Easton College plays hosts to top class show jumping events

Easton College has played host to two top class show jumping shows, attracting some of the best riders from the region and beyond.

Norfolk Show Jumping Club's British Showjumping show required speed and daring to win classes during two days of top class jumping.

The highlight of the weekend was watching talented young horses and riders on course designer Stephen Dye's long gallop to David Gayton's fabulous wall standing at 1.45m as the final fence to clinch the �100 first prize in the 1.30m Open.

First to go in the five-strong jump-off, Suffolk-based Emily Hilton lay down the gauntlet, riding what looked to be an unbeatable round, with breathtaking turns aboard seven-year-old mare Assy Sina.

Rising to the challenge, near-neighbour Claire Hansen with another seven-year-old mare, Scott Neilson-Hansen's Anderson's Almare Marius, took a stride out to the wall to break the beam a full second faster.

With three more speed queens to follow the tension mounted, but an unfortunate stirrup loss put paid to Caroline Fitzallen-Howard's bid with Valeska, the winner of the previous class. Both Tamsin Conyers and Leanne Cox tackled the mighty wall at speed, but tipped the top brick.

Claire Hansen from the Capitol Stud in Hadleigh, Suffolk was delighted with her talented mare who has gone from success to success after winning the Equiport National Five Year Old Championships in 2010.

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Sunday saw juniors from far and wide make the journey to enjoy some brilliant jumping.

Ellie Archdeacon and her chestnut JA, Mr Bamboozle achieved the sole clear to win the final class, making up for a traumatic day with lorry problems.

The Horse Quest UK Coral 1.10m Blue Chip Qualifier was also won by the sole clear, Out of Time, ridden by Lydia Norton, who has only recently taken over the ride from her brother.

From 17 starters in the Horse Quest UK Sapphire Qualifier only Charlie Jones with Stephy III, Laura Amies, riding King of the Ring, and class winner Zoe Greeswell and the Artful Dodger made it to the jump-off. Three North Norfolk Pony Club members took the top honours in an exciting 1.0m Open speed class: Star Rocket (Charlotte Peasley), Stephy III (Charlie Jones) and Ardenteggle Caesar (Elliott Armes).

Norfolk Show Jumping Club committee are looking forward to the Uttings Insurance-sponsored puissance at their next Easton College Show on March 17-18. Full details at www.norfolkjumping.com.

Last weekend's British Showjumping show at Easton College enjoyed over 100 entries, with Rodger Howe's course providing an excellent test.

Tim Page was on form, winning the Joshua Jones 1m Blue Chip qualifier and the Newcomers on Steady the Helm and the Foxhunter/1.20 and the 1.30 on Wyomine. He also picked up four placings.

Other class winners were Angela Haag, on Rowley Farm Amethyst, who picked up first place in the British Novice, ahead of Debbie Cox and Ronny III. In the 1.05 Open it was Luke Humphries on Soraja who jumped into the lead, beating Tim Page and Unna VII into second place and Caroline Fitxallen-Howard into third on Arinda.

Chantelle Harpur on Vic triumphed over the other 12 riders in the 1.10 Amateur Qualifier, knocking Elizabeth Bush into second place on Heebie Jeebie.

Organiser Hilary Francois said: 'I am thrilled with the turnout, which is a record number since the shows had started. I would like to thank course builder Rodger Howe and everyone for their continued support.'