Vale rider Laura secures impressive victory - The Evesham Observer

Vale rider Laura secures impressive victory

Evesham Editorial 19th Sep, 2017   0

EVESHAM’S Laura Whittington triumphed in the Dodson & Horrell 1.10m National Amateur second round at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre in Leighton Buzzard.

The Buckinghamshire event featured 56 accomplished combinations coming forward to compete across the 1.05m and 1.10m classes.

With qualification for the Dodson & Horrell National Amateur Championships held at Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool (November 14-19) in the riders’ sights, these two second rounds proved to be fiercely contested.

Among a skilled starting field of 27 competitors, Whittington was one of 11 to make it through to the jump-off and she shot into first place as she produced an unbeatable clear on board Hayestown Diamond Lady, her own ten-year-old chestnut mare.

This pair put in a strong performance to cross the finish line in an unbeatable time of 32.42 seconds.

Taking second place was Isabella Litchfield-Gomes from Welwyn, Hertfordshire, who rode Nina Gomes’ ten-year-old grey roan mare Roulette VI to a double clear in 36.79 seconds.

Jacqueline Menzies from Horsham, West Sussex, took third place on board her own 15-year-old grey gelding Sultan V. This pair stopped the clock on a double clear in 39.43 seconds.

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