Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Qualifying Win Secures World Class Final Place

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Qualifying Win Secures World Class Final Place

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Byline: Anna Harris

CLEVELAND show jumper Pippa Allen has booked her place in the World Class Programme Under-23 Championship final.

Pippa, who is a member of the UK Sport National Lottery-funded World Class Podium Potential Programme, won the second qualifying class in the 2016 series at Aintree Equestrian Centre.

In a class of 36 combinations, 11 horses went into the jump off and four pairs produced double clears. But it was Pippa who went quickest on board John McGeogh's Hope Springs as they clocked a time of 33.97 seconds in the final round.

Nicole Holmen took second place on board Cochella, owned by Hennings & Reiner Detlef, after finishing on 36.19 seconds.

Graham Gillespie claimed third on board his mount Celine, finishing just under a tenth of a second behind on 36.27 seconds.

Pippa, of Stainsby Grange Equestrian Centre near Thornaby, said: "I felt really good and I was really confident about my horse who I have been working with for the last 18 months.

"The jump-off really suited him as there were a lot of oxers and I could really trust his scope to jump them.

"He's really quick against the clock and for a big horse he can turn like a little pony."

Miles O'Donnell and Borsato (owned by, David Platt, Rosalind Platt, Claire O'Donnell & David O'Donnell) just missed out on a place in the top three after also posting a double clear as they stopped the clock in 37.74 seconds.

Amy Inglas finished fifth with Everyway (owned by Belle Grey Farm); James Shore took sixth with Coriander Van't Vennehof (owned by Jonna & Charlotta Sundblad) and Bryony Ward place seventh with Mill Hollow Clouding (owned by Miss E Hudson). The Championship is supported by equine feed manufacturer Dodson & Horrell, which has a history of support in equestrian sports across all levels, from sponsorship of the British Dressage Novice Championships, the British Showjumping Amateur & Veteran Championships and The Festival of British Eventing Novice Championship to title sponsorship of the iconic Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials. …

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