Emma-Jo Slater takes the honours in the SEIB Winter Novice Qualifier at Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre

Tuesday 08 January 2019

Emma-Jo Slater takes the honours in the SEIB Winter Novice Qualifier at Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre

Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre in Rugby, Warwickshire was a popular choice for competitors over the weekend as eighty-four combinations came forward to compete in the SEIB Winter Novice Qualifier on Sunday with Emma-Jo Slater taking the top spot.

Thirty of the initial starters completed the first round course with a clean slate but only twelve could produce a second clear around David Cole’s nine fence jump-off. With only two qualifying places on offer for the Championship Final at the Royal International Horse Show, Hickstead, West Sussex this summer, the competition was a fierce one.

On board Ross Irving’s 10 year-old Belgian bred gelding Jaguar De Saint-Pierre, Emma-Jo flew through the finish line with nearly 2 seconds to spare and this guaranteed their place in the Championship Final.

Brian Thompson claimed second place with Millfield Cloe, a 7 year-old grey mare owned by Millfield Stud. They also finished with a double clear with a time of 44.36 seconds.

Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre – Sunday 6th January 2019
SEIB Winter Novice Qualifier Results

1st Emma-Jo Slater & Jaguar De Saint-Pierre – 0/0 – 42.59 seconds
2nd Brian Thompson & Millfield Cloe – 0/0 – 44.36 seconds

NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.

Image: Emma-Jo Slater & Jaguar De Saint-Pierre in action in the SEIB Winter Novice Qualifier at Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre (CREDIT: British Showjumping)

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