Back for the second year running, the annual Small Tour Championships took place this weekend at Houghton Hall Equestrian Centre in Cambridgeshire, 3 – 4 December 2016.
With different winners of almost every section the competition for the top spot was intense amongst the 46 riders attending the championships. All riders took part in either the Prix St Georges or the Intermediate I before going on to contest their respective freestyles. The Small Tour Champions were decided after calculating each combination’s average results over the two rounds.
Taking the first class of the show, the Prix St Georges, was Rob Waine with Brenda Reddy’s Bam Bam. The delightful combination scored 68.73% to lead the field and continue their successful year. Only two marks separated the second and third placed riders, with Melanie Phillips and Ruxton Bridget Jones edging out Tor Fenwick and Don Oro.
Getting off to a great start in the Intermediate I was Serena Pincus and Sheepcote Fantasia. The homebred mare by Farewell produced some super work earning 70.61% to finish ahead of Elder Klatzko (Woodlander Little Richard) and Daniel Greenwood (GF Deville) who finished second and third respectively.
Moving on to the second round it was eventual winner Leah Beckett who shone in the PSG Freestyle. Leah, from Ascot in Berkshire, and Mr Shaun Measures’ bay gelding Russki (pictured above) danced their way to freestyle victory after scoring an immense 75.04% to finish five percent ahead of second placed rider Rachel Clark and Wilhemina II. The consistent Tor Fenwick rounded out the top three who all scored above 70%.
Seven riders crossed the 70% barrier in the Inter I Freestyle creating an exciting final round. Once again coming out on top was Serena Pincus with Sheepcote Fantasia; the combination scored 73.13% with their highest result awarded from judge at M Debby Lush. Finishing second was Nicky Jennings and Bodelicious (72.38%) whilst Victoria Hamer and Zxen placed third (72.33%). Victoria also notched up the highest individual score of the class, an impressive 77.62% from judge at C Anita Darken.
In the overall rankings Leah Beckett and Russki finished just over one percent in front of Buckinghamshire’s Rachel Clark with Wilhemina II. Taking third was Tor Fenwick and Don Oro whilst round one winner Rob Waine and Bam Bam placed fourth.
It was no surprise that Serena Pincus and Sheepcote Fantasia finished as Intermediate Champion after two brilliant wins, the pair finished on a total of 71.87%. A role reversal saw Serena’s daughter Lucy act as groom and trainer throughout the show showing a wonderful demonstration of the team work from the Hereford based equestrian family. Second place went to Victoria Hamer with the Special D son Zxen and third to Nicky Jennings and Bodelicous. Travelling from Bath, Elder Klatzko finished a creditable fourth after a taking second in the first round.
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