Britain’s top reiners crowned at national championships

  • Tabitha Sternberg-Allen and Louise McKnight shared the title of rookies champions at the British Reining Championships earlier this month.

    Both riders returned home from Oakridge Quarter Horse Centre in Newark with two championship titles.

    Tabitha (pictured) and Louise each scored an impressive 69.3, in the largest class of the day, to be crowned joint rookie champions.

    Tabitha, 14, and stallion Smart a Little also took the youth championship with a score of 69.2. Louise, who rode Cody Chic Olena, justified her trip down from Scotland by adding the green as grass championship title to her tally.

    It was a successful day for Hollywood Mojo, who won two championships under different riders — owner Lester Wilson scored 69.2 to win the limited non-pro championship and trainer Alan Payne clocked a notable 71 to take the limited open championship.

    Doug Allen and Francesca Sternberg also triumphed taking home the open and non-pro champion titles respectively. Doug posted the highest championship score of the day, on Inwhizable Juan, with 71.5.


    Green as Grass Championship 1. Cody Chic Olena Whiz (Louise McKnight) 69. 2. GVR Nu Glo (Frederika Forbes) 68.5. 3. Pick a Smart Player (Fiona Stringer) 67.5. Rookie Championship 1. Smart a Little (Tabitha Sternberg-Allen) & Cody Chic Olena (Louise McKnight) 69. 3. West Coast Jewel (Jerry Naish) & Smarts Little Golden Spook (John Ash) 68.5 Youth Championship 1. Smart a Little (Tabitha Stern berg-Allen) 69. 2. Whip that Rooster (Nina Rudd) 68.5. 3. Snapper Little (Fiona Howard) 63.5. Limited Non Pro Championship 1. Hollywood Mojo (Lester Wilson) 69. 2. BR Dual Rey (John McKnight) 68.5. 3. SES Chic Olena (Henrietta Campbell) 67.5. Limited Open Championship 1. Hollywood Mojo (Alan Robert Payne) 71. 2. Rockn the River (Erwin Van Looy) 70. 3. Jac Wonders Who (Tammy Greaves) 69. Int Non Pro Championship 1. AJ Dunnit Smart (Dawn Heaton) 70. 2. BR Dual Rey (John McKnight) 68. 3. SES Chic Olena (Henrietta Campbell) 62.5. Int Open Championship 1. Smart Rebel Girl (Michael Langford) 71.5. 2. Jac’s Little Sunrise (Doug Allen) 71. 3. Inwhizable Juan (Doug Allen) 70.5. Non Pro Championship 1. Smart Like Valentino(Francesca Sternberg) 69. Open Championship 1. Inwhizable Juan (Doug Allen) 71.5. 2. Custom Remedy (Lee Rutter) 71. 3. Jac’s Little Sunrise (Doug Allen) & Old Vaquero (Lee Rutter) 70.5.

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