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Pleasing Performances at The Pony Club Championships

Day two of The Pony Club Championships, kindly supported by Berkeley Group, saw an array of action in the beautiful surroundings of Chomondeley Castle, Cheshire, and visiting riders from America, Australia and Canada as Britain hosts the International Mounted Games visit.

The Open Individual Show Jumpers took to the stage, in an exciting Championship competition which kept everyone on the edge of their seats. Just four out of the 47 starters went through to the Jump Off, and the win went to Imogen Kennedy and nine year old Gwyndyucha Ko-Ko from the Cheshire Hunt North Branch who rode clear.

A surprised Imogen said: “It’s just so amazing! I’ve only had Gwyndyucha Ko-Ko for a year and he’s brought me on from 80cm to Open.”

Eventing was on the cards for our PC90 riders, who put in some stunning performances in all three phases.  The team win went to Rosie Brickell riding her sister’s Mystery Man, Molly Morris riding Rocky XI, Sasha Niven riding Templebready Miss Bailey and Grace Botterell riding Winston for the Duke of Buccleuch’s Hunt.

The team said the surprise win was ‘spectacular’ and talked about how tricky Cross Country fence 11 was to ride. Rosie thanked her sister, Alice, for lending her her horse and Grace thanked her Winston’s owner Sarah Doug. They also thanked Grace’s mum Claire Botterell who is their Dressage Coach and everyone involved in the organisation of The Championships.  They hope to be back next year in the PC100. 

Being trialled for 2018, the NFU Mutual Open PC90 Eventing has been introduced to give riders who have worked their way up to competing at PC110 level the chance to compete novice or younger horses.

Taking the win on 32.4 was Caitlin Padfield riding seven year old Aragon House Liana for the Bennachie Branch. Caitlin, who qualified three horses for The Championships, said: “I’m really chuffed with our double clear. She’s a young horse who has changed career and this is only our sixth event. She did Dressage up to Elementary level but stopped enjoying it, but as she’s bred to jump on her mum’s side we gave Eventing a go.” Caitlin, who has been selected for the 2018 Aberystwyth University Talent Pathway Squad, thanked her Coaches Sue Hendry, Harry Payne and Jean Stephen. She also thanked NFU Mutual Mentor Pat Crann who helped her warm up.

Open Dressage to Music winner Florence Human, who also had wins in the 2018 Dengie Open Dressage to Music and Open Winter League Dressage earlier this year, pulled out all the stops to finish win on Fulgencio for the Polden Hills Branch. Florence said: “I’d like to thank my Coaches Helen Griffiths and Sophie Clarke who helped me create the floorplan to include new moves, such as halt to medium trot.” 

Eleven year old Novice Dressage to Music winner Molly Turcan was over the moon with her horse Greyfields Independence who scored 81.25% to take the win for the Cottesmore Hunt. She said: “I’m really proud! This was my first ever Dressage to Music competition.” Molly does a ‘bit of everything’ with Greyfields Independence, but Eventing is her favourite sport.

There was also plenty skill on show in the Open Dressage Championships, but taking the win was Holly Kerslake riding Valhallas Zorro for the Lamerton Hunt. Holly said: “I qualified for the Open Champioships before but sadly my horse picked up an injury so it’s nice to be back and finish on a good note. We had a little wobble on the left shoulder in, but Zorro’s medium trot and medium canters were good.” Holly thanked her parents and Coaches John Chubb and Charlotte Dujardin who she has had lessons form since the age of eight or nine.

In the Open Dressage Team competition, Surrey Union’s team of three Katie Hale, Josh Moore and Hatty Ford won saying the win felt ‘really good.’ The team are all back for the Intermediate Dressage, and Josh and Hatty are Eventing as well. They thanked Assistant DC Debbie Winchester who made a huge effort to support them at Cholmondeley Castle, DC Helen Dart and Coach Becky Gibbs.

The hard work paid off for the team from the Sir WW Wynn’s Hunt who finished on top in the Junior Horse and Pony Care Competition, generously supported by long-term Pony Club sponsor Blue Cross.

The team, consisting of Kate Rutherford, Annie Lowe and Lucy Fox said the win was ‘amazing’ and thanked Janet Douglas and 2016 Junior winners Naomi and Pip Young for their generosity and support.

Fast, furious and thrilling, our Just Chaps Mounted Games Championships began today with intermediates, pairs and international teams giving it their all. Results were

Intermediates South Northumberland won with 45 points
Pairs Lanark & Upperward A won with 49 points, just one point separated them from Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt in 2nd place
International Great Britain won with 68 points

Over on the Polocrosse Championships pitch it was an action-packed second day of play, with some spectacular displays of skill on show. The winners were:

Charles Mason Open Seniors North Warwickshire
Novice Seniors Over Dalkeith Stables / North Warwickshire
Stoneleigh Open Juniors United Pack
Novice Juniors Area 17
Brookes Minis United Pack
Novice Minis Romney Marsh Lions

Tomorrow promises to be another action-packed day, with Dressage, Dressage to Music, Show Jumping, Mounted Games and Horse and Pony Care.

Our team of NFU Mutual Mentors will once again be out in force, lending a hand to anyone who needs support and advice to perform at their best.

A full timetable can be found HERE

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