of only three clears, however it was Norman and his second ride Valentino XIV who proved unbeatable shaving a fraction off the time to claim victory.
A successful week for Emily Ward as she claims her second Championship, on this occasion riding Prospect Eddie an 8 year old pure bred Connemara who the family have produced from a 4 year old, proving to be a bit sharp as Working Hunter the family opted for a career change to showjumping. Forty five combinations set out in the Blue Chip Feed Balancer Pony Newcomers Master on Tuesday evening resulting in seventeen clears going through to the jump, Emily and Prospect Eddie were third on the list and had to set the pace finishing clear in 36.47 seconds. It proved enough to put the pressure on the rest of the field who only managed to produce three more clear’s, their nearest rival was Rosanne Hegarty who took second and third place with Another Twisted and Minison.
Nicole Pavitt also won her second championship in two days having won the Equestrianclearance.com Newcomers Masters on Monday she went on to win the Horse and Hound Foxhunter Masters on Tuesday evening. Nicole, who is based in Copthorne, West Sussex, was well down the list of the 22 clears that jumped off, however with Robert Whitaker and Anyway II setting the pace with 35.81 seconds Nicole could not afford to hang about, not that going steady is in her nature, and to prove a point Nicole and Festiena Van Texelhof shaved a second of the leading time. Jude Burgess and Fleur IV followed and gave them a good run for their money but couldn’t quite make the pace.
The Plevin British Showjumping Scope Festival incorporates many National Championship Finals. Qualifiers have taken place around the country throughout the year, culminating in these prestigious finals. Show jumping will take place in the indoor Championship and four outdoor arenas from approximately 8.30am, the indoor Championship Arena continuing until approximately 10.30pm. Entry is free each day until 6.00 pm, it is then £5 per ticket until 8pm when the gates close. Admittance to the showground between 6pm – 7am will be restricted to those wearing wristlets (or producing a purchased ticket which is valid until 8pm only), car parking is free.
HOW TO GET THERE: Staffordshire County Showground is located on A518 between Stafford and Weston (Jct. 14 M6).