Caroline Webley and Geoff Luckett produced flying rounds to clinch the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s championships.
The gentlemen’s competition went right to the wire, as Geoff Luckett and Chris Moyces Pjort cutting every corner to win from last draw.
Early riders Paul Barker and Daniel Neilson had set a fast pace with Quinton and Penshaws Parsons Advocate, but Geoff Luckett pulled out all the stops with a long gallop to the last clinching the Bilton Ward Developments National Gentlemans title.
Combining speed and accuracy also earned victory for Caroline Webley and Joan Willetts home-bred Barrister QC in the Riverside Air Conditioning National Ladies’ Championship. Penultimate drawn in the ump off, Caroline kicked on to the final fence to pip Victoria Tulloch and Sophie Heaven riding Soliegette and Perth. We had to gallop all the way, and he locked onto the last fence said Caroline.
The new partnership of Willliam Whitaker and Kerball won the County Group Under 18 championship. Recent winners at Weston Lawns, the pair set off at speed chasing a fast time set by the Horse & Hound Foxhunter Masters winners Mathew Sampson and Chianti Classico.
We had to keep everything tight, and he won it on his turns, said William, who was a member of Britains gold medal winning junior European team. A spirited late challenge by Danielle Willett and CC Hook earned them second spot.
Other championship winners on the fourth day of the Festival were:
- Northern Marine Underwriters National 1.30M Classic Laetitia ridden by Tracy Priest
- Sportaction TV Junior Starspotters Birchill Dessy ridden by Oliver Evans
- Katherine James 1.0M Novice Mister Tom IV and Hayley McCaie.
- Squibb & Davies Junior Foxhunter Masters The Colour of Money with Fionn McSharry). The final tickets to HOYS in this class went to Above and Beyond (Greg Taylor), Abbeyphin Polo (Natasha Jude), R Peroni (Zoe Adams) and Crooky Blue (Ryan Haynes).
Read Horse & Hound’s full report from Scope in 6 September magazine