SHOWJUMPING KEYSOE SMALL PONY PREMIER 3-4 February A birthday boy’s perfect present ‘We keep asking and he keeps giving’: Ollie Fry and Colliyers Pal Joey cruise to victory in the winter 128cm A sole treble clear clinches a win for Ollie Fry, while an eight-year-old champ gets into the groove to triumph and three battle it out in a finale finish Keysoe Small Pony Premier, Beds RIDERS aged 14 and under arrived in huge numbers at this popular venue, where they were chasing 10 tickets to the Royal International Horse Show (RIHS) at the third qualifying show of the winter series. Saturday’s 128cm second round set the scene for the rest of the show. David Cole’s course needed concentration, but three pairs jumped against the clock in round three. Ollie Fry then gave himself a late 12th birthday present with the sole treble clear on Colliyers Pal Joey. The 11-year-old gelding and Wiltshire-based Ollie had a great 2017, culminating in third place at Olympia. “We keep asking and he keeps giving,” said Ollie’s father Jamie, himself a former toplevel showjumper. Dad may have been delighted by qualification, but the best thing as far as Ollie was concerned was By PENNY RICHARDSON the coveted winner’s rug, given by the show organisers for all four second rounds. “I’ve never won one before and it’s brilliant,” he said. One of the show’s most extraordinary results came from Connie Mensley. This eight-yearold from Leicestershire is the reigning national 10-and-under style and performance champion and represented the Quorn branch of the Pony Club in the mini major at Olympia, but she had never attempted anything like this before. Connie never missed a beat on Madonna, with a couple of time-faults in round three, leaving them in second place. The 15-year-old Madonna, who won at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) for Amy Morris last year, joined Connie, who is helped by Tanya Kyle, in January. “I talked my mum into letting me have a go in the class last night,” said Connie. We suspect that Mum is glad she agreed! The already qualified Izabella Rogers (Whinney Lass) finished third, so the final RIHS place went to Ellie Burrell-Squibb, the fastest four-faulter from round two on Telynau Royal Damask. Ellie, 11, has grown so fast that her 128cm ponies are now for sale, but she will ride at Hickstead if she still has “Damask”. Tabitha Kyle just missed qualification on Borderhill William, but the 10-year-old bounced back in the best possible way to win the winter 138cm second round on her Liverpool International champion Lissduff Royal. Twelve of a classy field reached round two, with seven going against the clock. Tabitha then set the standard on the 15-yearold gelding who came to her in December 2016. They were deceptively quick, as was proved when Claudia Moore set sail on the already qualified Tullineaskey Fear Deas and had to settle for second place. Tabitha, who just missed qualification in Scotland, had to work hard to keep her pony’s concentration. “He doesn’t like it here, although we are regulars. He’s a bit of a monkey and he either wins or decides it’s not for him,” said Tabitha’s father, Mark. The second ticket went to Devon, courtesy of Jake Myers and the amazing 25-year-old The Agent, a pony looking fitter than many half his age. “He’s our pony of a lifetime and has taken us to places we’d only dreamt of,” said Jake’s mum Joanna. “We thought of retiring him, but he loves his job so much. He just hacks between shows and never gets jumped at home.” Iwan Carpenter already had one RIHS place booked and added another ticket in fourth place on Follow Jazzy Lady. THE KYLES CLEAR UP SUNDAY’S qualifiers turned into a “Kylefest” after Tabitha won the winter 128cm second round and took another 138cm ticket. The pressure was off when only Tabitha and Olivia Sponer (Trefriw Eros) reached round two of the 128cm class to take the two In tune: Connie Mensley and Madonna soar in the winter 128cm Pictures by hoofprintsphotography.co.uk 60 Horse & Hound 8 February 2018
tickets on offer, although Henry Squibb was desperately unlucky when he and Pussy Cat Doll were clear, finishing a heartbreaking 0.17 of a second over the time allowed. Another clear from Coreys Princess was good enough to land Tabitha the win after Olivia and her chestnut rolled a pole. The Kyles bought Coreys Princess in Ireland as a green four-year-old. “She got fatter and we then realised that she was in-foal. We now have her three-yearold son at home,” said Tabitha’s mother Tanya. Eleven-year-old Olivia Sponer lives in London — “next door to Olympia” — and commutes to Windsor to ride her ponies. Olivia, who has joint British, American and German nationality, has produced Trefriw Eros from bronze league classes to top level. “She just missed out on HOYS twice last year, so we’re hoping to be in it to win it this season,” said her mother Jennifer. The 138cm equivalent was another great competition, although Rachel Proudley could probably have done without some of the excitement. In the Tabitha Kyle (Lissduff Royal) tops the winter 138cm second round nine-pony jump-off, she and Buttons Two parted company and the pony enjoyed herself throughout an impromptu looseschooling session that included some of the jump-off fences! The finish was fought out by already qualified combinations. Jake Myers and The Agent set the ball rolling with a terrific clear and when Claudia Moore just missed the time on Sonas Barney, it looked as though they had done enough. But back came Claudia with one of the rounds of the show on Tullineaskey Fear Deas to win by more than half a second. Claudia added her results here to first and second places at South View and a runner-up spot in Scotland. “I messed up there because I was four seconds late starting my jump-off round,” she confided. The top RIHS ticket went to Tabitha Kyle, whose round on Playboy Van De Zoetewei was good enough for fourth. “He’s only seven, so I went for a clear and hoped I’d done enough,” she said. Fifth-placed Luli Loveridge and Arrow Head Quiver just missed out the previous day and RESULTS 3 Feb: sml pony 90cm.— 1, Foyfins Close Call (M Digby); 2, Red Sail Lady (M Spittle); 3, Glenairlie Miss Moneypenny (K Bromley). 11 & under.— 1, 17 tied. Graham Heath 128/138cm.— 1, Tullineaskey Fear Deas (C Moore); 2, Gorm And Ban (T Squibb); 3, Shappen Pilgrim (R Proudley). winter 128cm 2nd round.— 1, Colliyers Pal Joey (O Fry); 2, Madonna (C Mensley); 3, Whinney Lass (I Rogers). winter 138cm 2nd round.— 1, Lissduff Royal (T Kyle); 2, Tullineaskey Fear Deas; 3, The Agent (J Myers). 128/138cm special.—1, Penchwintan Glynle (N Von Bulow); 2, Ferrybank Roy (O Banks); 3, Ballywillan Hotshot (Z Webber). 4 Feb: Graham Heath 128/138cm.— 1, Lissduff Royal; 2, Sweet Delight (O Hobby); 3, Buttons Two (R Proudley). winter 128cm 2nd round.— 1, Coreys Princess (T Kyle); 2, Trefriw Eros (O Sponer); 3, Pussy Cat Doll (H Squibb). winter 138cm 2nd round.— 1, Tullineaskey Fear Das; 2, The Agent; 3, Sonas Barney (C Moore). 11 & under/10 & under style & performance.— 1, 17 tied. 128/138cm special.— 1, Gelvin Castle Grey (F Marriott); 2, Fairrose Fantasy (I Doyle); 3, Sweet Delight. put things right this time to take a precious ticket home to Bridport in Dorset. “This is my lucky place,” said Luli, 13. “I’ve been to Hickstead for the 128cm final and I qualified here as well.” H&H (QWHU &RPSHWH 5HSHDW ZZZHTXRHYHQWVFRXN
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