PE teacher triumphs at British Showjumping Scope Festival

  • The championship classes got underway on the second day of the seven-day Scope Festival at Stafford County Showground. And competition was hot as riders fought hard for victory.

    PE teacher Danielle Joliffe landed the equestrianclearance.com newcomers masters on Explosief Van De Heffinck.

    “He’s so consistent,” said Lancs-based Danielle, who has qualified this seven-year-old stallion for — “everything at Scope from the 1.05m to the 1.30m.”

    Sam Wall claimed the KBIS British novice title on Harvey Lee’s homebred What A Business son What A Boy with a flying stride to a midway oxer.

    “It was the only way to win,” said Sam, who credited What A Boy’s scope and ability.

    Darcie Cassel heeded trainer Alan Fazakerley’s advice to take the Netley Hall pony discovery championship on What’s It All About.

    “I stuck to my plan, went tight to the double and took a flyer at the last!” she said.

    Megan Taylor secured the Pink Equine stepping stones 138cm title with Ashwey El Britanika.

    There was an added incentive, Megan is supported by Pink Equine, who supply her tack.

    “I really wanted to win, and although my pony’s young, he did a great turn to the last” said Megan, 10, who has produced the six-year-old for 18 months.

    Katie Clarke, 8, made her Scope debut a winning one with the Pink Equine stepping stones 128cm on Show Me Heaven. They held off 18 jump-off rivals.

    “The course was challenging, but my pony is an angel, even though she’s an old lady at 22!” said Katie, who won by a clear sec.

    Scope Festival results: day two

    Pink Equine stepping stones 128cm ch.– 1, Show Me Heaven (K Clarke); 2, Pie In The Sky V (M Deakin); 3, Springcroft Calypso (A Stormonth). Pink Equine stepping stones 138cm ch.– 1, Ashwey El Britaniko (M Taylor); 2, My Little Ruby (W Edwards); 3, Just Harry II (A Ward). Netley Hall pony discovery ch.– 1, What’s It All About IV (D Cassel); 2, Bramblebrough Alan (D Watson); 3, Buddy Budweiser (L Fenn). KBIS British nov ch.– 1, What A Boy II (S Wall); 2, Evensong II (E Sargeant); 3, Bustino (N Berry). equestrianclearance.com newcomers ch.– 1, Explosief Van De Heffinck (D Joliffe); 2, Golvers Hill (N Coupe); 3, A Touch Imperious (H Nuttall).

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