Anna and Vegas turn on the style at Easton

Hayley GibbsNorfolk Show Jumping Club were back at Easton College at the weekend for their first senior show of the year. The organisers were thrilled with the turnout as competitors had travelled from far and wide to check out the new international-sized arena.Hayley Gibbs

Norfolk Show Jumping Club were back at Easton College at the weekend for their first senior show of the year.

The organisers were thrilled with the turnout as competitors had travelled from far and wide to check out the new international-sized arena. All of the classes were very well supported and spectators took advantage of the heated gallery to watch some exciting showjumping.

The planks certainly lived up to their reputation as the bogey fence and throughout the whole day caused numerous riders a frustrating four faults.

The main class of the day was the Devoucoux Star Championship Qualifier, the final of which will be held later in the year at the Blue Chip Winter Championships. Sixteen horses made it through to the jump off, all chasing for one of eight qualifying places.


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Anna Peruzzi-Smith riding Hello Vegas won the class with a very fast clear from an early draw and was one of the few riders to make the tight turn back to the style without incurring any penalties.

NSJC will be back at Humberstone for the next senior show on February 28. For full show details visit www.norfolkjumping.com

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t The fifth competition in the Centaur Trust Winter Dressage League, which took place at Earlsway Farm, Bramfield, saw low entries but a high standard of performance.

Several riders used the competition as an opportunity to get their eventers out in preparation for the coming season.

One of these was Lucy Edwards, the only junior rider of the day, riding her own event horse 'Tom'. Lucy rode the Westgates' consistent dressage specialist 'Wallis' to first place in the Prelim 18 with a score of 72.08pc, with 'Tom' taking the runner up spot on 64.17pc.

The Senior Prelim 10 was won by Linda Reed riding 'Cor de Karma' with 66.36pc. The partnership continued their success by taking second place in the Restricted Prelim 18 beaten by less than �pc by Janie Taylor and 'Copper Dancer', who scored 69.17pc.

Janie and 'Copper Dancer' followed this up by winning the Senior Novice 30, two points ahead of the runner up, Linda Hunt on 'Pendles Pageant'

The Open Prelim 18 was won by Julia Gilbey riding her handsome chestnut welsh cob 'Bryn' with an impressive score of 75.42pc.

t Olympic Event rider Mary King will be presenting a lecture demo at the World Horse Welfare at Snetterton on Thursday, February 25. You can prebook your tickets on 01953 499100/07801 880201.

t Buckenham House Group RDA's Indoor Showjumping takes place this Sunday at Overa Farm, Snetterton. For details look on Horsedates or call Nicky Delaney on 07789 261210

t The Easton College Unaffiliated Dressage Spring League fixtures will be staged at the Bacon Centre, Easton College.

February 28, March 21, April 18, May 30 and June 27 will involve classes from introductory to Elementary. Entry Fee is �12 per class and entries may be restricted and close on the Monday before the competition. Cheques should be made payable to 'Easton College'.

Entries and enquiries to Hilary Francois. Easton College Equestrian Centre, (01603 731577). Times will be confirmed on the Easton College Website on the Friday before the competition. Alternatively call 01603 740095, also on the Friday before competition, between 7pm and 9pm. Rosettes and points will be awarded from first to sixth place. The winner will receive a free entry fee for the following league show.

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