Tina storms to victory in Angove Cup showdown
GOONBELLRiding Centre, St Agnes, brought their winter showjumping series to a cracking climax culminating in the announcement of the annual point winners.
Tina Burdon and her part-bred Connemara pony Storm stamped their authority on the series to record a runaway victory for the Mrs C H Angove Cup.
"I'd like to thank all the team at Goonbell for organising such a popular and friendly series of shows," said Tina, who combines her busy career as a maths teacher at Fowey School with competing.
The Michael Angove Cup in the midi section went to the wire and it was Aaron Butter and Cobby who edged their way to the top of the table securing the reserve slot in the final class to critical points.
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Julia Daley partnered her own horse William to the Roxanne Memorial Cup holding off a strong challenge from Charlotte Davison and Millie and taking the honour by the narrowest of margins.
The coveted Towan Cup presented by the late Mr David Davis and his wife Liz went to Annabell Cutting and Elenor Bradbury. Competitors were closely scrutinised by the management team at Goonbell during the series and presented this prestigious award to the two girls for showing the most improvement and sportsmanship.
"They only started jumping this season," said Julia Daniels of Goonbell. "Both girls were consistently in the ribbons and we felt they were worthy recipients of this special award. On behalf of the management I'd like to thank the Goonbell team and competitors for their support."
The Four Burrow Pony Club triathlon and tetrathlon held at Truro College, Richard Lander School and Chyverton Park, Zelah, drew a large entry from competitors from Devon and Cornwall.
More than 100 pony club members contested the triathlon of whom 70 members went forward to the riding section of the tetrathlon.
Four Burrow Pony Club member Chris Harris of Truro, clinched the open boys class winning the triathlon with the best shoot and swim scores. The 15 year-old went onto cement his performance with a super clear on his new ride Steady Teddy, owned by Sarah Thomas to clinch his tetrathlon section.
North Cornwall came to the fore in the open girls sections with Abi Glencross, Nina Ball and Nicola Woodley filling the top three placings.
Jess Hoare headed the intermediate girls while North Cornwall's Luke Spry secured the senior boys.
A strongly contested junior girls and junior novice saw Harriet Mitchell from East Cornwall winning the former and Grace May from North Cornwall the latter.
The Western Pony Club came out on top in the mini sections won by Freya Haase and Tom Teiken while Four Burrow's Abi Perham posted her first clear ride cross country to clinch the novice mini.
"We like to thank the organisers, stewards, competitors and parents for supporting this event and now look forward to a successful season," said a spokesperson for the Four Burrow.
British Showjumping has officially recognised the skills of local course-builder Clive Phillips promoting the designer to Median level.
Clive of Par, near St Austell, enjoyed his own successful showjumping career before utilising his experience and knowledge in the art of course-building and it's his understanding of the sport which has stood him in good stead. There are four categories of accredited course-building starting at Assistant level and rising through the ranks to Associate, Median and the highest level of Advanced.
Clive has come under the close scrutiny of Jon Doney, who is not only officiating at the 2012 Olympics but holds the distinction of being the world's only Double O (Level 4) show jumping course designer and judge.
"Jon assessed my courses at several shows including Royal Cornwall where I was given the chance to design the Area Trial," explained Clive.
"I was also given the chance to build many of the prestigious classes and qualifiers at the Wales & West showground."
Clive continues to sharpen his skills under the mentorship of top designer Steve Williams, who is in charge of the courses at the Royal Cornwall Show.
"I began my career locally with Zoe Gwennap and was fortunate to continue under Steve's wing," said Clive who combines his course-building career with running his stud business standing his own stallions More Expense and Update.
"Steve has helped me further my horizons and build at top shows out of the county. I'm keen to maintain my local roots enjoy being lead designer for Liskeard Show and I'm also assisting Steve at Royal Cornwall and have been booked for Helston Flora Day Show and the Cornish Showjumping Club."
Clive welcomes contact from show organisers who should call him on 07792134769.
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