McGoldrick Strikes Gold At JAS Finals...
Hartpury played host to more than 250 combinations in the 2017 Jumping & Style (JAS) Championships this weekend, across the six levels of competition.
Flora Insley produced a beautiful round on her own Doire Mhianaigh Rocky to take the BE90 Championship, whilst Jenna Good and Trewithian Hawkeweed took home the BE90 Open title, in addition to her 2nd place finish in the Jump Training BE100 Final. Jenna, aged only 14, finished five points clear of the field on a stunning score of 7.
It was clearly a good weekend for the young riders as Izzy Hall, aged 13, rode to victory in the BE100 Championship class scoring just 12 penalties.
However it was Natalie McGoldrick that really struck gold winning both the BE100 Open and the Novice Championship, with Trickie Jonnie.
"I bought him last September, as a present for myself!", added Natalie. "He is 10 this year, and had successfully completed a few Novices with his previous owner. He's got bags of scope, combined with a super attitude, so I am looking forward to seeing how he gets on this season. My aim is to try and move him quickly up to Intermediate."
The full time vet, who single handedly runs her own practice, South Coast Equine Vets in Hampshire, spent the night before the finals out on an emergency callout - hardly the preparation most would have wanted. Dedication shines through with Natalie who works in riding four horses between calls and lacks both concrete, electricity and an arena at her yard, making the double victory all the more impressive.
"I am very competitive, and my aim was to do well at the JAS Finals, but to win one class, let alone two, was a dream come true, and still hasn't sunk in. Then to also not finish outside the top ten with my other horse, in his two classes, made for a pretty amazing day!"
"As everyone who events is aware, it is rare to break even when you win under normal circumstances, so to win £1000 worth of training, is just incredible! I am planning to spend half of it brushing up my dressage with Jennie Loriston-Clarke, and the other half having some show jumping lessons."
"The JAS classes are a fantastic way to start the season, as they encourage accurate and forward, yet stylish riding. They sharpen both horse and rider up, as you simply aren't going to win if you fly around missing every stride!"
The Novice Open wrapped up the 2017 Championships with Laura Walkden and Cointreau WV taking the final prize of the day, impressing the judges with a score of 15.
Jump Training Kick Starts Championship Weekend
It was the British Eventing Jump Training that kick started the Championship weekend at Hartpury, 18th & 19th February.
Rebecca Brady made the long journey down from West Yorkshire to claim the JT80 Championship on the home produced 5 year old Hawallie VDL.
14 year old Kate Prendergast and Kilpatrick Cassius, of the same age, produced a score of 16.5 to take the JT90 Championship title home. “I got all double clears at BE last year, I find the winter training really useful and it’s great here to get help in the warm up and feedback between your rounds” added Kate.
The final JT100 Championship was won by Jane Bettles, riding Claudia Nacke’s Gold Rush IV. A style score of 12.5 kept them just 0.5 penalties ahead of the rest.