Oliver Fletcher from a talented international show jumping family was the first winner of the day in the British Showjumping Pony Silver League 148cm & Under Final, which is a Pony/Rider Combination League allowing riders to follow their progress on a regional and national league table. Oliver jumped a great round aboard The Bobster, owned by his dad Graham Fletcher.
Taking the top prize in the British Showjumping Pony Silver League 138cm & Under Final was Sophia Lugo riding Cheeky Chap who had worked hard for this title. “I’ve been jumping him [Cheeky Chap] for nearly five years, but he’s been in the family for eight years; my sister rode him before me. I’m so glad that we won, it has just made everything worth it,” says Sophia.
In the British Showjumping Pony Silver League 128cm & Under Final, there were 15 combinations tackling the 1m course designed by lead course builder Mark McGowan. “With this class in particular I made sure it was a nice flowing course which took into account the undulations of the ground. We used some of the Olympic fences to add character to the course and to make it different from what the riders may have jumped in their qualifier,” says Mark.
With each combination in the 128cm section picking up faults it was down to the jump off for the riders, who had finished on four faults to battle for first place. The winner was Aimee Jones riding Arrogan Emily TR. “It was really fun, some of the fences were quite big, definitely up to height, but she jumped really well,” says Aimee.