The week-long Alexander Horseboxes Scope Festival celebrates all that is great about showjumping — thrilling jump-offs, brilliant riders of all ages and some awesome equines. And, for those lucky enough to win a red rosette, a beautiful sash and the coveted rug, it’s then lap of honour time — hold on to your hats, these combinations are loving every minute of their moments in the spotlight!
1. No fear!
Claudia Moore and Tullineaskey Fear Deas go for a spin after 138cm glory
2. Golden wonder
Atiya Bussey and Ranchwood Latte scoop the Mandy Hall 1.15m Pony and celebrate in fine style on their lap of honour
3. Hands up if you’ve won!
Ella Hall is the most ecstatic rider at Scope after she and Calusa won the Cats and Pipes 138cm
4. Round of applause
Eloise Burden on Coolatooder Liath after success in the Graeme Ash Novice Masters
5. Perfectly poised
Demi Watson and her four-year-old winner Illonois I
6. Mini Milton
Glain Watkin Jones enjoys the lap of honour on My Gem Pearle, Graham Heath Equestrian Primary Handicap 138cm victors
7. Ribbons flying
Emma Slater and Kings of Leon take the Tacklocker 1m Novice
Izabella Rogers feels the G-force as she whizzes round on Whinney Lass after victory in the Graham Heath Equestrian 128cm Primary
9. We have lift off
James Smith and Bolton Gate Ben head the 1.45m Big Tour
10. Giving Frankie Dettori a run for his money
Katie Bradburne certainly has the racing genes — she and Cappagh Misty land the HCC Contractors Tiny Tots
11. Blink and you’ll miss them!
Isabelle Ryder puts down the accelerator on Cuilin Dun after the POYS 5 and 6 year old Elite
12. Red ribbons
Nicole Lockhead Anderson and Gangnam Style II take the Squibb Group Dunglen 148cm
13. All smiles
Lesley Mitton on Heart of Savannah take the Buckaroo Saddlery Adventurer
14. Happy by name…
Another hat-trick on the cards for Paul Barker and Happy Boy
15. Faster, faster!
Noora Von Bulow riding Peppino II Grande, winners of the CGS Construction 128cm
16. We’re off!
Will Edwards and Candies B after victory in the Marnic Groundworks Young Riders Under 23 B&C
17. Don’t scratch the paintwork!
Grand prix winners Yazmin Davis and Zilverster II steer a very careful line past the rather nice set of wheels (Who parked there, we wonder?)
Don’t miss this week’s issue of Horse & Hound magazine (31 August 2017) for the full report from Scope Festival