British Eventing’s Winter Jump Training finals are close fought

  • Fewer than three penalties separated the top three combinations in all sections in the final of British Eventing’s (BE) 2012 Baileys’ Winter Jump Training series.

    Natalie Samuel from Berkshire won the BE80 (T) final on Dillyopkins.

    She said: “The horse I won on today is an ex-racehorse who is pretty green – this is only our third competition together.

    “Jump Training is fantastic, giving you the opportunity to jump twice, with a trainer there to give you moral support and help – I’d really recommend it,” she added.

    BE90 final winners, Southerly Roberts and Tinx, qualified at both Wellington and Merrist Wood.

    Southerly said: “This has been my first year competing in Jump Training and it has been a great start to the season.”

    GCSE student Sophie Dodds and Be Touchable took the BE100 title, finishing just one penalty ahead of runner-up Natalie Robertson.

    “The difference between my first and second rounds was significant and I have loved every minute,” said Sophie. “I’m now hoping to build up to competing at BE100 level and am looking forward to it!”

    The final was held on Good Friday (6 April) at Solihull Riding Club and the winners won the chance to attend a clinic with Blyth Tait, plus £200 worth of training and feed vouchers.

    Jump Training competitors jump a showjumping round, then receive feedback on how to improve it from a BE accredited coach before they jump their second round.

    Classes are open to everyone and run at BE80 (T), BE90 and BE100 level.

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