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Amy Thomson qualifies for the WOW Saddles Star Championships

As we follow the riders who have qualified for the WOW Saddles Star Championships, Amy Thomson tells us a bit more about her and her horses…

“I am 21 years old, a farmer’s daughter from a village called Dyffryn in Vale of Glamorgan. I currently have 3 competing horses and 2 young ones coming through. I event on my 14.2 piebald called Super Snoop and am hoping to do 1* events this year.  He has qualified for the Haygain Final at Blue Chip Championships. My top jumper Sunshine V has qualified for the WOW Saddles Star Championships. I have her since I was 17, I am currently the Dodson and Horrell 1.15m Amateur Champion held at Aintree last November. I have qualified for the WOW Star Qualifier this year and the British Amateur Finals held at Arena UK in April.”

“I am hoping to move Sunshine V and my other horse called Boheme up to County shows this summer. Boheme is a grade c gelding and I have had him about a year. He was 5th in the Dodson and Horrell 1.10m Amateur Championship. I was 4th in last year’s Star qualifier so I am hoping to go back and give it my best shot. I am also starting to break and produce a youngster at my yard in Dyffryn. I have just opened my Equestrian Centre called AJT Equestian, where I have a 65 x 35 outdoor arena with silica sand and Martin Collins fibre surface. I am holding my first show in March 15th and 16th, Combined Training Event. I also am starting up my own herd of cows at the farm. On ponies I jumped for the Welsh Showjumping team at 5 HPIs, 8th in the HOYS Foxhunter 2008, Pony Club Eventing Champion, Riding Club Dressage Champion. I also have passed my HGV so drive myself to shows, I currently self fund my competing but am on the look out for sponsors.”

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Vanessa Jobson-Scott qualifies for the WOW Saddles Star Championship

As we track the progress of the lucky riders who have qualified for the WOW Saddles Star Championships we hear from Vanessa Jobson-Scott who qualified Arthur van de Helle at Colraine…

“I have two horses, my mare Boheme Van De Ganzenakker (Bo) and Arthur Van De Helle (Arthur). We have had Bo about 4 months and Arthur about a month and we already have had a write up in Horse 7 Hound as Bo and I won 14 classes in 14 weeks! I qualified them both for the WOW Saddles Star Championships at Colraine, winning with Arthur and coming 3rd with Bo! I have also qualified for another class at the Blue Chip Winter Show Jumping Championships as well!”

“We are looking forward to Championships and also the Amateur finals as I’ve qualified for a few classes there too! Hopefully we want to compete at Hickstead this year and give the Derby a bash – the smaller version of course! But other than that just want to have fun and keep up the winning hopefully and start jumping the bigger tracks!”

“Mum is my trainer, Sally Jobson-Scott, and she is a very good one as I’ve only recently got back into my showjumping. Until 4 months ago I hadn’t competed since my junior days… I’m now 23 so that’s a 7 year gap!”

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Anna Peruzzi-Smith is on her way to the Championships

We are thoroughly enjoying chatting to some of the riders who have qualified for the WOW Saddles Star Championship series! Here Anna Peruzzi-Smith introduces herself…

“I was thrilled to win the qualifier at Easton College,” says Anna. “My horse, Hello Vegas, (William) is a 13 year old British Bred Chestnut Gelding by Hello Oscar and out of Clare Clover by Clover Hill. He is owned by myself and my father Peter Peruzzi and we purchased him at 18 months old. Our biggest win to date was winning a British Open Amateur Qualifier back in 2010 and we were 5th in the final. That was a fantastic experience!”

We wish Anna the best of luck in the run up to the Blue Chip Winter Show Jumping Championships at Hartpury in April.

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Joanne Burns qualifies for the WOW Saddles Star qualifier

As we follow the progress of some of our WOW Saddles Star Championship qualified riders we hear from Joanne Burns who qualified at Northallerton for the prestigious Blue Chip Winter Show Jumping Championships

“Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to WOW Saddles for sponsoring this series and supporting our sport! I won the qualifier at Northallerton on ‘Tempting Business’, Sunny to his friends. He was very spooky in the warm up class and put 2 strides in the one strided combination but in the qualifier settled and jumped a fantastic clear. In the jump off there were 7 of us so we all knew we had qualified so I threw caution to the wind and had a blast round. Sunny answered every question and flew round a good second in front of everybody else, I was really please with him!”

“I bought Sunny as a 6 month old weanling off a friend Laura Russell, I used to compete Sunny’s mother ‘Little Temptress’ who was a 15hh welsh section D x Swedish Warmblood and Laura had bought her from me. Sunny’s father is called Sunnora’s Son and his Grandsire is the well known It’s the Business.”

“Sunny started his career at the end of his 4th year of age as I had broken my leg and has been produced slowly, last year he was diagnosed with gastric ulcers and had to have some more time out. Sunny is now 6 rising 7, this year he has achieved all his double clears for next year’s Newcomers 2nd Rounds and we are now getting them for Foxhunter. Winning this qualifier was a real highlight as it will give Sunny the opportunity to compete in a championship arena and take in the colour, the pressure and the atmosphere, we will definately be attending the final, he is on a break now for christmas and whilst I go to Mexico to get married and then he will be back in work training ready for the Blue Chip Championships in April.”

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Congrats to Ian Wynne for qualifying for the WOW Saddles Star Championship

We are very proud to be sponsoring the WOW Saddles Star Championship this year and riders are qualifying left right and centre for the prestigious Blue Chip Winter Show Jumping Championships which will be held in April 2014. We hear from one of the riders, Ian Wynne about his qualification…

“I qualified at Croft Top Equestrian Centre near Accrington, Lancashire. The horse I won on is Don Douglas, a 16.2hh, gelding owned by Ann Wolley Dod who also bred him. He won the Star Championship final this year and we are obviously very pleased to have qualified this year to be able to try and win the final again (which will be very hard to do!).”

“He has been a horse of a lifetime, winning many major championships including the Amateur Title at HOYS and the now defunct British Open. Preparation will be nothing more than competing in the spring in the run up to the championships. I also qualified another horse in the same qualifier – Mirabella, a 13yr old chestnut mare!”