Irishman Ivan Dalton gained his place in the Horse & Hound Foxhunter final after leading the field at the BSJA Area 15 show on Lucky De Blondel. Joining him at the NEC will be Paul Barker, who picked up his third ticket to this prestigious class, this time with Amadeus.

Eight reached the final jump-off, where Ivan Dalton set the pace on his first ride, Smokey, but the pair fell foul of the first fence. Louise Whitaker made the same mistake on Azucar.

Keith Shore coaxed Stranger to a third clear, but left the door open and Paul Barker immediately eased Amadeus into the lead. Keith Shore then lowered the back bar of an oxer with Huntingdon Squire.

Ivan Dalton made last draw count, pushing Lucky De Blondel to a convincing 3sec victory.

Read this report in full, plus reports from other top show jumping shows around the country, in tomorrow’s Horse & Hound (26 July, ’07)