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(including an unexplained levy), made this option too expensive for some competitors. Then some of the classes were linked on the schedule and the officials were unhappy to make any changes, so some riders, having paid for the secure stabling, were not allowed to participate in the Riders’ Grand Prix. All these problems highlight the necessity of proper and timeous checking of schedules, as well as not making last minute changes that may upset previous plans for participants. Every height division was hotly contested….Vrubetha 66 with Brendau Kok won both the 1,30m Welcome Stakes and the 1,35m Championship. In the 1,30m A2 competition as well as the 1,30m Championship, Chad Cunningham took the honours riding his student, Bryan Meyer’s horse, “Casper”. Other riders to secure several prizes were Tracy Davids on Franlaren Beau Biggles and Blakeney Boy, and Laurence Mowatt with Long Beach, Lochwood Lothario Lad, and Hillview’s Paddy. It was great to see some horses back in the ring like, Highborne Count on Me (Lynne Piercy Hultzer) and Alzu Barracuda (Dominey Alexander). Gail

Foxcroft also had a wonderful show, with her Equifox Olorosso winning the 1,40m Welcome Stakes, whilst Equifox JFK, in his very first WCQ competition, jumped superbly to finish 2nd with just 1 time penalty in the 2nd round. Gail was blown away by how well her young horse coped.The Capital Stud owned stallion, Capital’s Conlanc, ably partnered by Bronwyn Short, was 2nd in the 1,35m Welcome Stakes as well as 3rd in the 1,35m Championship. Bronwyn was also successful in the 1,45m Welcome Stakes, coming a good 2nd to Clyde Z (Sean Neill) on Fountain of Love. Clyde Z and Sean (recently recovered from an ankle operation) had a great show, winning the 1,45m Welcome Stakes and then beating 31 other starters with a 1, 5 second lead, in the Riders’ Grand Prix. This track proved difficult for horses and riders, with the late afternoon light adding complexity to the sizeable fences. There were just 7 clears in the first round, and only 3 that managed another clear in the jump off. Nicola Sime-Riley, riding her wonderful Sunny Park El Paso, was 3rd in the 1,45m Welcome Stakes, and finished 2nd to Clyde Z in the GP.Young Chris van der Issue 19 SPORTING HORSE

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Sporting Horse Magazine Issue 19  
Sporting Horse Magazine Issue 19  

July 2014 Edition of Sporting Horse Magazine