Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pippa and Yasmin Steal the Honours

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pippa and Yasmin Steal the Honours

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Byline: By Neil B Jones

North-East junior showjumpers outshone their senior counterparts to win two coveted titles during the six-day Easibed BSJA/Scope Festival of Show Jumping Championships at Staffordshire County Showground.

Over 2,000 horse entries were taken for the UK Championship classes and the main sponsor agreed to supply Easibed Premium dust free bedding for all of the anticipated 1000 temporary stables on the showground.

The two juniors, Pippa Allen on the 128cm pony Silver Wonder and Yasmin Tanfield on Duncryes Jungle Bunny ( both based at Stainsby Grange Equestrian Centre in Cleveland ( took the Mike Willett National 128cm Championship and Golden Bear National Tiny Tots Championship.

Three of the region's senior showjumpers were among the entry of 168 for the Smarter-Builder 1.15m National Championship ( split into two odd/even competitor number qualifying rounds.

All three made it into the 32-horse final, including 20-year-old Carla Bolam ( taking time off from her duties at the Equine Unit of Houghall College, where she studied for two years on the National Diploma in Horse Management. Carla rode Sheena Robson's 15.3hh 14-year-old Welsh cob cross TB chestnut gelding, Keep Ticking.

Their chance to qualify came on the same day as Carla's 20th birthday, so there was double celebration when the pair were second in their qualifying class of 90, putting them straight through to the Championship. It also made them eligible to compete in the Relay Class, riders were teamed with an international rider to compete against other teams.

However, in the 1.15m final an electric atmosphere and decoration of the main arena led to momentary distraction for Keep Ticking, who dropped a pole at the second element of the double to blight an otherwise faultless round.

Keep Ticking has been placed every time out this season winning approximately pounds 600 and took a second in the 1. …

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