Horse & Hound's coverage of Ashford Farm CSI4* Bolesworth International (18-21 June) is brought to you in association with Equestrian.com
Young showjumper Yazmin Pinchen claimed her biggest win yet and beat a host of top names, riding her mother Nancy’s Van De Vivaldi in the Redrow Homes CSI4* Grand Prix at Ashford Farm Bolesworth International (Sunday, 21 June).
The 22-year-old – who finished third in this year’s CSI3* Royal Windsor grand prix with the same horse – held her nerve going last into the jump-off and produced the only treble clear, fending off Ireland’s Trevor Breen and Oldtown KC, who rolled a pole in the jump-off to finish runner-up.
“In the first round he jumped insane and I knew I was in with a chance, it was just a case of me controlling my adrenaline,” said West Sussex-based Yazmin. “For a stallion, he’s a quiet and easy horse to ride – I have a good relationship with him. He takes me to a jump and he’s clever,” she added of the 12-year-old she’s produced for six years.
“I have been training with John Renwick who’s been brilliant and helps me prepare. He said just to focus on going clear in the jump-off.”
Out of the 49 starters, only four combinations made it through the first two rounds into the jump-off. It was a British contingent up against Ireland as Brit Keith Shore kicked off the final round proceedings with Mystic Hurricane. Both Keith and John Whitaker, riding Lord Of Arabia, picked up eight penalties – John’s faster round slotted him into third and Keith settled for fourth.
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Bob Ellis and Kelvin Bywater’s up-to-height track produced few clear rounds, with just six combinations managing to keep the poles up in the initial round.
“It was a difficult course, particularly the last line and lots of riders were coming to grief at the last – there were some big uprights,” said third-placed John Whitaker.
“He [Lord Of Arabia] is a really good jumper but it’s just his temperament – he can get a bit keen and keyed up by the third round.”
Sunday at Bolesworth also played host to the CSI2*1.40m accumulator class, sponsored by Horse & Hound, which was claimed by Geoff Luckett riding Sharon Baldwin’s nine-year-old stallion Cash Point.
For the full Bolesworth report don’t miss this week’s issue of H&H, out Thursday 25 June.