Pony riders enjoy the Blue Chip championship spotlight

  • Pony riders were out in force at the final day of the Blue Chip winter showjumping championships at Hartpury.

    Beth Vernon, who broke records on Friday with her third consecutive win in the Blue Chip Pro JC/JA on Cinderella Girl, was again in winning form.

    On this occasion, she landed the TAG66 sapphire championship with the promising Zirina IV.

    Tight, angled turns on this talented mare earned the title from the front of the 11-pony jump-off by one and half sec.

    “The HOYS newcomers final is my big aim for this year” said Beth.

    The last round of the last class claimed the TAG66 coral championship.

    Jordan Lye and Millie May prevented Saturday’s newly-crowned pony discovery champion Joshua Hutchins from taking a second title with Charlie XIII.

    “I felt the pressure” said Jordan, 15, “but Millie is just amazing, and we took out a stride to the last fence.”


    TAG66 pony sapphire ch. – 1, Zirina IV (B Vernon); 2, Gristhill Shining Ruby (O Martin); 3, Robe Duster (T Jones). TAG66 pony coral ch. – 1, Millie May (J Lye); 2, Charlie XIII (J Hutchins); 3, Carramore Sheeba (L Lupton). TAG66 JC/JD 95cm. – 1, Out Of Time (H Norton); 2, Leo (C Burrough); 3, Mr Incredible (A Stanley). TAG66 pony 1.05m. – 1, Manninard Seabird (F Pickard); 2, Rosewall Hi Flyer (K Setford); 3, Thyme Flies (A Snook). PRB Horseboxes pony nov winter challenge. – 1, Cafferty’s Delight (G Gatward); 2, George IX (S Wilson); 3, Martha Trotter (C Lincoln). PRB Horseboxes pony discovery winter challenge. – 1, Caramel Twist (T Evans); 2, Ellenn (L Lupton); 3, Airlandis (R Ingram). PRB Horseboxes pony speed winter challenge. – 1, Jessica Rabbit (C Skelton); 2, Shafts Montego Bay (O Sanford-Wood); 3, Doolally Tap (R Skyrme).

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