THE A.W. JENKINSON NATURAL FLAKE ELITE SHOW JANUARY 25-28TH.
This popular and always well supported Elite Show provided four days of top class show jumping all the way through to the A.W. Jenkinson Natural Flake grand prix which was won in brilliant style by Richard Howley.
Riding Electra B, Richard made two breath taking turns before running on to the final fence to secure victory.
“We are just a few months into our partnership, but Electra is a very consistent mare who is ultra-careful.
Aintree courses are always quite testing and up-to-height and I came here specifically to warm up for the Spanish Sunshine Tour and it has proved the ideal preparation,” said Richard.
Sixteen combinations came through to the final jump-off, where local rider and runner up Julie Andrews and Ayrton IV briefly held the lead with a fast and fluent double clear.
Richard Howley was not to be denied though and Electra B answered every call to post the winning time.
The Wetherby based Irishman signalled his intentions on the first day of this show as he took the top two places in a hotly contested 1.30m competition riding Cruising Star, who finished seventh in the final grand prix and Electra B.
Journeying as far north as he had ever competed, Adam Ellery made a productive first visit to Aintree as the Somerset based rider was consistently in the ribbons.
Riding Fairway, Adam topped the Blue Chip Karma qualifier after steering inside routes all the way and Fairway took an absolute flier at the last.
“She likes to go forward, but I was quicker than I thought,” said Adam, who finished ahead of Claire West (Courageux) and Chris Smith (Footloose LG).
More tickets to the Blue Chip Championships were on offer in the Dynamic B&C qualifier which was won in great style by Holly Smith and the impressive jumping stallion Fruselli, who recently jumped two of the world rankings classes at Liverpool International Show.
“He was only jumping at Foxhunter level in the summer, but he has come on a lot over the past few months and he has stepped up to bigger classes with ease,” said Holly.
Taking the next two places were Jessica Crosby (Harvey) and Jake Elliott (Django Blue).
Sarah Williams used her late draw to best advantage to win the British Showjumping winter amateur qualifier riding the homebred 10-year-old Calvaro Star.
Jumping third last of 20 combinations coming through to contest the jump-off, Sarah, who was an exhibitor here cruised inside all the way.
“Being busy with the tack stand doesn’t give me much time to ride at home, but she is so honest and always looks after me,” said Sarah, who finished ahead of show sponsor Richard Jenkinson (Culto) and Samantha Sellars (Nonstop III).
While every class had capacity entries and were hard fought at this meeting, the upper height classes provided some of the most thrilling finales.
Aintree specialist Paul Barker rarely leaves without a win and he topped two absolute thrillers with Cartouche II (Pogo).
“These are always fast classes, but Pogo has a big stride and he knows how to turn tight,” said Paul, who was also placed several times with Lux Fabulous and Sandors Legacy.
Also gaining a winning double was Ben Walker who had to pull out all the stops to head a blanket finish in a strong 1.40m riding Roulette H and he followed that up with a second (1.30m) win riding Victory VI.
Photos by Majestic Photography