Elizabeth's charges do mentor proud

Hayley GibbsBritish pony Chef d'Equipe Elizabeth Mills pupils wiped the board in all but one class when Poplars Equestrian centre hosted their first show of the season. Twelve-year-old Alicia Patrick won both novices as well as the highest percentage of the day.Hayley Gibbs

British pony Chef d'Equipe Elizabeth Mills pupils wiped the board in all but one class when Poplars Equestrian centre hosted their first show of the season

Twelve-year-old Alicia Patrick won both novices as well as the highest percentage of the day (71.29pc) riding Dutch/Welsh stallion Schermeer Hof Arendsoog. The combination are now part qualified for the British Dressage Regionals.

'My aim this year is to qualify Ari for the nationals' said Alicia. 'I also want to get a place on the pony training squad for the Europeans in 2011 in November. I've only had Ari a few months but he is such a lovely boy in the stable and to ride.'

Local competitor Sophie Rodgers won both Elementaries on Grane Venice a 13-year-old trakkener mare.

'Our percentages have increased massively since Elizabeth has been training us and I'm really hoping to qualify for the Regionals in August now,' she said. 'These are the highest percentages I've ever achieved.'

The Mills dynasty also filled second and third in the elementary classes, both second places in the novice competitions and two spots in each of the preliminary classes.

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t Carleton's first show of the season was held on Sunday at Overa Farm, Larling. There were many old faces but lots of new ones taking part for the first time.

In the dressage, Pickles won the Junior Intro Test with Millie Gray, and also the Junior Open Prelim class with Millie's older sister Annalise. They also produced a very creditable score at their first attempt in a Novice test to take third in the junior competition.

A new combination of Naomi Garner and Monkstown Boy won both the Senior Prelim tests by clear margins in both tests and looks an exciting prospect for the season.

Another winning new combination was Millie-Rose Starke on Falco, who won both the Junior Novices with scores well into the 70pc region.

Georgina Wood on Sitting Pretty produced two good tests to take second place behind Millie-Rose.

It was a close contest in the Senior Open Novice - Emma Goldsmith on Jem's Dynamite just pipping Sarah Elsbury on Viscount Fire. These two also fought it out in the Elementary test, with Emma competing in her first test at this level beating Sarah.

In the show jumping the class wins were fairly spread out, with new members Tabitha Hornsey and Bonnie Salter battling it out in the under 148cm section in the 50cm and 60cm classes.

In the 60cm class Charlotte Rose-Eyre was unlucky to have a stop in the jump off in the 70cm class to be denied a double victory.

In the 70cm class for over 148cms Francesca Davey on Lily beat the evergreen 20-year-old Heritage Softail with Remy Farrant.

Darcie Richards on Burtey were the only dual class winners in the under 148cms taking both the 80cm and 90cm classes.

Their achievement was nearly mirrored in the over 148cm classes by Alison Beales and Miss Madrigal who won the 80cm but were pipped into second place in the 90cm by Verity Becker and Oliver, who went on to win the 1m class and were the only dual-winners in the over 148cm section.