Young Isle of Man eventer Yasmin Ingham has won the coveted Charles Owen British Pony Championship, held at Brand Hall at the weekend.
The 16-year-old from Greeba rode Craig Mor Tom to win on their dressage mark of 38.8. Their cross-country round was faultless and just inside the optimum time and they then jumped an immaculate show jumping round to seal the championships, near Market Drayton in Shropshire.
The event featured 37 riders from around Britain.
“Tom felt incredible and perfect in every phase across the three days,” Ingham said. “His dressage mark was our best ever at FEI level. Then he was straight as a die around the cross country course which I thought was a very testing Championship course, but he didn’t run out of steam and just loved it.
Craig Mor Tom (Tom) is a chestnut 12-year-old gelding of unknown breeding.
“I was very nervous going into the showjumping phase so I was over the moon to have jumped clear and win the title,” she said.
“The support from the many friends I have made through the British Eventing Pony Trials circuit was amazing plus everyone back home on the Isle of Man are really behind me.”
Ingham is currently in the middle of sitting her GCSE exams at Queen Elizabeth II High School on the Island where she hopes to continue on to undertake A-Levels with a view to riding professionally in the future.
In second place was 15 year old Rose Nesbitt from Ludlow in Shropshire riding her own bay gelding Carrowmore Gemstone (15 years old of unknown breeding) on a score of 43.9. The gelding was formerly campaigned by Rose’s elder sister Louise, a combination who received double European silver in 2012. Nesbitt’s second place comes as a very impressive result in her first season of Pony Trial level competition.
Behind Nesbitt in third place was 14 year old Chelsea Pearce from Marlborough in Wiltshire riding the experienced bay mare Catherston Nutsafe (17 years old by Catherston Nightsafe) to finish on a score of 47.8.
The long list for the 2013 Charles Owen Pony squad to represent Britain at this year’s FEI Pony European Championships from July 16 to 21 at Arezzo in Italy will be made later this week.
Brand Hall’s Charles Owen National Pony Championships top ten:
1 CRAIG MOR TOM Miss Yasmin Ingham, 38.80
2 CARROWMORE GEMSTONE Miss Rose Nesbitt, 43.90
3 CATHERSTON NUTSAFE Miss Chelsea Pearce, 47.80
4 THREE WELLS BREEZE Miss Charlotte Bacon, 48.10
5 SPIRIT VI Mr Thomas Tulloch, 55.90
6 THE SKY MASTER Miss Francesca Sargent, 56.30
7 A TOUCH OF SPICE Miss Diana Bevan, 56.50
8 HOWEN LOGANBERRY Miss Isabelle Upton, 57.40
9 GOOMBAY SMASH Miss Ellie Williams, 58.70
10 MR OTTO Miss Jessica West, 59.00