Jodie Amos and Wise Crack seal eventing’s Britannia League

Jodie Amos (GBR) and Wise Crack in the CCI3* at Bramham. © Mike Bain
Jodie Amos (GBR) and Wise Crack in the CCI3* at Bramham. © Mike Bain

Jodie Amos has ridden Wise Crack to victory in British Eventing’s inaugural Britannia League for this season.

The series is for 3* horse and rider combinations who have not represented Britain at a senior European Championships.

Amos rode 10-year-old Wise Crack, whom she part owns with Nicola Coates, to third place in the CCI3* at Blenheim last month.

The 29-year-old from Southam in Warwickshire said the series had been “seriously competitive”.

“I started the season well, which prompted me to go to Bramham [where they finished 5th] rather than Tattersalls, but then Blair didn’t go according to plan so there was all to play for at Blenheim Palace,”  she said.

“I was delighted when I discovered that the League was for horse and rider combinations, rather than just riders; it makes it much fairer for those of us who don’t have a lot of horses at three star level. To be able to bid for such fantastic prize money is a huge incentive, plus the League offers a great opportunity to gain recognition for those of us who have not yet made it on to a senior team.”

The co-owners paths first crossed when Amos sold Coates a horse several years ago. “Nicola started coming to me for lessons, and then offered to buy me a horse. She has been an incredibly supportive owner, never putting pressure on me,” Amos said.

“We bought Wise Crack as a five-year-old [he’s now 10], and definitely needed to use our imagination! He hadn’t had the best of starts in life, and was very quirky, sharp and spooky. But then again, the good ones tend to be quirky.

Blenheim CCI3* winners Frances Whittington and Easy Target.
Frances Whittington and Easy Target. © Nigel Goddard/KSDigital Photography
“We took our time and he turned the corner. There’s definitely more to come from him, and I’m thrilled to have been able to reward Nicola’s patience.”

Wise Crack, who is by the Russian bred purebred arabian Phormative and from the Irish Sport Horse mare Jokeress, is now enjoying a well-earned holiday.

He finishes the season with 197 League points. Fourteen points off the pace, in second place, are Francis Whittington and Catherine Witt’s Easy Target. They shot up the leaderboard following their CCI3* win at Blenheim. In third place, on 173 points, are Louise Harwood and Roy Baker and Emma Baker-Jones’s Whitson. The combination is entered for the CCI4* at Pau later this month.

The leading riders and owners have been invited by British Eventing to the EHOA Dinner, Dance and Awards evening, at The Vineyard, Stockcross, Berkshire on November 1. There, Amos will be awarded a cheque for £5000, Whittington a cheque for £3000 and Harwood a cheque for £1000. Nicola Coates will take home a large bronze, to keep for the year, as well as a replica memento.

Louise Harwood and Whitson
Louise Harwood and Whitson. © Al Crook

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