To start a few comments from the finals
Just got home from the 2012 National Finals and just want to say thank you to everyone for a brilliant day.My daughter and her horse were lucky enough to win the Joshua Trophy. Thanks for giving ordinary riders the chance to win a National Competition. J.T.
I would like to thank you for holding such an exciting and friendly show this year, I did not have the best results but it made my experience enjoyable. F.J.
Just a note to say congratulations on such a successful final- the first time Pip and I have made it there and will definitely book the weekewnd for next year. J.H.
I just wanted to send a quick e.mai to say thank you for the special prize for an ex-racehorse and giving them the recognition they deserve,I also wanted to say I had a very enjoyable day and wondered if you may hold a clear round next year. L.H.
2012 National Finals Report 11th August
The National Finals were held once again at Arena UK on a beatiful dry and sunny day. The senior entries were slightly higher than last year but some of the junior classes were disappointing, this was possibly due to being the last day of the London Olympics.
The first two show jumping classes were won by Sabine Crowe on Emma they had come down from Thornton Lodge, second in these classes was Serena Leighton on Jake she was also from Thornton Lodge. Third place in the first class was Springdale Goldfinch ridden by Isobel Bourke followed by Sammy Morgan on Dusty from the Seagold Centurian Equestrian Centre in Durham. Third place in class two was Roby ridden by Georgie Courage, who also won the 90cm junior class followed by Jade Hutchinson-Archer on Irish Double Cream, with Becky Clarke from Arena UK taking the third place. Jade improved her position in the intermediate class and took the championship followed by Cinderella with Dana Penfold.
The senior show jumpers were well represented with the first place in the 70cm class being taken by Alix Clifford on Patpass Opportunist from Newton Hall in Suffolk followed very closely by Rebecca Holmes on Queen of Hearts who qualified at Glebe Farm, Wellingborough. Rosie Fackerell with her new horse Jake qualified at Elms Farm in Lincolnshire and took the third prize.
The 80cm class was again won by Patpass Opportunist and Alix Clifford they competed with us last year, second was Isabel Humphreys and Sapphire from the Seagold Centre and third was Lily May ridden by Emma Oakden. Emma comes from Syston near Leicester and Lily May is kept at Quenniborough.
The Senior Intermediate 90cm class was won by Charlotte Leighton riding Crunchie from Thornton Lodge followed by Rosie Fackerell on her second horse Tommy and third place was taken by Lily May.
The final show jumping class of the day was won by Vicki Sellers on Marbles followed by Emily Humphreys on Nutty from Somerby Equestrian Centre it was Emily's first time at UK Riders Finals.
Third place in this class was Charlotte Bark on Anexolla Checkmate, Charlotte was riding on a wild card as she had not been able to find a Regional Qualifier near to her at Great Missenden.
The first Dressage class of the day the Junior Intro A was won by a stunning performance by Lily Payne on her own Glanhach Galaxty of Gabardine with 71.35% - a possible contender for the 2024 Olympics !! 2nd was Wait with Choice with Katie Wrennell the scores only split by their collective marks and third place being taken by Olivia Wrennell on Magic Marbles. This was followed by the Preliminary 12 Junior Championship which was won by Thomas Robertson on Duncan with 70.40% followed by Millie Swaby-Pritchard on Marchwood Mystery with 68.40%. There were two equal third places Sophie Smith on Honeyhill Spirit and India Ward with Skelhorn Principal Boy with a very respectable 68%.
The Novice 24 Junior Championship which was won by Johannah Worley on Fronethig Delwyn Aur with 66.54%, second was India Ward on Skelhorn Principal Boy with 62.31% and third place was taken by Millie Swaby-Pritchard on Marchwood Mystery. There were no junior entries for the Elementary Class.
The seniors commenced with Intro B with first place being taken by Kirsty Laird on her own Splas with 82.17% followed by Leanne Jackson on J-Lo with 76.96%. J-Lo was rescued from a field 5 years ago, frightened of people and very overweight. Third in this class was Benji ridden by Samantha Wells with a score of 70.87%. Benji is said to be a cheeky chappie and a very lively hack.
Preliminary 14 had so many entries that we decided to split it into two sections, Section A was won by Joe Davey on Oscar Award with 72.08%, Oscr is 21 years old and has been doing dressage for the last 4 years, second was Angie Hunter on Idean Brenin with 69.17% and third was Cheryl Turner riding Appledore Conqueror with 68.75%. Section B was taken by Laura Johnson on Energie with 68.33% he is an 8 year old Belgian Warm Blood and has been owned by Laura for 3 years. 2nd was Noria De La Dive and Lauren Noble with 66.25%, Lauren was 3rd last year at our finals. There were three equal thirds in this class with 65.83% Mel Dale, My Copper Charm, Laura Hilton, Scots G;uards and Helen Griffiths riding Galway Fox.
The Novice 34 Senior Championship was judged by Mr Steven Hambidge and saw first place being taken by Michelle Henson on Broadstone Darwin with over 72%, second was Laura-Jane Adcock on Midnight Eclipse with 69.58% and third place taken by Maria Hinkley obn Oakpost Prince with 68.75%.
The Elementary 49 Senior Championship was won by Michelle Henson - our first double champion, her horse is a Hanovarian x Tb gelding by Demonstrator, and has been owned by Michelle since he was a yearling. Second was Alison Turner on Jaffa IV and third place was taken by Laura-Jane Adcock and Midnight Eclipse.
For the first time this year we had a competition for the ex-racehorse that scored the highest percentage in its test, this was very kindly sponsored by Richard and Patricia Sharp who presented a trophy and i pod to the winner Scots Guard and Laura Hilton who scored 65.83%, second was Debbie Brown and Have a Chat and 3rd Louise Lamping on Raven Rascall 64.17%.