Suffolk based showjumper Chloe Winchester recorded a superb win at the Dodson & Horrell and the World Class Programme Under 23 British Championship Qualifier on Saturday (5 December) at Arena UK in Lincolnshire - the first of next year’s series - to get her 2016 campaign off to a good start.
Aboard Gilly Winchester’s Avoca Valkyrie, the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Podium Potential rider, produced two stunning clear rounds, to finish top of the twenty-two strong leaderboard, stopping the clock just 1.25 seconds quicker than Durham’s Millie Allen (with Peter Allen and Udo Oppermann’s Balou Star). Alfie Bradstock completed the top three with KBIS British Insurance’s KBIS Caicos.
With seven clear rounds, and four double clears, produced across Di Boddy’s technical course, Di Lampard commented; “It was technically a very good course, and to see seven clears demonstrates the standard of jumping seen. Chloe and Millie were outstanding over the two rounds, particularly in the jump-off where Chloe’s slightly tighter line on the turn to the final double, showed the experience of the combination and secured the win.”
Yazmin Davis took fourth with Alison Davis’s Zilverster II, Jessica Crosby with Hemmingway owned by Pamela Crosby finished in fifth place, with Graham Babes and Boucheron, owned by Patricia Fraser taking sixth.
There was a total prize fund of £1,650 for the qualifier, with training vouchers to the value of £725 awarded to the first six prize-winning riders currently eligible for British Team selection. Through the qualifiers and an accumulation of points, riders will be aiming to qualify for next year’s Final.
The Championship is supported by Dodson & Horrell who is Europe's leading equine feed manufacturer and a highly respected worldwide authority on animal nutrition and feeding. Dodson & Horrell’s involvement of the Under 23 British Championship demonstrates their history of support in equestrian sports across all levels, from sponsorship of British Dressage, British Showjumping, Riding Club and Pony Club events to title sponsorship of the iconic Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials. In addition, as official supplier of nutrition to Equestrian Team GBR, Dodson & Horrell will play a pivotal advisory role in the lead up to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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.