Top riders from all over the country converged on Grange Farm, Wittering to compete in this year’s Lincoln JumpCross Eventer’s Challenge.
With a £3,000 first prize at stake and other substantial prizes up to sixth place providing a £8,500 total prize fund, kindly donated by Lincoln horse health products, the field included eventing stars Mark and Tanya Kyle, Oliver Townend, Piggy French, Clayton Fredericks and Matthew Wright.
In a close run competition, the winner’s purse fell to Fiona Hobby and Royal Colours, with the talented 11-year-old just gaining the lead. Robin Dunlop’s well-designed track featured water crossings, combinations and joker fences allowing riders to improve their score at the very end of the round.
Said Fiona: “It was a great competition and a wonderful day. The prize money is excellent and I couldn’t be more pleased. Royal Colours is a careful horse and loved the track, JumpCross is a brilliant sport.
The course was well designed and required the rider to really think about the approach to fences and the speed you were travelling at.”
Riders took part in a two round competition, one in the morning and one in the afternoon with the scores from both rounds combining together to determine the winner.
Oliver Townend, riding Pepper Anne. finished second after two good rounds. Oliver is a regular at the Lincoln JumpCross Challenge and this time he managed to scoop the £2,250 second place prize.
For further information, please contact JumpCross on (01780) 782356 or visit www.jumpcross.com
Lincoln JumpCross Eventer’s Challenge
1st Fiona Hobby, Royal Colours 2nd Oliver Townend, Pepper Anne 3rd Zoe Adams, Satonamillion 4th Angus Smales, The Pilgrims Progress 5th Jess Butler, Krafty Pat 6th Piggy French, Wutella
JumpCross Young Rider Challenge supported by Lincoln
1st Rachel Dinwoodie, Ringwood Abi 2nd Lucy Jakes, Comet 3rd Annie McIntosh, Jack 4th Charlie Bowman, Cider Glider 5th Louise Bodily, Lottie 6th Ross Hemmings, Honestleigh Humbug
Lincoln JumpCross Team Challenge
1st Rachel Dinwoodie and Daniel Delsart 2nd Lucy Jakes and Jolyse Clancey 3rd Annie McIntosh and Laura Shears 4th Charlie Bowman and Emma Hyslop 5th Louise Bodily and Oliver Townend 6th Ross Hemmings and Angus Smales