THE sun shone down on Hagans Croft Equestrian for the fourth leg of their five-week Jump Mix event on Saturday, May 14. The main arena was set up with an inviting course of 12 fences, consisting of rustic and coloured poles and fillers. With the first two classes on offer being cross-poles and 50cm, those competitors were out walking the course from early on that morning in preparation for the prompt 10am start. As the cross-poles class got underway, once again all competitors jumped around with big smiles on their faces and rightly so, as everyone in the class jumped unassisted!
Some of these competitors went on to jump in the 50cm class, with all three competitors jumping successful double clears. Charlie Watson did it in the fastest time of 34.56 seconds on her new pony ‘Meghan’, followed by Rose Henderson and ‘Tubster’ in 47.66 seconds.
The course was adjusted for the 60cm class, where more fillers and back bars were added to the fences. With only four of the nine competitors finishing on a double clear, it was down to who jumped over fences nine to 12 in the fastest time and that was Aoife Davis and ‘Arizona’. With a super fast time of 27.85 seconds, no-one could come close to that time and therefore no-one could deny them the red ribbon for all their efforts! Second in the 60cm class was Kristina Hayes and ‘Ruby’, who jumped double clear in a time of 36.5 seconds.
Aoife Davis continued her winning streak in the 70cm and 80cm classes, this time on chestnut pocket rocket, ‘Pip’. First in both classes and securing the fastest time throughout the day of 24.84 seconds, the pair have set themselves up well for the final next week and are out on top within the league leader board as it stands. Chloe Scott and ‘Fergie’ finished second in the 70cm class with a lovely double clear, while Chloe McLaughlin and ‘Teddy Boy’ finished second in the 80cm class in 26.94 seconds and another lovely double clear. What a great partnership this pair have!
Emily Benson and ‘Annie’s Treasure’ were delighted with their win in the 90cm class, with Chloe McLaughlin placing second again, this time on Kristen Kleinman’s lovely grey mare ‘Clara’.
A special mention must go to Sara Gray and ‘Keizer’, who took on their first 90cm track and were delighted as they crossed the finish line clear all the way in a time of 33.88 seconds! A celebratory fist pump in the air was seen as they celebrated their third place! Sara said she was so delighted with their achievement she felt she had just jumped around Badminton! This clearly meant so much to the pair and Hagans Croft is delighted to be a part of their journey.
As there were no entries for the 1.10m class, the 1m class was the last class of the day and, as the height was adjusted, clear rounds were harder to achieve. However what was evident was that horses and riders were pushing their boundaries and it was about completing the course, and gaining confidence between horse and rider. First place went to Kerry Parkhill and ‘Elsa’; second was Chloe McLaughlin and ‘Clara’ and third was Emma Brown and ‘Elly Bouncer’. It was great to watch these partnerships develop and well done to all for taking on the challenging course.
Hagans Croft would like to thank everyone who supported the fourth leg of Hagans Croft’s five-week Jump Mix League. Thank you to the arena party, Katie and Kristina and to Black Horse Photography for covering the event. All photographs can be viewed and purchased from the Black Horse Photography website.
This league runs every Saturday until May 21 and is open to everyone. Entries are via Hagans Croft’s website: www.haganscroftequestrian.co.uk or you can also enter via the Hagans Croft App. Entries close each Thursday at 8pm and times are posted late on Thursday evening.
To qualify for the final in week five, each horse/ pony and rider combination must compete in three out of the five weeks and within the same class. Competitors must compete in the final to be eligible for league placings, placings will be based on a points system. The final is open to everyone with a separate prize giving taking place for competitors on the day and league competitors.
To find out more about the league, please contact Gillian on 07849 106453 or go to the website: www.haganscroftequestrian.co.uk
Saturday, May 14
Class 1 – Cross-Poles: Charlie Watson, Meghan; Lily Henderson, Emily; Julia Kerr, Cheerna; Rachel Stranney, Snowy.
Class 2 – 50cm: 1) Charlie Watson, Meghan; 2) Rose Henderson, Tubster; 3) Rachel Stranney, Snowy.
Class 3 – 60cm: 1) Aoife Davis, Arizona; 2) Kristina Hayes, Ruby; 3) Cara Hamill, Askamore lass; 4) Vivienne Andrews, Sarah’s Pebbles; 5) Zach Watson, Dolly; 6) Emma Andrews, Mouse.
Class 4 – 70cm: 1) Aoife Davis, Pip; 2) Chloe Scott, Fergie; 3) Cara Hamill, Askamore lass; 4) Gail Hadden, Diesel; 5) Amy Cope, Buckaroo; 6) Imogen Hillis, Goose.
Class 5 – 80cm: 1) Aoife Davis, Pip; 2) Chloe McLaughlin, Teddy Boy; 3) Emily Benson, Annie’s Treasure; 4) Kristen Kleinman, Clara; 5) Abbey Stevenson, Belle; 6) Sara Gray, Keizer.
Class 6 – 90cm: 1) Emily Benson, Annie’s Treasure; 2) Chloe McLaughlin, Clara; 3) Sara Gray, Keizer; 4) Chloe McLaughlin, Teddy Boy; 5) Abbey Stevenson, Belle; 6) Liz Cherry, Monty Miller.
Class 7 – 1m: 1) Kerry Parkhill, Elsa; 2) Chloe McLaughlin, Clara; 3) Emma Brown, Elly Bouncer.
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