Big names heading to showground

Hayley GibbsSome of the country's leading show jumpers will be coming to Norfolk next week to contest the jumping classes at the Royal Norfolk Show. Renowned for providing good jumping ground in the Grand Ring, the show is always popular with riders and this year is no exception.Hayley Gibbs

Some of the country's leading show jumpers will be coming to Norfolk next week to contest the jumping classes at the Royal Norfolk Show.

Renowned for providing good jumping ground in the Grand Ring, the show is always popular with riders and this year is no exception.

William and Pippa Funnell will be joined by, among others, Laura Renwick, Tim Stockdale and Geoff Luckett, who will be trying to go one better after his runner-up placing in the Grand Prix last year.

The Grand Ring will host the International Stairway Grand Prix on Thursday with a total prize fund of �7,500 and later in the day the riders will put their driving skills to the test in the popular Ride and Drive Challenge. A new addition to the programme this year will be the scurry driving competition which takes place on both days and will guarantee some fast and furious entertainment for the crowds.


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With over 1,000 horses entered in the Light Horse Ring and many more in the private driving and heavy horse classes there will be plenty of action for equestrian enthusiasts to enjoy at this year's show.

t Rebecca Wright and Pogo Pumpkin claimed victory in class one at the Forest Edge Arena One Day Event.

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Sophie Mann and Sonny Jim led after the dressage with an excellent score of 34.2 penalties and also after the show jumping. But they decided to take it steady on the cross country as it was their first one day event for a final score of 61.2 penalties, good enough for fifth place.

Rebecca and Pogo Pumpkin and Ellie Wales and Louis were the only two to stay on their dressage marks to finish in first and second places.

In class two Naomi Garner and Monkstown Boy were the only combination to remain on their excellent dressage score of 35 penalties. The best dressage score in this class was held by Georgia Key and Ramira but they had a few faults cross country and ended up in fifth place.

Second place went to Georgia Cross and Buster, who finished with just four cross country time penalties to add to their dressage score of 43.5.

Class three was headed by Mary Maitland and Pip who finished on their dressage score of 34.09 penalties. Mary had the best dressage of the class on her other ride Bumble with 31.3 penalties but unfortunately on the cross country phase the pair were eliminated.

Claire Stennett and The Puddle Jumper also finished on their dressage score to take second place. The fifth and sixth placed combinations were in hot competition.

Both competitors had the same dressage score of 42.8 penalties and equal faults over the jumps meant both their scores were 51.82 pens so the fastest time cross country would be the decider.

Catherine Adams and Max Power were five seconds faster with a time of 263 seconds so took fifth place and Anne Sinclair and Spike had a time of 268 seconds to take sixth.

In class four The Naughty Irishman and Caroline Paine gained a 29.4 pen dressage score. the best of the class, but with fence two down in the show jumping they were just piped to first placed by Kirtsy Miller and Waltzing Matilda, who finished on her dressage score of 32.7.

Third place went to Olivia Futter and Steal Away, who finished on 34.4pen, while fourth place went to Anna Thomson, who finished on her dressage score of 40 penalties.

Apart from the ever changing weather the day was enjoyed by all. Another One Day Event is scheduled for Sunday August 22 and the schedule is now available. There is also trailblazers and unaffiliated showjumping this Sunday from 10am. Jumping will be indoors.

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