Festival battle provides thrills

With very few opportunities left to qualify for the Cushionbed British Showjumping Scope Festival, competitors flocked to Mousehold Farm, Rackheath to enjoy Josie Gates' wonderful facilities for the Norfolk Show Jumping Club event.

Six double clears took the six qualifying tickets in The Katherine James 1.0m Qualifier. From the 32 starters it was Georgina Kidner and Ancalagon Fly, who posted a very fast time to win the class just ahead of Lucy Hall's striking grey, Salix, ridden by Lauren Raynor.

In the 1.05m Adventurer all six jump-off contenders were guaranteed their spot at the final and only two achieved double clears round Keith Dellar's challenging jump-off track.

The fastest of these was John Garrett riding the former race horse Petit Pistalet, less than half a second ahead of Louise Bussey and Wodehouse Alqua. With eight quality horses through to the jump off, to qualify for The Smarter Transport 1.15m class, a double clear had to be achieved. The winning round was claimed by June Gotts and the consistent chestnut Silvano Van Texelbos.

On the Sunday it was the turn of the ponies to jump on the lovely surface and stake their claim to attend the Scope Festival at the end of August. Katie Thurtle had a very successful day, qualifying Boyog for the 1.0m Adventurer and Ariel Express for the 1.15m Members cup.

• Norfolk Show Jumping Club run their next event at Mousehold Farm on August 13-14. Details available on www.norfolkjumping.com.

This Sunday sees Grange Farm Competition Centre's Annual Summer Showing and Showjumping Show.

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With a total of 38 classes, both for ridden and in-hand, most of which are qualifiers for Equifest, Veteran Horse and Traditional Gypsy Cob Association, there is something for everyone. Unaffiliated show jumping classes include 50cms/60cms to 1.10m while British Show Jumping Club Members Classes for both Senior and Junior reach from 70cm to 1m.

Entries can be sent in advance or will cost �2 extra on the day. All enquires can be made through the website at www.grangefarmcc.com or contact Lin Lawler on 07885 067850 for further details.

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