An ecstatic Natasha Dean claimed the Blue Chip pony coral on Sequoia True Legacy on the final day of the Blue Chip Championships.
“I’m always second, I was second in the HOYS Foxhunter last year,” said Natasha, “but I’ve finally done it.”
She had two chances in the 14 pony jump-off, and used first ride Amman Valley Santino as pathfinder. “It was luck of the draw that my faster pony was late to go,” she said.
Chantelle Duggan captured the Blue Chip pony sapphire on the inexperienced King Mac.
Course-designer Steve Renouard reduced the initial 72 starters to 22 for the final jump-off, with Chantelle, 16, holding onto her midway lead. The pair had finished second in the previous night’s pony discovery.
“He can be spooky and worries away from his stable-mates,” said Chantelle, 16. “This is only his second show staying away from home.”
The talented pony, currently jumping at pony Foxhunter level, will target pony newcomers second rounds this summer.
Blue Chip Championships results day five
Blue Chip JC/JD.– 1, Hot Prospect II (A Brown); 2, Little Madam II (Z Henshall); 3, Pirums Figaro (B Allman). Blue Chip pony sapphire ch.– 1, King Mac (C Duggan); 2, Raisa Cestanii (C Wilson); 3, Thelma’s Gift (I Rae). Blue Chip pony 1.05m– 1, Buzz B II (E Jones); 2, Dolmar (H Teal); 3, Guilder’s Zico (J Rees). Blue Chip pony coral ch.– 1, Sequoia True Legacy (N Dean); 2, Raisa Cestanii; 3, Zara’s Last Star (J Baugh). PRB Horseboxes pony nov.– 1, By Chance IV (A Brown); 2, Kolbeach Holly’s Dancer (M Taylor); 3, Baronsway Lad (A Dunlop). PRB Horseboxes pony discovery.– 1, Wise Choice III (J Baxter); 2, Suttonwoods Fancy That (O Martin); 3, Irish Dream (S Stratton). PRB Horseboxes pony speed 90cm.– 1, Eva’s Will (R Gunn); 2, Kerry’s Boy (A Dunlop); 3, Miss Purdy’s Promise (L Baugh).