Tim Stockdale is star performer

  • Tim Stockdale outpaced a line-up of the country’s best show jumpers to win the Martin Collins Grade A jumping at the Royal Windsor Horse Show this afternoon. Bob Ellis’s course produced plenty of first round clears, ensuring an exciting and highly competitive jump off. But Tim Stockdale and the 9-year-old Fresh Direct Corlato took all the risks to finish in an unbeatable 37.51 sec. Second place went to Peter Charles with John Whitaker in third and John’s son Robert in fourth position.

    “I thought Robert was very quick and I decided to keep nice and tight,” Stockdale told HHO afterwards, “But I couldn’t believe it when I was three seconds faster!”

    Stockdale attributed his unbeatable time to Corlato’s “massive stride”. Despite being nine-years old, the mare is relatively inexperienced but Stockdale has no doubts about her potential. “Now you can go forward with her but she stays in her frame,” he said, “She’s got a huge amount of scope.” The win earned Stockdale a respectable £1,300.

    But Britain’s young talent proved they mean business in the show jumping arena. Robert Whitaker and Lacroix’s determined round landed them in fourth place, closely followed by Charlotte Platt in fifth and Ryan Prater in sixth.

    Earlier this afternoon Chloe Bunn, daughter of Hickstead owner Douglas Bunn, won the Jaguar Speed Competition aboard Rebel’s Pride. Bunn recently qualified as a lawyer but for the timebeing has devoted her life to show jumping. Caroline Corke and Pass Patout took second place in the Speed Class with Georgie Strutton in third.

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