Evening of Great Entertainment and Sport
Hospitality and grandstand guests enjoyed great entertainment and sport during the evening Gala which commenced with the Kingsland Challenge, eight rider/pony combinations delighting the crowd with a mix of high octane jumping and the Kingsland obstacle challenge.
It was then on to the Master Class by former Olympic rider Graham Fletcher who shared his thoughts that flatwork alone could be boring for both horse and rider and for this reason they use poles to work their horses in at home which really grabs the horse’s attention.
Oliver and William Fletcher and Lila Bremner demonstrated canter pole work with 5 strides between poles, progressing on to canter cavaletti poles and finished the Master Class with a display of how they practice their jump off turns over a serpentine shape of set of fences. They were then joined by TV Impressionist Rory Bremner whose first impression was Graham and finished up with an impression of Donald Trump extoling the virtues of horses who are can jump over a Mexican wall. Spectators had education and entertainment all rolled into one.
Blue Chip Grand Prix
From a field of 47 there were only seven combinations who made it to the Jump Off. Course Designer Nigel Jess, who is mentored by Olympic Course Designer Bob Ellis, produced a thought provoking technical track that only seven combinations fount the right key and answers to.
With a total of 5 clears in the Jump off the leader was determined when Nicole Pavitt and Paris 16 entered the arena taking breath-taking turns to produce a clear in a time of 36.35, last to go was Oliver Fletcher and Temple Rebus in a time of 38.12 putting him in the second spot.
It was show jumping at its best and the applause from the spectators showed their approval for Nicole Pavitt on the homebred Paris 16 whose sire is Don VHP Z the 5* ride of Harrie Smolders.