Nicole out on her own with a one-two at Welsh Home Pony

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Nicole Lockhead Anderson, from Banchory, dominated the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round at the Welsh Home Pony recently.

Competing at the David Broome Event Centre in Monmouthshire, she took the top two places.

A mammoth field of 90 competitors contested the first round over course designer Raf Suarez’s testing and technical track, with 21 progressing to the second round and just eight reaching the jump-off.

And it was Nicole’s day. She took charge on Christine Graham’s Portuguese-bred nine-year-old gelding Epee Nazar to fill the top spot.

“It was long to the last fence in the jump-off but I knew I could trust him to jump it as he’s so careful,” said Nicole, 16.

Underscoring her superiority in the jump-off, Nicole eased Sofia Coope’s Nightgirl Van Het Sonnishof Z, a six-year-old Belgian-bred mare she has ridden since February, into second place, with 3.09 seconds separating the two.

Nicole is in the Great Britain squad under the banner of Team LeMieux in the Pony European Championships at Bishop Burton College in Yorkshire this week.

She will be riding Gangnam Style II, a nine-year-old bay gelding owned by her mother Claire Lockhead.

The Pony Team medals will be decided on Friday and the riders will then jump for individual medals on Sunday.

Results - Welsh Home Pony, Sunday July 29 - Blue Chip Pony Newcomers second round - 1, Nicole Lockhead Anderson & Epee Nazar - 0/0/0 - 48.76 seconds; 2, Nicole Lockhead Anderson & Nightgirl Van Het Sonnishof Z - 0/0/0 - 51.85; 3, Toby Fry & Zucan V - 0/0/0 - 58.93; 4, Jessica Howard & Tinkas Gentleman Jim - 0/0/4 - 43.84; 5, Molly Potts Fowles & Ginger T - 0/0/4 - 51.86.