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CHAPS Summer Championship ‘Covid Show’: Mares are crowned queens *H&H Plus*

Stablemates land both supreme accolades, show ring debutantes strut their stuff and an NHS worker also has his glory

CHAPS Summer Championship “Covid Show”, Arena UK, Lincs, 5–6 September

Team Elenor/Parrott brought just two animals but dominated both the in-hand and ridden supremes ahead of high-class competition. It was the very first time off the yard for day one’s in-hand conqueror, the three-year-old non-native champion Myspires Spirit Of Summer, led by Craig Elenor, but she behaved impeccably.

Then, in a hard-fought finale on day two, the native horse champion Starlight (Queenie), ridden by Sara Parrott, produced a sparkling performance to give her delighted owner/rider a first time in the supreme spotlight.

Summer, by Sempers Spirit, is owned by Jemma and Sophie Atkinson, and joined Team Elenor in April. “We’d been looking for a horse for Sophie to ride next season, but couldn’t find one,” said Sara. “Then we saw a video on Facebook of Summer, I sent it to Jemma and she bought her over the phone from the breeder, Liane Verity. Craig and I have broken her in over the summer; she’s riding away beautifully. She will do a novice season next year, before hopefully doing opens and ultimately being a broodmare.