10:00am Thursday 26th January 2012
HINTON-BASED Alexander Peternell, who competes for his native South Africa, made an impressive debut in British Eventing’s (BE) national “JAS” (Jumping and Style) series, writes KATE HEALEY.
Peternell, married to international dressage rider Alice Peternell, claimed top spot in the Novice section at the qualifiers at Hartpury College near Gloucester on 10-year-old mare Vogue.
Peternell also qualified AP Not Landing in third place, just one mark behind his stablemate.
Bromham rider Libby Seed was fifth in the Novice qualifier on the 14.2hh pony Mr Vick, a new ride in 2011 who she took to the British Pony Championships at the Weston Park International Horse Trials last October.
The pair improved to finish second in the top Open section, the final qualifier of the day, just one cross country time penalty off first.
Lambourn’s Kate Honey was third and fourth in the Open qualifier on Carrowmore Gemstone and Fernhill Now or Never.
Chippenham-based 25-year-old Lucie McNicol, was third in the BE100 qualifier on the six year old Kington.
Swindon’s Alice Bibby, a member of the VWH Hunt Pony Club, was sixth on the 15.2hh mare Splash and Dash and finished fourth in the BE90 qualifier on new ride Phoenix Blessing.
Fellow VWH member Olympia Olympitis, a former Pinewood School pupil, was sixth in the BE90 class on the veteran pony Pembrey Hotstepper, who turns 17 this year.
Malmesbury’s Samantha Kellett was seventh on another evergreen pony, the 21 year old Granby Calief, and Swindon’s Amy Piatek 10th on Orpha Zanderbergs.
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