Campbell Thompson wins national minor veteran riders championship

Campbell Thompson wins national minor veteran riders championship

 Minor veteran riders champion Campbell Thompson & Rubiroso JX © Majestic Photography

 

The Dodson & Horrell National Amateur & Veteran Championships (16th – 20th November) held at Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool are one of the highlights of the national showjumping calendar. Once again, six National Championship titles were up for grabs which accumulated in five days of ultra-competitive showjumping.

 

The National Amateur Championships gave amateur riders and horses the opportunity to contest an end of year final across four different heights of fences – 0.85cm, 0.95cm, 1.05m and 1.10m. The Championships also played host to the National Veteran Riders Championships, which are spilt into minor and major categories.

 

Sam Horrell, CEO at Dodson & Horrell said: “The National Amateur & Veteran Championships are a fantastic event to be part of, we have been lucky enough to have supported it for a number of years and see it go from strength to strength. It’s great to see so many returning competitors and our congratulations go to all the championship winners. The event would not be such a success without the excellent organising team at Aintree Equestrian Centre, British Showjumping and of course all the competitors, friends and families. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.”

 

Campbell Thompson from Tarporley, Cheshire notched up his first Championship win on board Rubiroso JX, a 12 year-old chestnut gelding owned by Keith Shore and in doing so, he beat thirty-three other combinations.

 

Campbell took victory from a six strong jump-off in which just three double clears were produced and his time of 38.07 seconds proved to be unbeatable. Talking after his win, a thrilled Campbell said “This win is a personal highlight for me as I’ve never won a Championship title before. I had two horses in the jump off and after falling from my first ride, it was great to go on and win.

 

“I’ve had the ride on Rubiroso JX for seven months now and last week, everything fell into place and we clicked. He felt beautiful in the jump off and was really trying for me over a strong course. He’s a big striding horse who turns neatly whilst moving on.”  

 

For a full list of results and further information about the Dodson & Horrell National Amateur & Veteran Championships, please visit www.aintreeequestriancentre.co.uk.