Gracie Turnbull makes trip to Norfolk Show Jumping Club worthwhile

Thursday, June 21, 2012
10:40 AM

Norfolk Show Jumping Club hosted the Netley Hall Pony Discovery second round at Cherry Bee Farm on Sunday.

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Gracie Turnbull and Teasell II made the four-hour drive and overnight stay worthwhile with a copybook treble clear to win the class. From 15 starters, 11 achieved clear rounds over a course which included the new wall and the wishing wells – all well decorated, to go forward to the second round.

The raised fences halved the field and six contested the final timed jump-off. Eve Morris, who qualified both her ponies, started the jump-off with a good steady clear, but the times got faster and faster until, drawn second to last Gracie Turnbull, already third in the warm-up class, rode some brilliant turns with Teasell II to take the class. Ten combinations will now go forward to the Victory-Shavings British Showjumping Scope Festival.

Meanwhile, in the senior ring there was another opportunity to qualify for the Victory-Shavings British Showjumping Scope Festival in the 1.05 Auto Stop Adventurer. Eight riders contested the jump-off for six qualifying places. Kevin Smith with his latest acquisition, Deblyn Solitaire took the class by two seconds from Southwold-based Ellie Doy, riding Temple Hardy. Ruby Pointer and her own, home-produced Berries Farm Zac was pleased to be a very close third. Lizzie Gray, Philippa Castro and Bethany Moore also qualified. The next Norfolk Showjumping Club event takes place at Cherry Bee Farm on Saturday July 14.