Full round up from Richmond Equestrian Cente’s Second Round British Showjumping Show.

Monday 25 July 2022

Full round up from Richmond Equestrian Cente’s Second Round British Showjumping Show.

Richmond Equestrian Centre (Equestrian Business Award Venue of the Year 2022 finalist) hosted one of the prestigious British Showjumping Newcomers Second Rounds on 23rd July 2022.

Over 160 entries supported the Category 2 British Showjumping event - of which 50 combinations battled it out over three rounds for the two Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) qualifications. A further five combinations scooped tickets for the British Showjumping Newcomers Final at The British Showjumping National Championships 2022. Andrew and Abigail Turnbull were delighted to welcome competitors and spectators to support the event. Course builder, Jason Abbs, designed a thought provoking and exciting course that provided challenge as well as entertainment.

Heading the headline class on the schedule, with a 1.24 second lead, was Jessica Hewitt riding Kayloma H&H. The 7 year old Ever Blue mare and her rider showed grit and determination to take the top spot to clinch a prestigious Horse of the Year Show qualification. Finishing on a treble clear, the combination was faultless.

Also picking up a Horse of the Year Show place was Tillie Davies and 9 year old bay mare Croft C V. Tillie shared: “The mare was bred by Adrian Marsh at Heathcroft Stud where she was produced until she was a 7 year old. We have owned her for two years. This year she won the 1* 125cm Grand Prix at Bolesworth International.

"Today, the course rode well. I kept it as smooth as I could throughout and opened her up for the last few fences. Others took tighter turns but I knew that for a little horse she does cover the ground well and so I had confidence that she could make up the ground well.”

Tillie trains with Mark McCourt who helps her to source and produce horses. The Clwyd Equestrian and Hannah McCourt Just Mortgages sponsored rider was ‘delighted’ with her results and expressed that she ‘can’t wait to ride at Horse of the Year Show’ which was her ‘biggest goal’.

One to watch
Just missing the much desired HOYS qualification was Beth Vernon and Cornet’s Girlensky. Bred by Castel Sport Horses in Wales, the striking brown Cornet Obolensky mare paired up with Beth in September 2021. Beth explained:

“She’s owned by Rowan Willis and Robert Moore. The plan is for her to fly to America at the end of this year. Rowan will take over the ride and we hope that she will go on to jump on the big stage out there.

My next stop with her will be the BS National Championships. We will compete in the Newcomers and Foxhunter sections.”

Blue Chip sponsored rider Beth, was ‘disappointed in the moment’ not to have qualified but on reflection ‘couldn’t have asked much more’ from her ride on the day.

Taking the top spot in the 1m30 open class was Christina Kenyon riding the striking Calypsos Rampant Million - just ahead of local rider, Paul Barker, who finished in second position. The North West based rider attended the show with her sister, who was also competing.

Flying the flag for local riders was Potto based Laura Robinson. Laura claimed the top two positions in the first class of the day - the Senior 1m20 Open. Leestone Singulady beat stablemate Greenacres Christalano for the top spot by 0.24 seconds.

No stranger to the North East circuit, Holly Gair won the Newcomers first round. Riding LGS Survivor, the pair stormed to victory with an almost 4 second lead in the jump off. LGS Survivor, who is owned by Holly’s step father, Stephen Gair, is just one of a string of horses that Holly currently produces and competes. The combination have been together for two years and in that time have had over 80 wins under rules. The pairs also qualified for the Horse of the Year Show Bronze League Final where they impressively finished in 2nd place last October. Holly is keen to return to HOYS 2023.

Holly explained: “Today’s course was quite twisty. After the start of the second phase, I allowed her to open up and gallop to the second fence which we fortunately achieved a good stride to. I just tried to keep it smooth. She’s an unorthodox mare and isn’t the easiest of rides. She has some old fashioned Irish blood in her and can grow a fifth leg at some fences to help me out! The more I ask of her, the more she thrives. I wouldn’t change her for the world! She constantly challenges me!”

The final class of the day was the Foxhunter first round, which was headed by Hannah Barker, who also finished in the ribbons in the Newcomers Second Round class on Miss Independent B. The Topspec Horse Feeds supported rider expressed gratitude and love for her six year long partnership with ‘special’ Cartouche. The gelding was bought for Hannah’s 12th birthday with the goal of introducing her to horse classes. Hannah and Cartouche have jumped on the European circuit and have won numerous international classes together. Hannah shared: “He’s 19 now and enjoys a slightly quieter life but still really enjoys going to shows. It was nice to win at Richmond today because it is a great venue and close to home. I knew I had to keep our lines tight and I used his stride between fences to move on as previous riders were fast against the clock.”

Course builder: Jason Abbs

Host: Abigail and Andrew Turnbull at Richmond Equestrian Centre

Copy and image (Beth Vernon riding Cornets Girlensky) provided by Richmond Equestrian Centre.


Course builder: Jason Abbs

Host: Abigail and Andrew Turnbull at Richmond Equestrian Centre

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