Show jumping stars ready to battle for glory at Royal County of Berkshire Show
Tuesday 06 September 2011
There is a lot at stake for show jumpers competing at this year’s Royal County of Berkshire Show (17-18 September 2011). Prize money, international show qualification and valuable ranking points are there for the taking. That’s why some of Britain’s best talent will be giving it their all during the action-packed events.
For the third year, the show will be hosting the British Showjumping Business Partnership International Stairway final. Riders have competed in the series at major county shows throughout the summer to gain as many league points as possible before heading to Berkshire.
The winner of the class, held at Royal County of Berkshire Show on Sunday afternoon, will take home a £2,500 prize. The league winner, decided after the last horse has jumped, will be awarded £10,000-worth of rankings points, which will boost their position in Britain’s national rankings.
Rivalry will be fierce between Hertfordshire’s Phillip Miller, who will ride Caritiar Z, and Tim Davies, from Suffolk, partnering Valentijn O. Both are entered and in contention for overall glory. However, with such strong entries, Phillip and Tim will have plenty of other riders’ challenges to fend off, including those of senior British team riders David McPherson, from Kent, and Oxfordshire’s Tina Fletcher.
The final will also decide who will gain a wild card to this year’s Horse of the Year Show. Combined with results of International Trials, another series of competitions held throughout the summer, the International Stairway final decide who also claims this honour.
The Rivar Area Trial, held on Saturday morning, also looks set to thrill spectators with top riders and horses aiming for glory. And on Saturday afternoon, visitors to the showground will be able to watch the popular Wendy Green Six-Bar, named in memory of the former Chairman of the Show’s Light Horse Committee who sadly died suddenly in 2008. The winner of the class, which involves the fences being raised for jumping up to four times, will receive £750, which has been donated by Wendy’s husband Edgerton GH Green OBE.
Among those heading to the show are Daniel Moseley, the successful stable-jockey of Surrey-based triple Hickstead Derby winner William Funnell; eventer turned show jumper Bumble Thomas from Buckingham, and Suffolk’s Louise Pavitt, a young lady who’s well known for her speedy riding.
For those wanting to view future equine stars, the eight show jumping classes held in the show jumping ring will provide a feast for talent spotting. And it’s not just younger horses who’ll get a chance to shine, the Park House School Team Jumping competition will involve lively competition between junior riders.
Alan Pooles, Chairman of the Royal County of Berkshire Show council, said: “This year looks set to be a thrilling showdown between some of the top horses and riders on Britain’s county show circuit. There’s a lot on offer for these riders to take home with them, so spectators will be on the edge of their seats as each event unfolds.
“The whole show is packed full of talent and entertainment. There’s so much to get in, visitors may find themselves wishing for more time.”
In addition to the jumping classes, there’s a whole host of showing classes for everything from tiny Shetland ponies to huge Shire horses; for horses shown in-hand, under saddle and in harness; those with tidy plaited manes or flowing locks, plus the Scurry Driving Association’s national championship.
Around the showground, there are numerous displays including, cookery, floristry, horticultural and agricultural demonstrations, as well as hundreds of shopping opportunities in the trade stand avenues. And one of the feature attractions this year will be the Devil’s Horsemen. Their gravity defying and daring Cossack display ride will thrill the crowd, while the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas will offer gentler enjoyment.
There are some attractive discounts on tickets bought in advance, plus fast track entrance into the Show. Tickets can be purchased online at www.berkshireshow.co.uk or by telephone from the Newbury & District Agricultural Society on 01635 247155. Other local outlets in and around Newbury are also selling tickets – details of which can be found at www.berkshireshow.co.uk
Adults £14 £17
Concessions £12 £14
Children £6 £7
Car Parks £5 – some are free
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