Triple treat for Hannah

'Trick or Treat?' It most definitely was all 'treat' for City College student, Hannah Vincent (17) as she secured yet another place at the National Amateur Championships finals to be held next month at Aintree.

Hannah, from Bunwell, was delighted to have qualified again as she will now be taking three horses to Liverpool.

This time she was riding the Phantom Dreamaker (Mash) to take an impressive first place in the 90cm class at Manor Farm Equestrian Centre, Huntingdon, in one of the last of the second round events to be held before the finals.

Mash, at only 13.2hh, is considerably smaller than most of the other horses competing, but what he lacks in size does not seem to deter him or Hannah from taking the honours on a regular basis.

Hannah has already qualified Ranchwood Banana Split, her Palomino Stallion, by winning the 90cm competition at The College, Keysoe last month.

Her young up-and-coming prospect Jabberwocky has also qualified for the 90cm. It won the 1.0m qualifier at The Jays, Bury St Edmunds, in October and qualified at Forest Edge, Swaffham, for the 1.10m class.

Hannah is looking to keep him for the bigger tracks and has her eyes firmly set on the Amateur VW Golf Car Challenge class at the Championships.

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To round off a fantastic season, Hannah has been awarded a National Sport Achievers Award from South Norfolk Council in recognition of her showjumping.

• Paul Tapner (winner of Badminton this year) came from his base in Wiltshire to teach 30 riders, young and old at Blackwater for a cross-country training clinic organised by Carousel.

He was a brilliant instructor and placed great emphasis on how to approach cross country obstacles, not just about actually jumping.

Alice Graham riding her ex-racehorse, Reggie, said: 'Paul Tapner has such a wealth of experience in eventing.

'He explained clearly how technical jumps should be approached and how to work as a partnership with your horse to build up the confidence and trust that you need to progress in eventing.

'He was a brilliant teacher and I would recommend a lesson with him to anyone who rides cross-country.'

• Easton College recently joined forces with Blackwater Farm to organise an equestrian event providing local riders with the opportunity to compete in unaffiliated dressage, showjumping and cross-country.

Blackwater Farm is renowned for its superb cross country facilities and, as well as offering courses for complete beginners, is host to the Great Witchingham International Horse Trials held in the spring, which draws in Olympic riders from all over the world.

The National Diploma in Horse Management Year Two students under the guidance of course tutor Hilary Francois gave up their Sunday to run the event.

This was also overseen by students who are in their final year of studying for their Equine Foundation Degree. More than 100 competitors attended the event in the glorious autumn sunshine.

Hilary Francois and Faye Burrage commented on the day: 'This has allowed the students to develop their managerial skills in communication, scoring, fence judging and dealing with unexpected situations in a professional manner.

'We are extremely grateful to David Sayer for allowing the students to help out.

'We are thrilled with the turnout of competitors and it's so good to see that all of the student's hard work and dedication has paid off.'

David Sayer, the owner of Blackwater Farm, is said to be delighted with the way in which the day ran and looks forward to working with the college again in the future.

• Grange Farm, Hainford had a buoyant start to the Winter League season, with an excellent turnout for its unaffiliated dressage competition held on Sunday.

The presentation for the Summer League winners also took place and the trophy for the highest-placed junior, went to Freya Giles on her Millstones Minstral; reserve was Georgina Norton on Millstones Hawkwind.

The senior champion was Suzie Westgate, riding her Blackthorn Easter, and reserve champion went to Mel Dale and My Copper Charm. The judges for Sunday's dressage were Teresa Hoffmann – Intro and Zara Pauley – Preliminary and Novice.

• NSJC organisers are expecting to see a good turnout of local showjumpers this weekend as they are back at Easton College for their next junior and senior affiliated shows. Juniors will start the weekend on Saturday, with classes ranging from 70cm Open through to 1.10cm.

Sunday will see the seniors competing for a much-coveted qualifying place in the Devoucoux Star Championship Qualifier.

The finals will be held at the Blue Chip Winter Championships.

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