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Pony Club eventing at its best

Pony club riders from around the country flock to Sansaw for the annual eventing championships

Harry Meade, the son of Olympic gold medallist Richard Meade, took the senior titleat the Pony Club eventing championships at Sansaw, Shropshire.

A member of the Beaufort hunt branch, Harry was riding Sue Exell’s attractive mare, Quenthorne. Second after the dressage on a mark of 65, the pair jumped an immaculate show jumping round, and Harry sealed his victory by coming home clear inside the time across country.

The course was more technical than I had expected and took some riding, but the going was well-prepared and it rode brilliantly,” he said.

One mark behind in second was Fiona Jonason from the Soham with Zinzantiger, finishing on their dressage score, as did Emily Timmis from the Clifton on Teme, again one mark in arrears.

Top team

The Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire branch broke a duck by winning the team competition, the first Scottish Pony Club to do so since 1973. The team, which received funding for training from Sportscotland, comprised Ailie Haddow, Olivia Haddow, Lois Young and Victoria Butler.

All four jumped clear within the time cross-country, and although they all faulted in the final phase, this was good enough to leave them 13 marks clear of their nearest rivals, theQuantock.

Individual sections

Ailie Haddow, 15, crowned her day by taking junior section A on the eight-year-old skewbald Patris Filius.

“I was particularly pleased with the way he jumped the corner, which caused loads of problems. I’m hoping to qualify him for the JRN finals this year, so this is a good start,” said Ailie.

The pair added just five jumping penalties to their 70 dressage, giving them three marks over Amy Young from the South Northumberland.

Section B went to Alex Postolowsky from the Scunthorpe and District, who triumphed in the dressage championships earlier in the week, on Diplomatic Jack. The pair led throughout, just dropping one pole show jumping, followed by Rose Kingscote of the Quantock.

Millbrook Ivor, a former member of the British pony team, and 13-year-old Lucinda Eaton finished on an impressive score of 63 to claim section C comfortably for the North Cotswold.

Anna Todd of the Wylyle Valley won the final section, riding Think Pink. The pair ended with nothing to add to their dressage score, three penalties ahead of the Heythrop’s Simon Lucey, 13.

Read the full story in this week’s Horse & Hound (5 September 2002), or click here to subscribe and enjoy Horse & Hound delivered to your door every week.

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