Horsham showjumper Alice is riding high

Horsham Showjumper Alice Palmer, 20, takes both qualifying spots in the EquestrianClearance.com Senior Newcomers Second Rounds
Horsham Showjumper Alice Palmer, 20, takes both qualifying spots in the EquestrianClearance.com Senior Newcomers Second Rounds
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Horsham showjumper Alice Palmer booked her place at the 2014 Horse of the Year show with a dominant performance in the EquestrianClearance.com Senior Newcomers Second Rounds.

The 20-year-old jumped her way to taking both qualifying spots on two different horses at the Wales and West Show near Newport, Monmouthshire on Saturday May 10.

Her quite brilliant performance saw her book both slots in the Championship final at the horse riding showpiece event, held in October at the Birmingham NEC.

The second round attracted a total of 82 eligible starting combinations.

All of the starters were beginning their 2014 Championship Final qualifying campaign as up for grabs at this second round were two direct qualifying tickets for the EquestrianClearance.com Senior Newcomers Championship Final at the Horse of the Year Show (HOTY).

All of the combinations were aiming to take one of these tickets home.

Alice took the win on her mother Gillian’s seven year-old grey gelding Optimo after the combination jumped a treble clear in a quick time of 42.40 seconds.

She then went on to secure second place on Dy-Korette, a six year-old bay mare also owned by her mother Gillian. Alice produced yet another treble clear, this time in 45.13 seconds.

Speaking after her win, Alice said: “It was such a surprise to me to win, as well as take second place.

“I am extremely pleased with both performances as I have brought both of these horses on from the very beginning. It will be interesting to see what the future brings for them.”

The combinations in third to fifth missed out on their Horse of the Year Show qualification this time around.

However, they did take home the chance to compete at The Alexanders Horseboxes British Showjumping Scope Festival.

The HOTY Show 2014 will take place from the October 8 and 12 2014 at the Birmingham NEC.