Luke Humphreys enjoys British Showjumping Seniors return after bad weather

The first day of the British Showjumping Seniors two-day show at Forest Edge Arena was supported by most regular riders keen to compete after the recent bad weather.

Riding no less than six horses over the two days, Luke Humphrey's daily journey from Wisbech was certainly worthwhile.

Well placed in several classes, Luke also took the red rosette in the British Novice class riding Un Heureux, the Forest Edge 1.05m Open with Soraja, and on the second day, riding Prins II Luke, secured the 90cm Amateur Championship qualifier class. Course builder over the two days was Lisa Kelly from Woodbridge.

Lisa's daughter, Sophie literally came along for the ride, competing with her rather handsome skewbald, Dovecote Decadence, successfully winning the largest class of the first day, the Tri-Zone Airlite Discovery class.

Hannah Vincent, nursing a bad neck, still made her presence felt, taking first and third in the 80cm Open class on Phantom Dreamaker, and Landorleon.

The last class of the show, the 1.30m Open was won by another regular Forest Edge rider, Ruby Pointer from Hevingham, on this occasion riding Dutsy Van Het Hek.

Sunday was the last in the series of the popular Rands & Wilson Feeds unaffiliated showjumping winter championship qualifiers.

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With the championship show on March 17, classes were keenly contested. A fantastic atmosphere, and over 30 competitors in each class ensured the day was enjoyed by all.

Principle winners were, 60cm class, Ellie Hodgson riding Wild Whisper, 70cm class Emma Gale riding Mr Whizz, 80cm class Charlotte Rose-Eyre riding CB Sam and India Vaughn-Jones from Warham, not content with one win, took both the 90cm and 1m classes riding her grey, Buddy Holly.

This weekend sees a Valentine Fun Show on Saturday, complete with fun showing classes, in hand and ridden which start at 9am, followed by unaffiliated fun showjumping at 11am. The Blue Chip Indoor Eventer Trial is on Sunday, the last show before the championship show on March 16. Further details at www.forestedgearena.com