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Posted on Friday, August 21, 2020 by Sasha Melia




After two days of Young Horse qualifying rounds, we see 50 coming forward into the Northcote Stud 5YO Championship and 66 progressing into the Ashdale Sports Horses 4YO Championship, both to be held on Saturday. Wednesday saw Laura Mantel achieve a 1-2 in the first Windmill Farm Estate 6YO Qualifier on Maleficent and Aurora, a pair of Typhoon S sired mares owned by John and Laura Renwick.

Third place was won by Ellen Whitaker aboard J Superstar. Laura’s winning streak continued into Thursday evening, this time heading a 120-strong 5YO Second Round qualifier, sponsored by Northcote Stud. Both second and fourth place went to Joseph Trunkfield on Harry Whall owned horses, while Chloe Reynolds concluded the top three. Chantelle Duggan headed the first of the Al Shira’aa 7yr old Qualifiers with Margaret Duggan’s Linton De La Chapelle. Laura Mantel was just behind for another top two placing, this time aboard MHS Alabama, also owned by John Renwick, and was closely followed by William Funnell in third on Billy Marmite.



Joss Williams is another competitor to have enjoyed a very successful start to the show, with a 1st and 4th in the First Round of the Voltaire Design 1.10m Open. Building on a great day one, he started day two with conviction, heading the Equerry Horse Feed 1.00m Open First Round by the slimmest of margins on 6YO mare, Kade Hof Ten Zoetendaele Z, just 0.03 seconds ahead of Nicola Withey, with Emily Morris nipping at heels too. Michaela Wood headed the second round of the Voltaire Design sponsored 1.10m Open, aboard Martin Wood’s Billy Congo sired gelding, 2.2 seconds clear of the competition; Holly Johnstone in second, and another top three finish for Joss Williams. James Smith pulled off a convincing win on Tracey Brown’s KWPN gelding, Elmo Brown, in the Al Shira’aa Grand Prix Series Qualifier on Thursday morning, ahead of Adrian Whiteway & Max Routledge. A huge First Round of the AW Jenkinson Forest Products 1.20m Open saw 131 competitors jump, with an eventual win for Jake Myers on Zoe Legg’s Gerlina Van De Linthorst. Katie Shaw & Alex Bishop closely followed to fill the remaining top spots with Fools Business and Furore S. Thursday’s Second Round was taken by Adam Botham and Dewpoint Diamond, with the consistent partnership of Alex Bishop and Furore S taking second place, building on their third place in Wednesday’s First Round. Harry Bateman and Naughty Boy Z completed the top three. The Equitop Myoplast 1.30 Open brought the second day of competition to a close with a win for Angel Tough aboard Emerson Tough’s KWPN gelding, Callumbus, 1.65 seconds clear of their nearest competition. Jonathan Dixon and Fireball earnt themselves second place, with Angie Thompson and Madison Jamison nail-bitingly close behind and settling for equal honours in third place.

SEIB Insurance Brokers Racehorse to Riding Horse championship

Posted on Friday, August 21, 2020 by Sasha Melia

Mumford takes the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship at UK National Championships

Sophie Brown and Amroth Bay C Equinational

Jenny and Geoff Harker’s elegant bay gelding, Mumford gave his rider Bobby McGoldrick a day to remember at the UK National Championships at Arena UK on the 16th August. Mumford won the open section in the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse class and then went on to take the Championship. The reserve champion SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse title went to Hannah Chisman and her own First Fandango. Sophie Brown and her ex national hunt horse, Amroth Bay won the Amateur SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse class. The SEIB classes at the UK National Championships were kindly sponsored by Robert Walker.

Chiropractor Bobby McGoldrick deputised for Mumford’s regular rider, her sister, Collette McGoldrick when winning the open SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse class and going on to take the championship. A delighted Bobby said: “This is the first sash I have won since I was riding a 13hh pony. Mumford was just great today.” Bobby’s sister, show producer for Edward Young show team, Collette McGoldrick said; “I said Bobby could ride him for a bit of fun. I will be back on him for the HOYS SEIB qualifiers next year! Having been placed at HOYS in 2019, we will be seriously aiming at 2021” Mumford is owned by Geoff and Jenny Harker who train in North Yorkshire. Geoff said: “Mumford cost £125,000 as a yearling, he was placed a few times but proved to be pretty slow. I am delighted that he has found a new job he is really good at.” Collette added: “Jenny and Geoff’s daughter Emma has ridden a few ponies for us and some friends of mine had said to me how much fun the racehorse classes are, so I asked Jenny if she had a horse that I might be able to loan and Mumford arrived with me late in 2018. It is great to see him doing so well.”

The amateur class winner in the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse at the UK National Championships, Sophie Brown first met Amroth Bay when riding out for national hunt trainer, Dan Skelton. Sophie said: “I have had Amroth Bay since he retired from the track in 2011, he has done very well in the racehorse challenge classes and we have evented up to BE100 level. We did two SEIB HOYS qualifiers last year and came 5th in both. This win makes me think we should have another go at qualifying for HOYS next year.” Sophie now rides out for Julia Brooke in Middleham and combines this with running Classic Boots – a company specialising in making made to measure boots for jockeys. Amroth Bay won the Cambridgeshire National when he was in training with Dan Skelton.

Nicolina MacKenzie, Marketing Manager for SEIB said: “We are ever so grateful to Scott Dixon and his team at the UK National Championships for putting this show on. Scott managed to run the show within the Covid-19 restrictions but still make it great fun and a competition worth winning. I am pleased that we were able to support the championships along with Robert Walker to give Racehorse to Riding Horse competitors the chance to compete at a big, national show. We hope to see everyone that competed here out at the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse HOYS qualifiers next year.”

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