Dorset based showjumper Yazmin Davis clinched victory in the penultimate qualifying leg of the 2017 World Class Programme Under 23 British Championships at Addington Equestrian Centre, finishing three seconds clear of the rest of the field.
The 23 year-old produced a superb double clear with Zilvester II, owned by Alison Davis, and finished with a time of 35.11 seconds in the jump-off to take top spot in the final class of the weekend that featured 35 combinations.
Last year the combination finished third in the final at Olympia, the London International Horse Show and this win will put them back in contention for this year’s main event.
Yazmin, who is also on the BEF Excel Talent Programme, said: “I thought it was a very technical course and it showed as there were only three double clears in the class. I didn’t see how quick the other pairs went in the jump-off but we just tried to take on the turns and push until the final fence.
“Silver [Zilvester II] is on really good form at the moment and I hope that we can continue this going into Olympia.”
Second place went to Harry Wainwright and Diana Fairclough’s Pinheiro Beech, closely followed by James Wilson and Escola M, owned by Susan Larson.
- Yazmin Davis and Zilvester II, owned by Alison Davis = 0/0 - 35.11 seconds*
- Harry Wainwright and Pinheiro Beech, owned by Diana Fairclough = 0/0 - 38.16
- James Wilson and Escola M, owned by Susan Larson = 0/0 - 39.53
- Jack Whitaker and El Wee Widge, owned by Michael Whitaker = 0/4 - 36.41
- Mark Turnbull and Cartouch III, owned by Mary Turnbull = 0/4 - 36.94
- Millie Dickinson and Cairo Z II, owned by Jan Dickinson = 0/4 - 40.64
- Jordan Gann and Billy Jean V, owned by Julia Gann = 0/4 - 43.13
*= first round penalties/ jump-off penalties – jump-off time in seconds.
The next qualifier will take place 16 -19 November 2017 at Morris Equestrian Centre.
The final of the Under 23 Championships will take place on the morning of Saturday 16 December 2017 at Olympia, the London International Horse Show.
For more information on the series click here.
The World Class Programme aims to provide Britain’s elite riders with the best preparation to represent Equestrian Team GBR on the international stage and is funded by National Lottery and Exchequer funds via UK Sport.