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Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by Sasha Melia

Emily Irvine put in a fantastic jump off round on board Craig Scott’s
gorgeous liver chestnut pony, Bunbury Conquest, to beat 25 riders to the
Stepping Stones 128cm Championship title. There were 26 clears out of 71
starters in the penultimate class of the day at the British Showjumping
National Championships 2018.

At just nine years old, Emily showed experience beyond her years as she
navigated her pony around the course with calculated turns and distances
to each fence. Having started her equestrian career in showing aged just
three years old, Emily is no stranger to being in the spotlight and
learnt the basics of good riding early. Based in Malmesbury in
Wiltshire, her whole family travelled to the Championships with her to
show their support. When asked by her dad what she enjoyed about the
Championship, she simply replied: “Everything!” She continued: “We
wanted to focus on riding a quality, flowing jump off with good turns;
Questy is very scopey and his stride eats the ground up so we knew we
had a good chance.”

“It’s incredible, we’re all just overwhelmed by it all,” laughed Emily’s
mum, Alison Irvine. “We’re very indebted to the Scott Family who called
us and asked if we wanted to ride Bunbury Conquest (known as Questy). Of
course we immediately said yes and he arrived at ours in October last
year. We’ve been taking it steady in order to get to know him better but
he has been absolutely incredible and we are very privileged to have
such a wonderful pony.” Emily has won five Stepping Stones 128cm classes
this season proving that the sky is the limit for this exciting new

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Photo credit:  1st Class Images

Class 58 Emily Irvine and Bunbury Conquest Stepping Stones 128cmChampionship Final (2)


Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by Sasha Melia

The individual winner in the British Showjumping 70cm Just For Schools
Final was 13 year old Ronie Thomas riding Didi II. The Gloucestershire
based rider won the class in a time of 28.45 seconds with the 10 year old
mare who he Ronie been riding for just over a year. Ronie was the 70cm
final winner in 2017 on Bobby who her little brother is now riding. “The
goal for next year is to start affiliating Didi”

The new incentive which was brought in last year has proved increasingly
popular, organised by British Showjumping in conjunction with The Pony
Club and British Riding Clubs. It allows schools and colleges across the
UK to submit teams of three or four riders and individuals within a
specific height category: 70cm-1.10m. Each of these height categories
are underpinned by a league table to determine who makes it through to
the Championships as well as there being two direct qualifiers. For more
information on Just For Schools, visit

For further information on the British Showjumping National
Championships 2018 please visit

Ronie Thomas and Didi II winners of the Just for Schools Final 70cm

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