2018 Foundation Point League results
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Melissa Joannides 02 Nov 18

2018 Foundation Point League results

With the 2018 eventing season drawn to a close we can now announce the winners of the British Eventing Leagues for riders competing for BE Foundation Points.

Rider Foundation Point League

This year Melissa Joannides (main picture) ran away with the Foundation Point League on a huge total of 516 Foundation Points (FP). Foundation Points are only won at BE90 to BE105 level, and the 22 year old from West Sussex has had an exceptionally busy season - at BE90 and BE100 level alone Melissa competed 10 horses in a total of 63 starts; from those she has taken 16 wins and a further 39 top ten finishes.

Melissa said; “I am absolutely thrilled to have topped the BE Foundation Points leader board for 2018, all credit to my horses who have put in outstanding performances this year. We started the season with a win at the very first event, and ended it last weekend with a win - it was a sign of a good year!

“My team and I have worked endlessly hard, so it’s great to have that recognised in the form of the results. I have to say a huge thank you to all my owners for the ride on all of their super horses.”

Second place goes to John-Paul Sheffield on 349 FP with Italy’s Vittoria Panizzon taking third on 282 FP. Out of John-Paul’s 54 starts at BE90 and BE100, he secured 10 wins with Vittoria taking five.

Midnight BluesHorse Foundation Point League

In the Foundation Points League for Horses, Alison Walton’s Midnight Blues takes top honours with a total of 159 FP. The six year old homebred mare by Mighty Magic, has enjoyed a successful season under the Rider Foundation Points League runner up, John-Paul Sheffield, securing six wins and seven top ten placings at BE100 and BE90 level in only her first season with British Eventing.

Commenting on her horse’s win, Alison said; “I am highly delighted that my homebred Midnight Blues has topped the leader board, and must thank JP Sheffield for the patient professional way he produces my young horses, very happy owner and horse.”

Caroline Bridge’s eight year old gelding Eldyno takes second place on 146 FP after posting six wins at BE100 level, and Ashford Cleave Little Man ends the season in third place for owner Suzannah Priest, after the 14.2hh British-bred gelding took three wins at BE100 with the Rider Foundation Points winner Melissa Joannides.

Jasmine WilksMitsubishi Motors Cup Foundation Point League - Riders

In the Foundation Points League open to riders eligible for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup, Jasmine Wilks topped the table on 234 points. With 27 top ten placings this season, the 25 year old from Kent kept 35 FP between her and Laura Ridout, who takes second place in the league on 199 FP. Even with 30 top ten placings this year, Laura couldn’t quite repeat her league win from 2017 taking second place ahead of Samantha Jimmison on 195 Foundation Points.

Jasmine said about her win; “I am so excited by this news and extremely proud that the hard work and dedication which has been put into the training and the events this year has paid off. I couldn’t have done this on my own - I have a great network around me; my boyfriend, my family and close friends have all been extremely supportive, and that coupled with the consistent performance of the horses I have been riding throughout the year has all helped towards this fantastic achievement.”

EldynoMitsubishi Motors Cup Foundation Point League – Horses

In the same league for horses, Caroline Bridge’s Eldyno makes another appearance in the Foundation Leagues, taking the title on 146 FP. On her win, Caroline said; "It’s been an amazing experience and something to strive for." Last year’s winner, J J Malone, owned by Alyson Parker, finishes in second place this year on 122 FP with Jasmine Wilks’ Harestone completing the top three on 120 Foundation Points.

View the full Foundation Point Leagues HERE.