The 2016 final of the Baileys Jump Training and Jumping & Style (JAS) Championship culminated in a bumper weekend of action at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, including an evening demonstration by CCI4* event rider Ruth Edge.
Vitalin supported the series as fence sponsors alongside KBIS and Careers in Racing.
Kicking off proceedings on Saturday morning was the Baileys Jump Training Championship, with riders at each of the levels (BE80, BE90 and BE100) receiving a guided course walk at the beginning of the day, warm up guidance from an accredited coach, and a jumping test. After the first round of jumping, competitors have discussion time with a coach before jumping again.
The balance, rhythm, paces, rider position and accuracy are all judged and scores added to any time and jumping penalties to give an overall score and decide the final placings. Thirteen year old Kate Prendergast from Wilshire took the JT80 Jump Training Championship title riding her own grey gelding Kilpatrick Cassius. The only combination to produce a double clear jumping round with no time penalties, the pair added nothing to their riding score of 18 penalties to take the class win by 6 penalties.
The competitive JT90 final brought forward 25 qualified starters and with a riding score of 20.5 penalties and no penalties from the jumping rounds, it was Leicestershire’s fifteen year old Lilly Sturmey and her own nine year old gelding Silvano Dazzling Diamond who came out on top in the JT90 Championship.
Ellie Healy from Derbyshire wrapped up the first day of competition in the JT100 Championship with a win on board Mrs Sarah Healy’s 20 year old Macallum. Fourteen year old Ellie scored just 10.5 penalties for her riding which produced a double clear jumping phase securing the pair a three penalty lead and the class win.
Qualifying at Aintree Equestrian Centre, Molly Fletcher from Derbyshire enjoyed a successful weekend taking the win in the JAS BE90 and BE100 on her own seven year old Motabower Katie. The BE90 class saw 13 year old Molly score 10 penalties for style and secure a clear jumping round in both the show jumping and cross country phases, before going on to do the same in the BE100 on a style score of 11 penalties to claim the title in both classes.
Molly commented following her win; “She's quite strong so you have to sit up and let the fences come to you as she's got a really big jump. It rode really well, she's got horse sized strides so there was one bit to the road crossing fence which was tight but she managed it fine!”
The JAS competition sees combinations judged on style as well as technique; the style mark is converted to penalty points and added to any cross country or jumping penalties for the final score. The JAS Novice section win went to Worcestershire’s 14 year old Lydia Ward and her own Kiltroms Woodie Jumpit; the only competitor to not pick up any jumping or time penalties the pair finished on their winning style score of just 11 penalties.
The JAS Open final took to the main arena on Sunday afternoon with 21 year old Alicia Hawker from Wiltshire walking away with the title of Open Champion. Riding her own Nankin Des Ruettes, the pair scored 10 penalties for style and picked up just four time penalties from the jumping phase to finish on a score of 14.
The final prize awarded at the weekend went to Harry Horton, who took home the Kenneth Clawson Memorial trophy. Presented to the most promising up and coming rider in future JAS Championships, 20 year old Harry from Essex rode Miss Helene Braeckman’s 13 year old Renaldo II in the JAS BE100 Championship where they finished in 26th place. Paul Davies, JAS organiser commented "Harry is has a lot of talent and is showing real promise; he's made a marked improvement from the series through to the Championship."
The winter training series, sponsored by Baileys Horse Feed and open to both Member and non-Members, aims to prepare horses and riders for the coming season. Baileys Marketing Manager Jane Buchan commented on a positive 2016 series; "It's been a very successful second year of the combined JAS & Jump Training championships at Hartpury with the standard growing year on year and fantastic entries in all classes, the biggest ever in fact in the JAS BE90 & BE100.
"We also had a great turn out for our Ruth Edge demo which raised funds for Claire Lomas' nominated charity Nicholls Foundation with a great turn out of people to pick up some expert tips from her for the season ahead.
"I hope through the JAS and JT series everyone feels confident and set up for the season ahead; I look forward to seeing lots of finalists out on the circuit."
The JAS Final was livestreamed throughout the day with commentary from British Riding Clubs CIC2* European Championship gold medallist Franky Reid-Warrilow and BE Accredited Coach Darrel Scaife