The Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round drew 102 pony riders from all over the country to compete at the SouthView Equestrian Centre Pony Premier in Winsford, Cheshire and it was Nicole Lockhead Anderson who secured first place.
With two Horse of the Year Show tickets on offer for this October’s Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Championship Final, it proved to be an action-packed first two rounds of jumping before leaving just 18 talented combinations to do battle against the clock in the final jump off.
Fifteen years-old Nicole from Banchory jumped straight into first place on board Gangnam Style II, an eight years-old bay gelding owned by Claire Lockhead.
From a late draw, this pair produced a lightning fast clear round over the technical course to secure a treble clear in 36.11 seconds.
Second place was scooped up by Anoushka Mauree, aged 13, from Newbury, Berkshire riding Arlina Mauree’s nine years-old grey gelding, Miami Moonbeam.
This partnership gave a strong challenge as they crossed the finish line with all the fences still standing in 36.74 seconds.
The riders and ponies that finished in third to fifth took home the chance to compete in the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Masters at the British Showjumping National Championships.
Results: 1st Nicole Lockhead Anderson & Gangnam Style II – 0/0/0 – 36.11 seconds, 2nd Anoushka Mauree & Miami Moonbeam – 0/0/0 – 36.74 seconds, 3rd Antonia Platt & Bonnies Lass – 0/0/0 – 40.58 seconds, 4th Nicole Lockhead Anderson & Little Red Cloud – 0/0/0 – 40.81 seconds, 5th Chloe Templeton & Still Got Me – 0/0/0 – 41.40 seconds.
The Horse of the Year Show 2017 will take place from October 4 to 8 at Birmingham’s NEC.