Young riders flaunt their showmanship

  • Britain’s young riders stole the show at the Equimat Jumping and Style (JAS) Championship. Gemma Tattersall and Laura Collett dominated the first three classes with last year’s intro winner Charlie Knapp also in the prizes.

    The championship was held in Buckinghamshire at Addington Manor’s fantastic two ring indoor school. JAS is a series designed to improve eventers’ jumping style over both show jumps and cross-country fences.

    Competitors negotiated a round of show jumps whilst being judged on style by Caroline Moore. Knockdowns and disobediences counted towards the final penalty score. Afterwards participants immediately went on to tackle a timed cross-country course in the other ring. Penalties were given for knockdowns, disobediences and exceeding the tricky optimum time. The experienced eye of Yogi Breisner (pictured) distributed style penalties for the cross-country.

    Gemma Tattersall with Sprinwatch Jackanapes won the intro section by a clear margin. Tattersall, who is a member of the World Class Potential programme, clocked up a style penalty of four and a single time fault. Daniell Dunn finished second on a score of 11. Pony rider Charlie Knapp, who has made a remarkable recovery following a fall in the autumn, finished in ninth place on It’s Jonjo.

    Tattersall went on to match her style penalty of four in the pre novice to finish first on Archimedes II. The dual victories earned her £1000 worth of training

    Laura Collett and Molly Lakin’s Fortunes Calimere took the novice championship title with a style mark of four and just one time penalty, leaving Steven James as runner up with Chapman. The open intermediate class was won by Caron Myles and the skewbald gelding Gesture. Laura Grace Johnson took second and third with her two horses Ellas Drum and Justin the Spirit.

    For a full list of results please visit British Eventing.

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