Yazmin Davis rounded off the opening day at this year’s Hartpury Showjumping Spectacular in style, by winning the National 1.40m Open right at the end of the day. The Dorset based 23-year-old, widely praised as a rising star in the showjumping world, put in a solid round of jumping stopping the clock at 34.13 seconds in the second phase and taking the £250 first prize.Yazmin’s success since moving on to horses in 2011 has included a win in the World Ranking Grand Prix CSI2* at the 2017 Scope Festival. Despite a stellar effort by Keith Doyle and his talented mount, Harlequin Dunraven, a time of 36.58 seconds in the second phase meant they had to settle for second.
A strong field of 23 contested the final class on day one with last year’s Area Trial winner Greg Hill taking part aboard Euro Star Blue. Kathryn Ellison and Ge Palve looked eye-catching early on in the class with a second phase time of 37.11 seconds, earning them third place overall.
It was a successful if not slightly frustrating afternoon for Kathryn who also came close in the Just Poles and Showjumps National 1.30m Open, putting in a solid performance onboard Hanleen Sultis and earning second place behind popular rider Helen Rees with a time of 33.12 seconds. Rees looked effortless aboard Bart VI, shaving off the final turn and stopping the clock at 32.40 seconds, ultimately securing victory.
A mammoth field of 54 came forward for the class and Georgia Lovett and Westend Gunner picked up a handy third placing with a time of 33.76 seconds.
Local rider Nick Edwards and Copain looked on flying form, with one extra pull stopping the clock at 35.18 seconds, good enough for fourth. Nick’s first day at Hartpury was a positive one with a second place in the Connolly’s Red Mills Senior Newcomers First Round onboard Rubi Masquerade. A time of 39.95 seconds could only be bettered by ultimate winner Thomas Dovkants and Zaza Z with 39.62 seconds.
Nick did win the 1.15m Open aboard Royal Trooper II with a striking clear in a time of 35.91 seconds. He also finished in third in the Equitop Myoplast Senior Foxhunter First Round onboard Idodinus PP, a class won by Helen Rees aboard Bianca Du Rouet.
This was the first time the Showjumping Spectacular has ran on Thursday, and the weather was warm and dry for those in attendance.
“We are delighted to have enjoyed such a successful opening day at the 2019 Showjumping Spectacular, and it’s brilliant to see so many new and familiar faces jumping at Hartpury once again” said Philip Cheetham, Director of Equine.
“The additional day has enabled us to add new classes including a Discovery Second Round, and to enable competitors to enjoy a more comprehensive offering at all levels across the show” he added.
The action continues until Sunday.
Click here to view the full results from the 2019 Showjumping Spectacular.
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