Philip Spivey and Tracey Forrest’s Romanov II became the final winners of the BSJA/Scope Festival at Stafford. Drawn second in the third and final round, Philip steered across the angles and turned sharply back to what was the second part of the double, and also the final upright, to clinch the BSJA Easibed Elite National title.
“He (Romanov) has so much scope. I just spun him back, and he picked up off every turn,” said Philip. Pathfinders Laura Renwick (Limelight De Breve) and William Funnell (Billy Congo) also jumped clear in the final round to finish second and third.
By winning the Dunglenn 148cm championship, Pippa Allen bowed out of her final junior class at the Festival in brilliant style. Riding Duncan Inglis’s Maradonna, Pippa produced an amazing jump off round to relegate the pathfinders Jessica Mendoza and Tixylix. The twisty jump off course called for extreme accuracy, and Pippa felt the pressure to the final double. “I dreaded making a mistake at the last fence, but Duncan told me to sit quiet and let him jump out,” said Pippa.
Nick Skelton headed the National six-year-old competition riding Beverley Widdowson’s Big Star. The Quickstar stallion was impressive throughout his three rounds. “He’s got the lot, temperament, length of stride, and unbelievable scope,” said Nick.
The National grade B championship was won by Hayley McCaie riding Mister Tom, and heading the Grade C championship was Charlotte Foreman riding Alimo.
Biggest jump off of the day was for the Shaw Farm Stud tiny tots championship, where 30 contested the final round. Jessica Hewitt clinched the top two places riding Green Gem Coco and Duncrynes Jungle Bunny.
Chloe Fearn opened the final day championships with a super win in the pony British Novice final with Mister Seamus. The 15-year-old Coventry rider set the standard from second draw, and the remaining finalists couldn’t catch her. “We had to go for it,” said Chloe.
Waterboy.uk.com National pony British novice. – 1, Mister Seamus (C Fearn); 2, Carnalecka Spirit (R Gunn); 3, Brooklands Dun Dreamer (A Brown). Sandicroft Stud Adventurer. – 1, Sat On A Star (S Pountain); 2, Zippy (L Wade); 3, Zandor H (C Birch). Sheds & Stables Direct National Grade C. – 1, Alimo (C Foreman); 2, Warrior (L Pavitt); 3 Urma II (H Tredwell). ditto grade B. – 1, Mister Tom (H MaCaie); 2, Valentino VII (S Hutton); 3, Vardiljo Van Den Bosrand (M J Crawford). Shaw Farm Stud National tiny tots.— 1 & 2, Green Gem Coco & Duncrynes Jungle Bunny (J Hewitt); 3, Tick Tock (O Poole). Handarena.com Dunglen 148cm. – 1, Maradonna (P Allen); 2, Tixylix (J Mendoza); 3, Cappagh Cindy (S Gunn). BSJA Partnership National 6–year-old. – 1, Big Star (N Skelton); 2, Puck II (D Lampard); 3, Lennon VZ (D Ryder). BSJA show jumping style & performance. – 1, Attilus (J Gornall); 2, Ramirha’s Lady (C Tee); 3, Just Call Me Max (N Sheard). BSJA Easibed Elite National championship. – 1 Romanov II (P Spivey); 2, Limelight De Breve (L Renwick); 3, Billy Congo (W Funnell).