Bailey's Jump Training reports from Rodbaston and Berkshire College
The second weekend of Bailey’s Jump Training fixtures saw members and non-members alike out in force, all preparing for the oncoming 2015 season with the valuable winter training that the competition provides.
Jump Training Rodbaston
The BE80(T) level class was a tightly fought contest with just one penalty splitting the top three, but it was 26-year-old Harriet Fox-Davies from Claverley, Shropshire and her own 10-year-old gelding Raleigh who came out on top after adding nothing to a style mark of 22.0. Just 0.5 penalties behind was 39-year-old Georgina Critchley from Northwich, Cheshire and her own 10-year-old gelding Cailean Double S who saw a rolled pole drop them down to second, while 40-year-old Phillipa Price from Shrewsbury, Shropshire piloted her own 10-year-old stallion Lodor Lucky Strike into third, finishing on a style mark of 23.0.
The 90cm class saw 57-year-old Liz Murfitt from Loughborough in Leicestershire partner her own 15-year-old mare The Diamond Hunter to an impressive win after they added nothing to a style mark of 14.50. The pair were closely followed by last year’s BE80 level Jump Training Champion, 13-year-old Betty Baker from Corley, Coventry who took second place with on a style score of 15.00, while 47-year-old Jacqui Brown from Manchester and her own nine-year-old gelding More Gold completed the top three, finishing on a style mark of 21.50.
Betty improved upon this second placing at BE100 level, as she and her own 12-year-old gelding Tallyho Charlie went on to claim victory, keeping a clean sheet to finish on their style mark of 16.50. 19-year-old Henrietta Horsley-Gubbins from Ombersley, Worcestershire took second aboard her own eight-year-old gelding Ellas Melody on a style mark of 18.50, while Bonnie Fishburn from Whitchurch, Shropshire piloted her own nine-year-old mare Direct Flo into third.
Sylvia Farmer who formed the Jump Training judging duo with Linda de Matteo commented on the standard on the day: “I think the standard this year is even higher than last, there were lots of riders who had maybe dropped down a level in preparation for the season and it was good to be able to give them the confidence to move up.
“It was a really positive day and good to see so many riders taking our suggestions on board, the majority of the second rounds showed a real improvement from the first”
Jump Training Berkshire College
At BE80 level, it was 12-year-old Jenna Good from Farnham, Surrey who clinched victory with her own six-year-old gelding Trewithian Hawkeweed as they produced a fault-free round to complete on a style mark of 19.5. 33-year-old Kathryn Slack from Chinnor, Oxfordshire and her own nine-year-old gelding Widget V took second after the judges awarded her a style mark of 21.0, while 12-year-old Olivia Wrennall from Slough, Buckinghamshire finished third after adding nothing to a style score of 23.00 aboard Dinesse VD Zuidvoermanshoek, a 16-year-old mare owned by Georgina Horsley-Gubbins.
It was another young rider who topped the results table in the 90cm class as 16-year-old Rosie Oxlade from Chelmsford, Essex secured the win after scoring a style mark of 19.50 aboard Gala Boy, her own nine-year-old gelding. 52-year-old Pip Frankish from Binfield, Berkshire partnered her own six-year-old gelding Olympic Gold Touch into second, finishing just 0.5 penalties behind on a style mark of 20.0 while 13-year-old Lucas Peries and his own seven-year-old gelding A Dream Within added four jumping penalties to a style mark of 17.5 which saw the pair drop to third.
It was a successful day for 39-year-old Southerly Roberts from Hartley Wintney, Hampshire who made it a 1-2 in the BE100 level class, taking the victory by a large margin after a scoring a style mark of 19.00 aboard Ron and Ruth Rietdyk’s 11-year-old gelding Canny Shannondale Z. Southerly rode her own nine-year-old mare Fizz IV into second place after adding nothing to a style score of 27.50, while 37-year-old Julie Middleton-Reid from Upper Basildon in Berkshire partnered her own 10-year-old mare Lady Jessicka into third, completing on a style mark of 28.50.
The BE Accredited Coaches on the day were Eloise Mayhead and Mandy Lucey, and Eloise suggested this piece of advice for all those heading out on the Jump Training circuit this season: “Balance is a term that is used widely but it is really important to try and understand what this term means and how to create it in each of the horse’s gaits, especially canter.
"It is also important to know how your position affects the horse’s balance, especially on landing and the getaway from the fence. Balance for each individual horse is different but learning to ride with balance is a skill that will hugely improve performance, both for horse and rider.”
This year for the first time, both the Bailey’s Jump Training and JAS Final will take place on the same weekend at Hartpury College (Gloucestershire, 21-22nd February).
Visit the Jump Training pages for more information on the competition and to see the full list of fixtures.
Upcoming Jump Training fixtures
Sunday 18 January – Bishop Burton College, East Yorkshire ()
Sunday 25 January – Houghton Hall Equestrian Centre, Cambridgeshire
Saturday 31 January – West Park, Co. Durham
Saturday 7 February – Moreton Morrell College, Warwickshire
For more information on the series sponsor visit www.baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk