PERSHORE’S Holly Jones won the last of this year’s KBIS Insurance Senior British Novice Second Rounds which took place at Kingswood Equestrian Centre in Albrighton, on the eastern fringe of Shropshire, on July 20.
The second round was popular with competitors and the 78 starters were all focused on qualifying for the Championship Final in August.
All of the starters were competing with the end goal of producing a treble clear in mind in order to qualify for the KBIS Insurance Senior British Novice Championship Final, which will be held at the Alexanders Horseboxes British Showjumping Scope Festival.
Following two rounds of well fought competition, the final jump off was contested by 33 combinations. Impressively, 22 of those combinations went on to achieve the much sought after treble clear. With the order of results still needing to be decided, the times recorded by the clock proved to be crucial.
The fastest treble clear of this second round came from 18-year-old Jones on board her own nine-year-old bay mare Lexus V. Jones and Lexus secured victory with just 0.04 seconds to spare after producing their third clear round in just 36.73 seconds.
Anthony French from Malpas, Cheshire, took second place on Kinsale Houdini, a six-year-old chestnut gelding owned by Kinsale Stud. This combination also posted a very quick treble clear, delivering it in just 36.77 seconds.
Third place was awarded to 46-year-old Derek Morton from Stone, Staffordshire, who rode Kimgarwyn Bill-Bo, a seven-year-old bay gelding owned by Brian Squire. He produced three clear rounds from his ride to finish on zero faults in 37.48 seconds.
With another 19 combinations also going on to achieve a treble clear, a total of 22 combinations from this second round will now go forward to the KBIS Insurance Senior British Novice Championship Final which will take place between August 24-30 at Staffordshire County Showground.