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Martin Brake qualifies Karen Johnson’s mare Petal for the WOW Saddles Star Championship

As we follow the progress of some of the rider’s who have qualified for the prestigious WOW Saddles Star Championship, which will be held at the Blue Chip Winter Show Jumping Championships in April 2014, we hear about Martin Brake’s win at Kingston Maurward, qualifying Quenza des Tuilieres (Petal to her friends) for her owner Karen Johnson.

Martin has been riding Petal for about 1 year, he only meets her at the shows and works full time with show jumping being his hobby. Karen prepares the mare herself from home. Petal is very well bred, by Zandor Z , and was bred in France. “It was a very wet and windy day, but we all are so keen to qualify for the Blue Chip Championships, it didn’t matter,” says Martin. “As usual for these qualifiers, the weather doesn’t put anyone off, and they are always really competitive, with people traveling out of their areas to try to qualify. There were 16 really good horses and riders in the jump off – I had 2 horses through to the final round – Petal and Snowy. I was drawn early with Petal and did a fast clear round, which really put the pressure on the other competitors! Then I tried to beat my own time with Snowy – ended up 1 second slower to finish 3rd! Karen couldn’t watch any of the rounds as the pressure was really on – with only a few chances to qualify! We have booked our parking spot at the final already!”

Petal at Hand

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.”