HICKSTEAD’S inaugural day All England Jumping Championship meeting, which started last Thursday, was an outstanding success. Show director Lizzie Bunn said: ““We are absolutely delighted with the way our new national show has gone and the feedback from the riders has been extremely positive. It was especially gratifying to see so many first timers get the chance to ride in the International Arena. I think I can safely say that the All England Jumping Championships will become a permanent fixture in the calendar.”
West Sussex rider Louise Pavitt was in top form on Brendon Stud’s horses at Hickstead’s new four-day All England Jumping Championsip meeting on Friday. She headed both the five and six-year-old championships. Louise and Brendon Stud’s five-year-old mare Sussex Caretino, were last to go in their section, A fast time earned them top spot.top spot.This was the fourth title this year in Five-Year-Old Championshiop for the duo, including a win at the Hickstead Derby meeting,
She then rode the stud’s Don VHP Z to win the 6 & 7 Year Old section, keeping sister Nicole in second place. Louise also share first place in the Four Year Old Championship with other riders because there were seven double clears, but no jump off for that age group,
Kent-based Monica Ballard had a day to remember, when she won two class finals in Saturday.
Monica Ballard headed both the 1.10m Amateur and the 1.00m Open Championships with the reliably fast Miss Cartiar, on their debut in Hickstead’s famous International Arena.
In the 1.40m Open, the Devil’s Dyke caused a few upsets and only eight combinations made it through to the jump-off. Quickest of these were Tim Davies and Valentinj O, who made the trip from Suffolk more than worthwhile by collecting the £500 first prize.
Local rider Leesa Long also enjoyed a successful few days at Hickstead. The former jockey, who is based near Brighton racecourse, won the All England 1.20m Amateur Championship riding Tammys Girl.
The final day saw Tim Davies and nine-year-old Valentinj O firmly in the limelight. They picked up their second win of the All England Jumping Championships, in the inaugural All England Grand Prix.
Four riders jumped double clear. Philip Spivey, got round in a time of 60.20sec, only to be bettered by Jay Halim and VIP II, who finished on 59.65sec. Henry Turrell stepped up next with a clear in 54.42sec on Brian Lear’s Urlanmore Aldi – but then Tim shaved almost a second off the time to claim the £2,000 first prize.
“This is all down to him,” said Tim, paying tribute to Barrett Watson’s bay gelding. “In the first round, I completely missed my timing over a fence and he got me out of trouble to clear it.
“He just wants to clear his fences, and the more you let him run, the better you go. He is an absolute gem.”Tim and Valentijn O are also riding high in the British Showjumping International Stairway series, and hope to qualify for October’s Horse of the Year Show.
Other multiple wins at the show came from Louise Pavitt who also won the All England 1.30m Championship riding Tiore, while Leesa Long had another win in the All England 1.10m Open Championship on Tiamo II. She had also scored on the opening day in The All England 1.20m Amateur Championship first qualifier. Leesa was a previous winner at the Longines Royal International Horse Show when she took the Hickstead Amateur Championship.
Three riders jumped double clear in the All England 1.20m Open Championship, and the fastest of these was Clare Louise Shepherd from Manchester, who was riding Ayrton IV.