Spectators were treated to top class show jumping with some of this country’s leading riders in action and it was Di Lampard – reserve rider for the British show jumping team at the Sydney Olympics – who took the top prize of £2,000 in the JLT/Reliance sponsored Grand Prix.
She and Valentino R were one of only five partnerships to master the first round course without fault, and produced another immaculate clear in the jump off to triumph by 1sec over 17-year-old Robert Whitaker and Temple Guess What, the only other double clear.
Earlier in the week, Robert had headed the R. Hill Builders & Shopfitters Gentlemans competition on the same horse and another victory was gained in the small grand prix with Dangermouse II.
It was the younger riders who dominated events, with fellow Yorkshireman Paul Barker finishing runner up on Blue Chip Kildalton Lad. The 22-year-old gained four victories at the show,with three other equal firsts. In the 6 & 7 year old young horse Grand Prix, hefilled the top two places with Piquet and Blue Chip Quinton respectively.
Twenty-one-year-old Corinne Collins made her journey from Staffordshire worthwhile when she also headed four classes, all with different horses, her major triumph coming in the Speed Grand Prix with Razmataz.
Local rider Allan Clutterbuck was the victor in the five-year-old young horse grand prix with Temple Creosus, while Alex Newsham, who has been based in France for the past three years won the Equinn International Ladies Championship, ahead of Louise Whitaker and Sara Rust