First Scope Festival champions crowned at Stafford

  • Georgia Leader-White and Tullamore Girl became the first Scope Festival champions of 2010, the pair winning the Netley Hall Equestrian Holidays Pony Discovery championship in brilliant style.

    Eleven of the 30 starters contested the jump off, where Georgia stormed into the lead from third last draw.

    “She prefers to jump at speed, so the second round suited us better” said Georgia, who is in her final pony year.

    Emma Slater and Cosmic Savannah were the winners of the 30-starter KBIS Insurance senior British novice championship.

    Emma took an early lead with her first horse Rembrandt Blue (29.23), but after being overtaken by Emma Sargeant (Masters Pleasure) and Michael Fursedonn (Caretino Vantarsi), Emma steered tighter still with Mick Fortune’s Renkum Valentino sired Cosmic Savannah, who posted the fastest time of all.

    Scottish rider Mark Turnbull headed a hotly contested jump off in the Tri-Zone newcomers masters championship riding Ursula XII.

    At 16, Mark was probably the youngest rider in the class, but he sliced over 1sec off Laura Renwick’s leading time with Bellagio II.

    “I just set out to jump a double clear, but she’s a very bold mare who really takes fences on” said Mark.

    In addition to decent prize money, this class also offered the final tickets to the Tri-Zone newcomers final, and claiming their place on the HOYS startlist was Laura Renwick (Bellagio II), Angela Thompson (Zomeroos), Anthony Condon (Molly Malone) and Brian Thompson (Millfield Lord Luis).

    Championship results 30 August

    §Netley Hall Equestrian holidays pony Discovery. §– 1, Tullamore Girl (G Leader-White); 2, King Mac (C Duggan); 3, Blaensawdde Rosie (C Crees). §KBIS Insurance National senior British novice. §– 1, Cosmic Savannah (E Slater); 2, Masters Pleasure (E Sargeant); 3, Caretino Vantarsi (M Fursedonn). §Tri-Zone senior newcomers masters. §– 1, Ursula XII (M Turnbull); 2, Bellagio II (L Renwick); 3, Zenith IV (M Saywell).

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