A daring round by Helen Tredwell and Naomi V clinched victory in the Horse & Hound Foxhunter Masters in Stafford’s Bingley Hall Arena at the easibed BSJA/Scope Festival 2008.

Two turns gave Helen and her Hanoverian mare the edge, immediately relegating Geoff Billington and Uppercut II to second spot. “These turns were tight, but she is good at landing and dropping” said Helen.

As Helen and Geoff have already qualified their rides, the HOYS tickets passed down to Louise Whitaker (Contesse SZ), Daniel Moseley (U2 the First), Emma Saywell (Cornelius 27) and Dave Quigley (Ulot).

Four more HOYS ticket were hotly contested in the Blue Chip Feed Balancer Junior Newcomers Masters competition, which was won by Emily West riding Scharonie. “She loves tight turns, so this track suited us” said Emily.

With Scharonie already qualified for the junior Newcomer and Foxhunter finals at Birmingham, the Kent rider firmly set her sights on winning, and against her father Paul’s advice, pulled off two crucial turns to finish ahead of Jessica Mendoza (Razorlight II) and Pippa Allen (Rusty Boy).

With the top 3 ponies already qualified, the HOYS tickets went to Rachael Connor (Kelly’s Mirah), Stephanie Babes (Cassandra Van Het Roelhof), Pippa Goddard (Edenside Blue Eyes) and Lizzy Aldridge (Lemington Anastasia).

Horse & Hound Foxhunter 2007 finalists Lance Whitehouse and Tors La Loi triumphed in the George Babes Young Riders B&C championship. With double clears becoming progressively faster, Lance had to shave every inch from the course.

Another Kent rider, Pippa Goddard triumphed in the Equitrader National 1.15m Members Cup championship. Riding Mr Rojo (26.33), Pippa found a good turn inside the water feature to clip 2secs from Amelia Green’s opener with Up To Trix II (28.69).

“I watched Amelia’s round, and thought it pretty fast, so we had to find an extra turn somewhere” said Pippa. Posing a serious threat from penultimate draw, Jordan Nason took second spot riding Drumcahy Ringo (28.66).

Lauren Edwards, riding Peter Lamb’s Mr Bon Ami produced the only double clear to win the inaugural White Horse Shavings Children on Horses championship.

“He’s a great ride. Nothing fazes him, and no course is too tricky” said Lauren, who just meets up with her partner at shows. Three contested the jump off, Nicki Freeman taking the next places riding Rococo CH and Canudos.

From an original entry list of over 200 horses, and after two preliminary rounds, 32 starters contested the Katherine James Novice Championship. Heading a blanket finish was Carl Freeman riding the Traleigh Stud International’s T Quest, who finished ahead of Chris Moyce (David C) ad Charlotte Foreman (Urio).

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