Tattenhall, Chester, England – August 18, 2019 – The €25,200 Bolesworth Grand Prix CSI 2* brought the curtain down on the first and hugely successful Equitop Bolesworth Young Horse Championships CSI 2* yesterday at Bolesworth Castle in Tattenhall, Chester, England.
With 50 starters over the Rafael Suarez course in the International Arena, competition was fierce for the final competition.
Thirteen made it through to the second round with the stage set for an exciting finale in front of an enthusiastic crowd. The class really came alight with the seventh duo to go, Louise Simpson (GBR) and the stallion, Jenson 55 who moved at a quick pace across the arena, finishing clear in 36.71 seconds, a mark that would eventually earn them bronze honors.
Just two horses later and it was the turn of Annabel Shields (GBR) and the 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse grey mare Creevagh Carisma (Camiro de Haar Z), who took the class by storm, using her long stride to jump into the lead by two seconds for the delighted Durham rider, timed in 34.63 seconds.
“She has really stepped up to the bigger classes in recent months and just gets better and better” said Annabel.
“She has a big stride which really helped save time as there was quite a bit of galloping in between the fences and I also have a lot of trust in her.
“I have ridden her since last May but earlier this year bought her from Victoria Gibson who my dad (Robert) has trained.”
Known as Chloe at home, the mare competed in the Newcomer and Foxhunter finals at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) last year and Annabel has high hopes that she will go all the way to the top.
Following straight after and with a determined look, it was Anthony Condon (IRL) and Zira vh Kapelhof Z (Zurich x Quickfeuer van Koekshof) who battled hard in a bid for glory, just missing out on the win to take eventual second place backed by a penalty-free effort in 35.12 seconds.
Source: Press release by Tim Smith for Bolesworth Young Horse Champioships
Categories: CSI 2*