Jessica Botham and Silent Whisper win the National 4 year old Championship Final
Saturday 10 August 2019
The JS Teamwear Championship Arena 2 played host to the National 4 year old Championship Final today at the British Showjumping National Championships 2019. The Championship saw the stars of tomorrow compete under the watchful eyes of the judges Liz Edgar and Laura Stockdale.
The 22 young horses were initially ridden on the flat and then over a course of jumps. A total of 20 combinations were called back for a second inspection and jumped over six fences. After much deliberation the judges decided on a clear winner: Silent Whisper ridden by Jessica Botham scoring 166 points, 4 more than second place winners Christopher Smith and Nicola Barry’s Knock Out.
The homebred mare Silent Whisper has been carefully produced by Georgina Marshall for this Championship. Prior to this competition the mare has had very few outings to shows, making the win even more impressive: “We have taken the mare to a couple of shows but not many, as we don’t like to over jump them as youngsters. The mare will probably have the rest of the season off now to give her time to mature”.
Jessica will be competing in both the National Five-year-old Championship Final tomorrow and the National 1.30 Open Championship Final, where she hopes to have the same success.
Christopher Smith and Knock Out take second place, with a joint third placing for both Yazmin Davis and Kate Natasja, as well as Ben Bick and Levito Z.
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