WITH the clock ticking towards the conclusion of the Spurs showjumping series and the excitement of the Puissance Show taking hold competitors are showing their colours at Barguse Riding School.
"With the Puissance rapidly descending upon us next month (March 31) it's only right that our final fixtures provide a test for our riders in readiness for what is to come," said organiser and course-builder Mike Johns.
"I've increased the level at the last couple of shows with all fences up to height in all classes with some really demanding spreads. The competitors didn't disappoint us and rose to the challenge and it was evident from the outset that they were out to win."
East Cornwall Riding Club member Hannah Joliffe cleared a formidable oxer standing at 3ft 6ins with a 3ft 3ins spread to claim the Joker class on Pentillie at the early January Show.
"This class brought our January show to a fabulous climax," said Mike Johns who also praised the close challenge provided by Kathryn Baker (Spirit of Drummond) and Poppy Joshi (Celtic Bay).
Hannah had also headed the previous 2ft 6ins senior class which saw a clash of the titans in Sarah Penney (Solitaire) and Adrian Heidler (Silken Boy).
Confirming her consistency Hannah recently qualified Pentillie at the Area Riding Club Windsor qualifiers and will represent the area in the Top Score team at the championships.
Chloe Nile, aged 12, of St Austell secured the 2ft 3ins junior class on her 14 year-old Connemara gelding Mizen while Poppy Joshi of Lockengate landed the senior equivalent on Celtic Bay.
The late January fixture saw Charlotte Pollard clinch a winning double on Foxy while last year's point winner Roxy Newstead bounced back to form with a victory in the 2ft 3ins senior section on She's A Mystery.
The Indian Queens based rider has produced the six year-old 14.2hh pure-bred Arab mare from an unbroken prospect with great success.
"Spurs showjumping would like thank to everyone who came to compete and support the show and for making it such a fantastic day," said Mike Johns. "We hope everyone enjoyed the competition and we look forward to seeing competitors and their families at our next show on Sunday (February 24)."
Results: 1'8" – 2'0" open: 1. Sally Sanders (Star); 2. Sally Sanders (Merlen); 3. Chloe Hawken (Orchid); 4. Donna Long (Crackle). 2'3" juniors: 1. Charlotte Pollard (Foxy); 2. Bethany Hull (Solar Eclipse); 3. Chloe Hawken (Nutmeg); 4. Shakira Duffy (Raidy). 2ft 3ins seniors: 1. Roxy Newstead (She's a Mystery); 2. Alanah Hunt ( Cheyenne); 3. Adrian Heidler (Silken Boy); 4. Tina Burden (Storm). 2ft 6ins juniors: 1. Kathryn Baker (Spirit of Drummond); 2. Abi Cox (Paddy Cool); 3. Lucy Tiplady (Sovereign); 4. Charlotte Pollard (Foxy). 2ft 6ins Seniors: 1 & 2. Tina Burden (Ronan & Storm); 3. Jess Sandan (Roysin); 4. Sarah Penney (Solitaire). 2ft 9ins – 3ft open: 1. Charlotte Pollard (Foxy); 2. Kathryn Baker (Spirit of Drummond); 3. Hannah Jolliffe (Pentillie); 4. Sarah Penney (Solitaire). Early January Show sponsored by W.A. Allen & Son of Whitemoor: 1'8" – 2'0" 0pen: 1. Izzy Golightly (Star); 2. Sally Sanders (Merlin); 3. Nicky Wright (Fox); 4. Chloe Nile (Mizon). 2'3" Juniors: 1. Chloe Nile (Mizon); 2. Tegan Giles (Dinka); 3. Shakira Duffy (Raidy); 4. Donna Long (Mr. R). 2'3" Seniors: 1. Poppy Joshi (Celtic Bay); 2. Roxy Newstead (She's A Mystery); 3. Adrian Heidler (Silken Boy); 4. Jenny Morris (Bally). 2'6" Juniors: 1. Kathryn Baker (Spirit of Drummond); 2. Georgie Hutchins (Darren); 3. Georgie Hutchins (Miracle); 4. Shakira Duffy (Raidy). 2ft 6ins seniors: 1. Hannah Joliffe (Pentillie); 2. Sarah Penney (Solitaire); 3. Adrian Heidler (Silken Boy); 4. Poppy Joshi (Celtic Bay). Joker: 1. Hannah Joliffe (Pentillie); 2. Kathryn Baker (Spirit of Drummond); 3. Poppy Joshi (Celtic Bay); 4. Sally Burchill (Sheeza Star).
AN impressive number of stallions representing all disciplines will be on display at Cornwall's Stallion Showcase, being held at Rosevidney Livery Stables, near Penzance on Saturday March 16.
This exciting new initiative will provide a unique platform for breeders to view the cream of the county's sires at one venue.
"We already have over 20 stallions booked in," said organiser Verity Perry. "There's been an amazing response from breeders and stallion owners. We have some tremendous horse and pony stallions standing in Cornwall and it's wonderful to have them coming together under one roof and a warm welcome will be on offer to all."
A preview of the event will feature in this column on March 6. and for further details call Verity Perry on 07825719566 or 01736 740224.
SCHEDULES are available for the BSPS Area 13A Spring Show, at Chyverton Park, Zelah on April 13, and features a host of opportunities to win through to the Royal International Horse Show (RIHS).
New additions are the RIHS show hunter pony, riding horse and cob qualifiers running along with the show ponies, mountain and moorland, part-bred Arabs, working hunter ponies and popular home-produced sections.
"We're also delighted to have been awarded British Show Horse Association qualifiers," said Area 13a Chairman, Chris Yates of Praze.
For details contact Show Secretary, Fiona Dymond on 07920 774639 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bspsarea13altd.co.uk. Diary dates, Page 86.
FOLLOWING the tremendous success of the Cornwall Trec Quadrille team who won through to the finals at Olympia an open invitation has been extended to any riders interested in being part of the 2013 challenge.
"We're holding 'try out' day on March 3," said team trainer, Verity Perry, who can be contacted for further information on 07825719566 or 01736 740224.