Guy Williams proved unbeatable in the first BSJA Winter A and B Grand Prix of the year at South View’s senior premier show. He picked up first and second places with Skip Two Ramiro and Onyx V respectively, and was sixth with Quito Du Lui Z.
Tim Stockdale made a successful return to the saddle following a groin operation just days before to finish third with Fresh Direct Animation. Andrew Davies and Billy Twomey were fourth and fifth.
Vardiljo Van Den Bosrand and Anuschka Gold clinched the Royal International tickets in the Winter Grades B and C qualifier for Mary-Jo Crawford and Douglas Duffin.
Philipa Dobby cruised into the lead in the BEF World Class Start & Potential young riders qualifier on Utah VII, but was quickly relegated by the in-form partnership of Jemma Kirk and Roy Edwards’s Perth. Third place went to Olympia champion Scott Brash on Senette.
The winter grade C jump-off was headed by Laura Newman on Northos, ahead of Emily Davies and Granita. Paul Barker took the top three places in the opening 1.30m class with Sonybanta, Temple Guess What and Temple Croesus.
Every Blue Chip qualifier was hotly contested. Andrew Davies won the performance class on Highfield Stud’s Seven Up, while Geoff Luckett on Tino Passetti’s Sinault took the Blue Chip Dynamic B and C.
Read this report in full with pictures, plus reports from Norton Heath Small Pony Premier, The Hand EC, Leipzig World Cup, Bold Heath, Gracelands and Rodbaston College in this Thursday’s Horse & Hound (1 February, ’07)