Unaffiliated Showjumping – 4th March 2018

4th March 2018 all-day


One of the youngest riders dominated the junior jumping classes, eight-year-old Lily Edwards gaining a winning treble riding her ponies Adam and Forever Star Turns.

Lily opened her account in the 50cm beginner class, where Adam gained a decisive 3 second win over Charles Lavin riding Lolly.

Adam is only just back in action after under-going colic surgery last year and he scooted round and hugged the wings at every turn.

While Adam was given plenty of time to recover, Lily lost no time getting to grips with her new partner, the 148cm pony Forever Star Turns (Star), who, apparently loves to bed himself down at home.

Lily never missed a beat with Star and the youthful 21-year-old gelding carried his little jockey to two brilliant wins in the 70cm pre-novice and 80cm pre-novice.

“Star is an easy pony to ride and I knew he was a good pony to turn, so when I walked the course, I made my mind up where we could save time,” said Lily, who produced an ultra-turn back in both classes to secure her wins.

Anais Fahy won the opening junior cross poles in fine style riding Onchoa.

Eight-year-old Anais has been a regular pupil at local riding stables, but this was her first ever show and only the second time she had ridden Gemma Hennen’s Onchoa.

Gemma bought the nine-year-old grey gelding last October for her daughter Jess to grow into, but in the meantime, Anais will ride and compete him.

“He’s an amazing pony who jumps really fast and he did some tight turns,” said Anais.

Despite a hairy moment when she lost her stirrup on a turn to the last fence, Tallya Trubshaw topped the junior 60cm class riding Senateview Storyteller (Benji).

Tallya was delighted to receive Benji as a surprise 13th birthday present six months ago and this was their fifth outing.

“He can be cheeky, but in a nice way and he loves to go forward and jump,” said Tallya who has lessons at Newhill House.

Some of the loudest cheers of the day went to Jana Carney who rode her pony Trixies Silver Spirit side-saddle.

Warrington rider Jana and Trixie produced three double clears to be placed third (cross poles), sixth (50cm) and fifth (60cm) in all three of her classes.

Melissa Dyer won the final junior class of the day riding Whitley Village Fantasia who produced the only double clear round to head the 90cm open.

Shannon Wright and Bentley M (Boris) have lost no time in striking up a winning partnership, the pair producing two confident double clear rounds to win the senior 70cm and 80cm classes.

Shannon, who works at John Shaw Equestrian near Manchester bought Boris six months ago when the former ride of Phoebe Tiernan came on to the yard.

“I rode him once and bought him a week later and he’s been the perfect choice for my first jumping horse.

He knows his job and he’s quick to react and when I’m a bit more confident, I hope to progress to affiliated classes” said Shannon.

Sophie Edmunds had some pretty fast rounds to chase in the 90cm class, but she produced a super economical round from Lissyegan Magic (Lissy) to relegate the early leaders Milly Rodman riding Alekto M.

Sophie bought her eight-year-old unbroken and has backed and produced her throughout.

The Irish bred mare bred out of Millenium Lass by a traditional cob stallion thrives on hunting with the Cheshire Drag and hunter trials.

“She’s careful and she turns well, but she can be quite opinionated.

Today she was jumping so big, I had to grip on for dear life,” said Sophie.

Other senior winners were Samantha Birch (Little Miss Non Strop) and Emily Leah (Tia) who topped the 1.0m and 60cm classes.