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.”
WOW Sponsored rider Philip Spivey tells us what has been going on in his latest blog…
“It has been a month of local shows, taking different lots of horses to get out competing and it has been very successful, I went to one show and won every class I jumped in! I am currently jumping at Addington, at their Spring Classic Show and so far so good.
Smirnov is jumping very well, we had an unlucky pole in the HOYS qualifier but have another chance this weekend! Cirocco is winning nearly every class he is entered in and all the horses are generally going well.
I took Virgina and Graffiti to a demo at Otley College earlier on this week and they were both very well behaved and gave me an easy job! The focus on the demo was fittening the show jumper and it was run in conjunction with Saracen Horse Feeds. We spent lots of time working on gymnastic work such as bounces which I call ‘horsey press ups’. To me show jumping is the middle distance training, you don’t need the same level of fitness that the event horses have as usually you only need to perform for 1 minute to 1 minute 3o seconds maximum. It depends on the age and level of the horse but we hack our horses around twice a week and then they get harder work 3 times. Now that the weather is a bit better they can also go out and enjoy the odd afternoon in the field too!”