WEEK four of Hagans Croft’s five-week show jumping league was held on Saturday, September 7. The sun was beaming down on all competitors, who seemed to enjoy the technical course of coloured fences. With a great number of clear rounds, cheeky refusals and some unfortunate ‘sat nav’ issues, spectators were in for an eventful day of jumping!
This league is catering for all capabilities, with the day starting out with cross-poles, gradually moving upwards to 1m classes. First out for the cross-poles class was Zara McConnell and ‘Rio’, who kick started the day with a lovely double clear round, followed by another double clear by Pippa Leathem and ‘Danny Boy’. However, it was first place for Zara and ‘Rio’ and second for Pippa and ‘Danny Boy’.
The course was adjusted to 50cm and Vivienne Andrews and ‘Sarah’s Pebbles’ were back on form to come home with a double clear in a time of 23.63 seconds placing them first. They were followed by Leigh Sloan and ‘Mollie’, clear in a time of 24.72 seconds.
Next came the 60cm class, where all four competitors achieved double clear rounds, therefore it came down to who jumped fences nine to 12 in the fastest time. It was Alana Eadie and ‘Willow’ who did it in a time of 18.50 seconds, clinching first place and the red rosette. However, hot on Alana and ‘Willow’s’ heels were Emily Morgan and ‘Charlie’, who finished in a time of 19.59 seconds placing second on the day.
The course was adjusted up to 70cm and more fillers were added to some fences. Competitors were keen to walk the course prior to the class commencing to double check their striding and what best lines to take in the jump off course to see if they could shave a few seconds off their time. Competition was certainly stiff and, with a total of eight double clears, it was down to who got round in the fastest time. With the fastest time throughout the whole day, Alana Eadie and ‘Willow’ flew into first place for the second week in a row! Another red rosette very well deserved! Just a split second behind, Victoria White and ‘Temple Bui’ finished in a time of 17.31 seconds, narrowly missing out on the red rosette, but this super pair were more than happy with second place on the day!
Once again competition was stiff in the 80cm class, with a total of eight competitors achieving double clears. Victoria White and ‘Temple Bui’ pushed for their turns to try and shave off the seconds, but would you believe they finished on exactly the same time as the previous class – 17.31 seconds! However, this time it secured them first place and a red ribbon. Rachel Boyes and her grey mare jumped into second place with a very respectable time of 18.34 seconds, coming home with a blue ribbon.
Katie Scott and ‘Pixie’ were back on top jumping form this week, achieving the only double clear of the 90cm class in a time of 25.28 seconds, there was no doubt that this pair were coming home with the red rosette. Finishing in second place, with four jumping faults due to an unlucky refusal at fence five, was Olivia McMath on her coloured mare ‘Arabella’.
Hagans Croft would like to extend a huge thank you to all the competitors, who supported this event, which will be running until this Saturday, September 14. Thanks also go to the judge Gail Smyth; arena party and stewards, Lindsey, Harriett and Carol, who kept the event running so smoothly! A massive thank you to the league sponsors KPC Equestrian, who painted all of Hagans Croft’s show jumping fences last year, providing a superb job. Thanks to Black Horse Photography for covering this event and all photographs can be purchased through their website.
This League runs until this Saturday, September 14. Please visit Hagans Croft’s website: www.hagans crofteqestrian.co.uk or facebook page for more details or contact Gillian on 07849 106453.