Just the ticket as ladies scoop Blue Chip entries
SENIOR showjumpers have been scooping up a bevy of tickets to the Blue Chip championships with the Grange Equestrian Centre in Okehampton proving a good hunting ground for Mollie Trethewey, Dara Maddern and Sammie Jo Coffin.
The three local ladies opened their accounts in the Blue Chip Karma Performance qualifier.
Mollie of Helland opened the 19 horse jump-off with a calculated clear on her mother Jenny's gelding Rainman and this talented teenager cemented her successful transition to senior competition by clinching the eighth placed qualification.
Clear rounds then proved elusive as riders chased the clock and it was Dara of St Austell who broke the mould with a safety round on her big hearted mare Forever Pleasure for the seventh placed ticket.
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The back-end of the barrage saw Sammie Jo of St Austell post a solid round for St Columb-based owners Dick and Sandra Gummow on their Upgrade, stallion Boebka for the third placed qualification.
Mollie and Rainman also came to the fore in the Blue Chip Dynamic B&C qualifier franking their form with a double clear over the biggest course of their short career for their passage to Hartpury.
Sammie Jo secured her second ticket of the show in the B&C clinching her place at the championships the big jumping gelding Bellamy II owned by Lizzie Robson of Bolventor.
Amy Merrell made a worthwhile trip from Scorrier to Badgworth Arena in Somerset, where she secured the top ticket in the Horsequest UK Coral qualifier on her mother Sandy's eight year-old grey pony Lahinch PJ.
"A few weeks ago we won through to the Sapphire finals, locally at Colraine Equestrian Centre," said the 14-year-old, who is a member of British Showjumping's Cornwall Junior Academy. "Our plan was to try and add the Coral ticket to our tally for more than one chance at Hartpury and I'm so pleased this trip paid off."
Acquired via Pam Warren in Ireland for the Merrell family, the 148cms grey gelding is proving all they had wished.
"Pam is our British Showjumping Area representative," said Merrell's mother Sandy.
"We've always had novice ponies and as Amy only has two years left in juniors we decided to find a pony to move on a jump the bigger tracks. She took us over to Ireland and helped us find PJ and Amy has really clicked with him."
Harriet Iles from Bristol landed the second placed qualification on her 11 year-old Irish sports pony Little Miss Boss.
Badgworth Arena, also played host to the Blue Chip JC/JA Sparkle qualifier which saw 13-hopefuls take to the arena for the eight tickets on offer. Three JC ponies were joined by one JA pony in the jump-off and Kayla Setford of Redruth was among the mix securing the second placed qualification on her seven year-old JC mare Rosewall Diptford Stardust.
"I've got another 12-months left in ponies but I've already made the transition to horses and Rosie is up for sale," said Kayla, who won the Blue Chip Sapphire final at the Hartpury championships in March.
"I've produced Rosie from a five year-old and although it would be nice to return to Hartpury and try for another title, hopefully, she will have found a lovely new home before the championships. I've also qualified my horse Landlord Z for the Blue Chip novice finals and if Rosie is still with us it would tie in nicely."