Everything Horse magazine February 2014 - Page 16

BS Update Written by Jennifer McAloon It was a very good start to the year for British Show-jumpers with Scott Brash and Ben Maher taking the top spots in the FEI World Rankings. Scott ended the year in the top spot after winning the Longines Global Tour Championships with Hello Sanctos knocking Ben Maher down to second. . Back in September Ben Maher was the first British show-jumper in 20 years to secure the first place in the FEI World Rankings. Scott Brash, 28, who finished 2nd in the Rolex Grand Prix in Geneva in December was also awarded the Olympic Athlete of the Year honour in Equestrianism from the British Olympic BS Area Updates East Midlands Arena UK Lincolnshire Arena UK hosted a 4 day New Years Bash accumulating with the 1.30 m Grand Prix. The £1000 first prize was won by young rider Jessica Hewitt on Zaronda II. Jessica was the first clear in the jump off and led from there to secure the title. Unfortunately Arena UK’S Senior Premier Show, which was due to run 16th - 19th January has been cancelled due to lack of entries. Their next show will be the BS Winter Novice 24th 26th January before being closed for most of February due to construction works. Northern South View, Cheshire The Fairfax Winter JA Classic Campaign kicked off at South View on 4th and 5th of January with the 148cm Pony Premier show. Across the two days there were 45 starters with 26 combinations on the Saturday and 19 competing for Sundays qualifier. The riders each day were competing for one of three places on offer for the Fairfax Winter JA Classic Championship which will be held in July at the British Masters 3* International Horse Show. Saturday saw just 6 of the 26 make it through to the jump off which was won by 13 year old Jodie Hall McAteer of Hertfordshire on board the 16 year old mare Tixylix with a treble 16 Association. Other winners included athlete Mo Farah and Tennis champion Andrew Murray. Ben Maher kicked of 2014 with his Grand Prix win at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival , Palm Beach, Florida. The event on the 12th January saw Ben win the 30,000 dollar prize aboard Kavanagh IV with an unbeatable time of 35.017 seconds. The 12 year old gelding is a relatively new ride for Ben and joined his yard in the autumn from Laura Renwick’s yard. Ben currently tops the BS British rankings list in which Scott Brash is second and Nick Skelton third. clear. Second place went to the only other combination with a treble clear, Robert Murphy and Aroldo. The final qualifier place on Saturday was awarded to 14 year old Charlotte Ash from Tyne and Wear. During Sunday’s class only 5 of the 19 competitors made it to the jump off with the top 3 places being awarded to those who went onto achieve a treble clear. In other news….. Sir Shutterfly, the full brother to the legendary show jumper Shutterfly, has moved to the UK. He will stand at Fairlight Stud in North Somerset. It has been confirmed that the German host Aachen will not host a fixture as part of the 2014 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup this year. It is thought that this is the first time since the competition began in the 1920s that Aachen has not hosted. It has been replaced by Lummen in Belgium. The British Breeders Awards Dinner 2014 took place on Saturday 11th January at The Grange City Hotel in London. The event which recognises breeders of British horses across all disciplines saw the Billy Studs show jumper Billy Congo presented with the British Equestrian Federation award for the highest placed British bred team GBR horse at the 2013 European Championships. The Billy Stud were further recognised with the British Showjumping Young Horse award in the 5 year old category with Billy Yen. Dates for your Diary 2014 Royal Windsor Horse Show - 14th - 18th May British Show-jumping Derby Meeting Hickstead - 26th-29th June Longines Royal International Horse Show - 29th July - 3rd August Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 23rd August - 7th September Arena UK Festival of Show jumping 22nd - 28th September Horse of the Year Show - 8th - 12th October London International Horse Show Olympia - 15th - 21st December 1st Emma Shingles - Lea du Genier 2nd Alex Gill - Amman Valley Santino 3rd Abbie Bevan - Forthview Master The next two qualifiers are due to be held at Hand Equestrian Centre, Avon on the 18th and 19th January South East Bury Farm, Bucks Bury Farm’s first major show of 2014 was the BS Development Classic 11th - 12th January, in which riders were competing for qualification for the RIHS , Blue Chip Winter Championship and Olympia’s Young Rider. Both Michael Whitaker and Tim Stockdale were competing however the one to watch was young rider 14 year old Emily Ward. Emily won the Dodson and Horrell World U23 British Championship Class aboard Wild Rose II qualifying for Olympia 2014. The unstoppable pair then w