SATURDAY, August 29,
saw the start of Hagans Croft’s six-week show jumping league. After what was a week of storms and torrential rain, Hagans Croft’s arenas were up to the test on Saturday, with bumper entries to kick start the league. With all competitors pre-entering and receiving starting times for the event, all the show jumpers arrived promptly allowing the event to run like clockwork throughout the day.
The day started out with the cross-poles class, where a total of six competitors achieved clear rounds, some with the help of their mums, who also needed a rosette for running and jumping over the course of 12 fences. Every competitor within this class went home with a rosette for their efforts, therefore getting these young stars of the future off to a positive start.
The jumps moved up to the 50cm height for class 2, again an encouraging course of 12 fences, with fences 9 to 12 now being timed against the clock. Meabh Schaible and ‘Fleur’ supported the Hagans Croft Dressage league the previous weeks and now turned their hand to jumping. The event organisers were delighted to see them doing so well, jumping both phases clear and in a time of 27.33 seconds and taking the red ribbon. On their first time competing at Hagans Croft, Hermione Peters and ‘Todd’ stood out from the crowd, as they jumped a superb round and in a steady time of 32.69 securing them second place and a blue ribbon.
The 60cm class saw some bright fillers entering the course and, as competitors walked the course on foot, they realised the competition was starting to hot up! After doing fantastically well in her exam results, Rebecca Belshaw was still on a winning streak, this time with her coloured horse ‘Mr Reba’. The pair completed the course clear all the way in a time of 23.49 seconds, which secured them the red ribbon. Second place went to Robyn Hartley and her four-year-old chestnut mare ‘Ember’ – this pair have shown great potential for such an early start in this mare’s career and organisers look forward to seeing how they get on within the league!
The largest class of the day was the 70cm class, with a total of 22 competitors. After weeks of dressage, it was Margaret Green and ‘Evee’s’ chance to show how they could soar over the coloured fences and that they did, going clear over the 12 fences in a time of 23.61 seconds and they were delighted to go home with a red ribbon for their efforts. With 11 competitors going clear, Megan Savage and ‘Star Surprise’ were delighted that they picked up second place in this strong class.
As the height was adjusted to 80cm and a few more fillers were added, competitors walked the course looking for the best lines to each fence and striding out the double and related distances. It was the youngest competitors who really took on the challenge, moving up a gear when it came to the timed phase. Achieving the second fastest time on the day was Charlotte Betts and ‘Percy’, who rode clear all the way in a time of 20.01 seconds and took first place in the 80cm class. Second place went to Sarah Craig on her pocket rocket ‘Rocky’ with a super time of 20.61 seconds and taking the blue ribbon. There was great sport on the day, well done to everyone involved.
A total of six competitors went clear in the 90cm class and the fastest time throughout the day went to Chloe Thompson and her grey mare ‘Beechburn Lass’, who jumped clear in an unbelievable time of 19.27 seconds – this was the only competitor to get under the 20 second time frame. A very well deserved first place for Chloe and ‘Beechburn Lass’. Second place went to Zara Smyth and ‘Charlie’, who also jumped a fantastic two phase clear round in a time of 20.89 seconds.
Lauren Madine and ‘Moonshine Melody’ should have been out eventing on Saturday, but the cancelled event meant that Hagans Croft had the pleasure of watching this pair compete. And what a joy it was to see Lauren and her grey mare jump clear over the 1m course in a time of 22.33 seconds and picking up the red ribbon.
The last class of the day was the 1.10m class, where a total of two competitors took on the challenge. Unfortunately, both competitors had faults for poles down, therefore, it went down to who jumped round in the fastest time. It was Hannah Blakely and ‘Clerkson’ who tipped into first place with four faults in a time of 27.24 seconds, whilst Emma Brown and ‘Cali’ had two poles down, eight faults in a time of 25.61 seconds and second place. There was great sportsmanship between these two competitors!
Thank you to all the competitors who supported the first leg of this six-week league. Hagans Croft hopes to see everyone again next week. Thanks are extended to judge, Katy Saunders and to all the stewards, who make the event run so smoothly. The league continues until Saturday, October 3 – this event is pre-entry only, with entries closing each Thursday at 12 noon prior to Saturday’s event. Times are posted online late on Thursday evening. To qualify for the final in week six, each horse/ pony and rider combination must compete in four out of the six weeks and within the same show jumping class. Competitors must be present at the final to be eligible for league placings. Scoring is based on a points system and details of league scores can be found on Hagans Croft’s website or facebook page. Rosettes are awarded to the first six placings each week and within the overall league placings. Everyone is welcome to compete at the final in week six, with a separate prize giving held for those competing on the day and those competing within the league.
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Saturday, August 29
Class 1 – Cross-Poles – Clear Rounds: Sofia Taylor, Pepsi; Ailsa Wood, Secret; Maisie Elliott, Moonlight; Harley McKeag, Dandy; Holly Blythe, Mary Alice; Conor McCluskey, Skippy.
Class 2 – 50cm: 1) Meabh Schaible, Fleur; 2) Hermione Peters, Todd; 3) Holly Blythe, Mary Alice; 4) Mary Booth, Franc; 5) Imogen Gray, Zazu; 6) Emily Adamson, Zazu.
Class 3 – 60cm: 1) Rebecca Belshaw, Mr Reba; 2) Robyn Hartley, Ember; 3) Sophie Curran, Madison; 4) Clare Walker, Blaze; 5) Meabh Schaible, Fleur; 6) Amanda McCullough, Braveanna.
Class 4 – 70cm: 1) Margaret Green, Evee; 2) Megan Savage, Star Surprise; 3) Robyn Hartley, Ember; 4) Lauren Young, Zody; 5) Jessica House, Kind of Magic; 6) Clare Walker, Blaze.
Class 5 – 80cm: 1) Charlotte Betts, Percy; 2) Sarah Craig, Rocky; 3) Abby Brown, Holiday Little Buzz; 4) Catherine Cowan, Lady Remarque; 5) Sarah Craig, Jasper; 6) Sarah Cowan, Take Two.
Class 6 – 90cm: 1) Chloe Thompson, Beechburn Lass; 2) Zara Smyth, Charlie; 3) Kate Russ, Bingo; 4) Claire Smyth, Tilly; 5) Charlotte Cochrane, Abbie; 6) Mandy Blakely, Kizzy.
Class 7 – 1m: 1) Lauren Madine, Moonshine Melody.
Class 8 – 1.10m: 1) Hannah Blakely, Clerkson; 2) Emma Brown, Cali.