Paul Barker (pictured) netted the top prize of the day, the £1,000 winners purse on offer in the High Offley Stud National 1.30M Open championship when Temple Guess What headed a hotly contested jump off in 28.76.
Twisting and turning all the way, Paul produced a typically determined round, the Yorkshire rider beating off the challenge of two other speed specialists, Guy Williams and Lee Williams riding Merva Des Hayettes (28.85) and Linaro 18 (30.42).
Ben Talbot and ISP Bahrain Silver produced one of only two triple clear rounds to win the Sports Horse Classic Blue Riband Championship. Bought in Ireland from his breeder Steven Smith early this year, the Bahrain Cruise sired six-year-old has gone well in age classes this season.
“He was a little bit green when he came over, but he’s improving all the time. This was a hot jump off, and the only way we could make any time up was by taking a stride out on the distance from the oxer to the double,” added Ben. Also producing a brilliant third clear to take second place was Helen Tredwell riding Naomi V.
Sisters Millie and Pippa Allen celebrated a championship double in Bingley Hall on day five. While Millie successfully defended her title in the Regan Willett National 128cm Championship riding her 2006 champion Flinor Songbird, older sister Pippa headed the Sportaction TV Junior Adventurer Championship with a comparatively new ride, Sarah Mendoza’s Razorlite.
Other championship winners were:
- Tony Lithgow Progressive Novice – For Ever Star Turn ridden by Amy Schaverien
- Jane Pownall National 138cm – More Than Milton ridden by Olivia Wells
- Smith of Whiteinch National Under 16 – Oakwood Georgia ridden by Stephanie Platts
- Cats & Pipes Pairs Challenge – Keith Shore and Julian Mincher riding Nintendo and Amore
Read Horse & Hound’s full report from Scope in 6 September magazine