Annabel Shields is Crowned Winner of the SEIB Winter Novice Qualifier at Bishop Burton College
Wednesday 08 March 2017
Annabel Shields made her journey from Crook, Durham worthwhile when she delivered an unbeatable performance to claim top spot in Saturday’s SEIB Winter Novice Qualifier at Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire.
Against forty-seven other competitive combinations, the stakes were high as each and every rider was vying for one of the two qualification places on offer for the Championship Final which will be held at the prestigious Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead, West Sussex this summer. The first round saw fourteen clears produced which left spectators with a nail biting jump-off in which five double clears were posted before the all-important clock decided the winner.
Annabel Shields used her late draw to full effect and after eyeing up the competition, she delivered a foot perfect round on board Amy Ryan's 6 year-old grey mare, Lobke VD Noordheuvel. This partnership shaved 0.47 seconds off their nearest rival’s time to secure a double clear and first place in 32.48 seconds.
Second place went to Angela Tate from Rotherham, South Yorkshire and Radley, an 8 year-old chestnut gelding owned by Patricia Tate. This pair crossed the finish line with their double clear in 32.95 seconds.
Bishop Burton College – Saturday 4th March 2017
SEIB Winter Novice Qualifier Results
1st Annabel Shields & Lobke VD Noordheuvel - 0/0 – 32.48 seconds
2nd Angela Tate & Radley - 0/0 – 32.95 seconds
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.
Image Credit - Margaret Shaw
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