The Blue Chip Winter Show Jumping Championships at Hartpury (8-12 April) provided us with some thrilling action and worthy winners. Here is the 2015 roll of honour.

1. Blue Chip Grand Prix: Nigel Coupe and Golvers Hill

Blue Chip Winter Championships 2015 at Hartpury

Nigel holds off a two-pronged challenge from William Funnell (Billy Congo and Roi) to take top honours on Friday night.

2. HorseQuest UK novice champions: Heather Broad and Caretina II BFZ

Class 2 HorseQuest UK NoviceChampionship winner Heather Broad and Caretina li B F Z

“I’m so nervous, I shake,” says the winning rider.

3. Blue Chip Joint RLF power champions/Blue Chip Karma performance champions: Angie Thompson and Babette

Class 11 Blue ChipKarma Performance Championship winner Angela THompson and Babette

The mare may be “quirky and tense in the ring”, but that certainly doesn’t stop her winning.

4. Joshua Jones discovery champions: Emma-Jo Slater and Nina Phin

Class 9 Joshua Jones UK Discovery Championship winner Emma-Jo Slater and Nina Phin

This is Emma-Jo’s ninth Blue Chip championship

5. WOW Saddles star championship: Georgia Cabb and Quinara S

Class 10 WOW Saddlles Star Championship winner Georgia Cabb and Quinara S

16-year-old Georgia is enjoying a successful debut year in seniors.

6. Blue Chip Pro challenge: Matthew Sampson and Amadeouse de Hurtebise

Blue Chip Championships at Hartpury - Grand Prix

“He’s inexperienced against the clock, I was relying on my other two [rides], but I was too slow,” says Matthew, who bought the nine-year-old in Belgium.

7. Blue Chip Dynamic B&C champions: Julian Mincher and Dolanda

Blue Chip Winter Championships 2015 at Hartpury

“I’ve been second 40 times over 24 years at this show,” says Julian, who notched up a championship winning double this year.

8. Halsall Electrical 1.25m champions: Julian Mincher and Dartbreaker

Blue Chip Winter Championships 2015 at Hartpury

The Heartbreaker x Lux Z stallion, a winter grade C and Hickstead B and C finalist, now visits Twemlows Stallion AI services for semen collection.

9. Haygain Hay Steamers diamond champions: Michaela Huntingdon and Drumhowan Cavalier

Blue Chip Winter Championships 2015 at Hartpury

“I’ve been every year since I was 12, it’s a brilliant show,” says Michaela.

10. Blue Chip pro sparkle JC/JA champions: Emily Ward and Ballybaloo

Blue Chip Winter Championships 2015 at Hartpury

For the third year in a row, Emily holds her challengers at bay to take the JC/JA title with an Irish-bred 11-year-old she only meets at shows.

11. Animo pony novice champions / Animo pony discovery champions: Megan Taylor and Mr Bojangles III

Blue Chip Winter Championships 2015 at Hartpury

“He just goes into cruise control,” says Megan, 14, who collected an armful of prizes for winning both championships, including a much-coveted blingy Animo numnah for the beautifully turned out Mr Bojangles.

12. HorseQuest UK pony sapphire champions: Lauren Roach and Westcoast Express

Blue Chip Winter Championships 2015 at hartpury

This eight-year-old mare, owned by breeder Paul Kelly from the west coast of Ireland ­ hence the name ­ is by the German warmblood Fairman and out of a 13.2hh pony.

13. HorseQuest UK pony coral champions: Sophie Bennett and Killy Colour Code

the Blue CHip Winter Championships 2015 at Hartpury

 

“Colour Code had jumped in a few Foxhunter classes when we bought him, but I hadn’t done much at all ­ he brought me on,” says Sophie, who comes from Jersey.

Don’t miss the full report from the five-day Blue Chip Winter Show Jumping Championships in this week’s new-look Horse & Hound, out Thursday 16 April 2015