A return trip to South View paid dividends for Kelly Kirkham, who set an unbeatable standard in the Blue Chip Pro Sparkle JC/JA with Hearnesbrook Supernova.

First drawn in the 10-strong jump-off, Kelly and her agile nine-year-old grey finished ahead of Chad Fellows with Mike Clarke’s coloured stallion Spider V.

Chad enjoyed a successful show, picking up more Solihull tickets courtesy of the four-year-old Tex Two, who headed the Kitt-Kraiburg Sapphire, and Pot Black, who finished fourth. Stephanie Platts and Miss Snicker tried their best, but had to settle for second place.

One of the most fiercely contested classes was the Kitt-Kraiburg Novice, where 37 of the 62 starters produced initial clears. Lydia Parrot with the speedy little Rory who found the shortest route in the jump off.

Having taken the final sapphire ticket the previous day, Hayley Smith and Chief Chelang headed the Kitt-Kraiburg Discovery in fine style. From 18th draw in the 28-pony jump-off, Hayley spotted a turn that paid dividends.

After heading the Kitt–Kraiburg Coral, Emily Cooper and Drumbad Rocky Cove booked their return ticket to Solihull, where they were placed in last year’s sapphire championship.

Read this report in full, plus recent reports from Mechelen CSIW, Barleyfields, Hartpury, JM Equestrian, West Wilts and Markfield, in this Thursday’s Horse & Hound (11 January, ’07)