Morris Equestrian 148cm Pony Premier - Round up
Monday 13 February 2017
Fraser Reed landed Saturday’s Charles Britton Equestrian Construction Winter JA classic with a beautifully executed jump-off round on Barrie Truelove’s 16-year-old Quilitymaes Z at Morris Equestrian Centre's 148cm pony premier.
Twenty-six hopefuls initially aimed for the three Charles Britton Equestrian Construction British Masters qualifying places on offer, but only four managed to produce round one clears to reach the second round, and an on-form Fraser was touting two – Quilitymaes Z and Kilclough DG Clover.
But in a tense second round, only two combinations provided double clears to go head-to-head. And in a nail biting decider, both jumped clear again with the onus heavily on the clock with Fraser jumping into victory by 1.08 seconds.
Shaunie Greig eased into second place with Casino Royale VIII, a 14-year-old gelding she has competed since August.
Bobbie Heath made the journey from Cheshire to Scotland worthwhile by taking the third qualifying place on the 17-year-old Air Flow on clear and four faults in round two.
Fraser also featured in Sunday’s Charles Britton Equestrian Construction Winter JA Classic, taking third on Kilcloghan DG Clover to secure a finalist place at the British Masters.
Seven of the initial starters posted first round clears, but only two of these reached the final jump-off for another two-way decider.
Tahnia Jordan Jones was the sole competitor to produced a third clear round to commandingly claim victory on Tania Andrews’ AKM Beech Comber. Tahnia took over the ride on the 12-year-old gelding – a 2016 HOYS newcomer and Foxhunter finalist for Maia Andrews – in December and the pair have quickly established a partnership.
Nicole Lockhead Anderson claimed second on Claire Lockhead’s Irish-bred 21-year-old Cappagh Supreme. Fraser was the fastest of the four-faulters from round two to take third on Graham Heath’s 14-year-old gelding Kilcloghan DG Clover.
Another new partnership jumped to the top in Sunday’s Winter JC qualifier, Anoushka Mauree with her ride of six weeks Miami Moonbeam registering their first win.
Ten from thirty-eight gained first round clears with seven eventually contending the jump-off, but the clock was secondary as accurate clears took the qualifying places. And Anoushka dismissed any nerves to claim the top spot by 4.87 sec on Michelle Kershaw’s Miami Moonbeam, a 9-year-old that was second in the HOYS 2016 Foxhunter final with Nicole Kershaw.
Cleo Loizzo opted for accuracy and it paid handsomely, Charlie McDonald’s 10-year-old Banner Girl returned a clean sheet to take the second qualifying place.
Madison Jamison will again jump in the Hickstead International arena at the Royal International Horse Show after heading Saturday’s Winter JC qualifier with the 8-year-old gelding Sweepstake. The pair – who completed their round at Hickstead on four faults in 2016 – made no such mistake in Scotland, jumping a solid treble clear and posting the quickest time.
Thirty-nine starters chased the three Hickstead finalist places, and these were quickly reduced to initially twelve with a final ten in the jump-off, Madison taking the win by 1.98 seconds.
Elizabeth Baker claimed second on Nicolas Baker’s Okehurst Colour Code, a 10-year-old gelding she has produced since his British novice days in 2014.
A delighted Libby Hounslow took third with Uncanny, a 9-year-old gelding she took over in October from Robert Murphy after he had won the Horse of the Year Show Pony Foxhunter Final. And Tahnia Jordan Jones claimed fourth on the 11-year-old Jumper.
Harry Wood has hit immediate form with new ride Landlord III, an 11-year-old gelding with Just the Business II x Landwind II B bloodlines previously ridden by Megan Taylor and Cameron Rogan. They built on their restricted rider 1.10m win at Harrogate the week before to commandingly claim victory in Saturday’s British Showjumping 148cm special, winning by 2.51 seconds.
Sandy McLean had a show to remember with five wins. He scored a hat-trick on Sunday, winning the Horsequest UK coral qualifier on Mountmary Edna and took third with the 11-year-old stallion Kippure Lancelot – winner of both Blue Chip newcomers. Tobar King posted Sandy’s third win on Sunday in the 148cm restricted with Red Flamenco taking third. And on Saturday, Midnight Minuet headed the Foxhunter for Sandy with Kippure Lancelot second.
NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.