Forest Edge proves a haven from bad weather

With the atrocious June weather and outside shows being cancelled throughout the county, competitors are taking full advantage of Forest Edge's indoor Arena.

Unaffiliated Trailblazers Dressage first round classes were held last Wednesday, which also incorporated qualifiers for the Veteran Horse Society Championships. Classes ranged from the Forest Edge walk and trot test up to elementary level and were judged by Mr Peter Kemp.

Gemma Berry riding Hijack the Duke was on top form winning both the Preliminary 1 and the Novice 28 and claiming the impressive top score of the day, 74.21pc. Ali Bailey's grey Manderley Classic produced two consistent tests over 70pc to win both the Novice 34 and Elementary 42 competitions.

Forest Edge was also the venue for a British Showjumping Seniors three day show. Saturday produced the best classes of the weekend notably, Anna Perruzi-Smith winning a well filled National Members Cup I.15m qualifier riding Hello Vegas and the Horse & Hound Foxhunter class with Zeus III. On Sunday Ruby Pointer won two classes in style. Riding Berries Farm Cadance she took the red in the British Senior Novice, and then in the Discovery class, riding Alfur Van and Het Hek. Luke Humphrey riding Soraja won the most exciting class on Sunday the 1.05m Open. Repeating the speed and agility to take the first in the Newcomers class, this time riding Back to Black II. Lizzy Gray, riding her own Zaracossa produced one of only two clears in the jump off over a demanding 1.20m course to take the first prize.

The North Norfolk Pony Club held their Spring Jumping Show at Forest Edge. A total of 72 competitors took part from the North and West Norfolk Pony Clubs. The classes started at 60cm – and was won by the accomplished partnership of Lucy Reader and Bureside Mint who went on to win the Sportmans Trophy. They narrowly beat Polly Papworth riding Holly who was also second in the 70cm class and as a result won the SAS Salver. In the 75cm Scurry Archie Jones picked up a 'chance' ride on Jayne Armes' Chance in a Million and left the rest of the field standing still with a very quick round and some very sharp turns. In the 80cm Open the West Norfolk Pony Club headed the field with Darcy Eagle riding Izzy taking the class. Class 5 – 90cm Open was won by the experienced Charlotte Peasley on Greenwing Jacks Girl and she went on to take Class 6 – 1 metre Open on Star Rocket. Charlie Jones won the final class on Stephy in a jump off which saw the fences up to a one metre ten.


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