Dodson & Horrell National Amateur and Veteran Champions announced

Dodson & Horrell National Amateur and Veteran Champions announced

The ever-popular Dodson & Horrell National Amateur & Veteran Championships held at Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool from the 14th to 19th November were once again one of the highlights of the national show jumping calendar. Following six days of thrilling show jumping, six new national champions were crowned.

 

The National Amateur Championships give 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 National Veteran Riders Championships are spilt into minor and major categories.

 

Angela Mills from Haswell, County Durham notched up another championship win as she headed the Minor Veteran Riders Championship on her own 13 year old bay gelding, Quids In II. This partnership bettered 25 others as they ruled the 13 horse jump off with a double clear in 32.29 seconds.

 

Angela and Quids In II are championship regulars and after picking up the National Amateur 0.95m Championship last year, Angela was thrilled to be taking home another title.

 

“I am over the moon to have won. I have been really poorly so my preparation for these championships has been minimal but Quids In just proves what a fantastic horse he is. It was a competitive class, but he is so consistent and we were able to put in the winning round. I can‘t tell you how pleased I am!”

 

Derby’s Mark Thompson took the win in the 1.05m Amateur Championship and he did so with Hunky Dory III, a 10 year old chestnut mare owned by Michelle Yates. 44 contested the championship and the pair held their own in a competitive 21 horse jump off.

 

Mark knew that that only a quick double clear would do and Hunky Dory III stepped up in fine style as she flew through the finish clear in just 37.01 seconds.

 

“It feels really good to have won!” said Mark. “We have just missed out all week with the odd pole down so this was our last chance. It was a very quick class with each combination piling on the pressure. We were right at the end and I’m so pleased that we managed to do it.

 

“I have been riding Hunky Dory III for six years, I know her inside out and this makes taking the title even better!”

 

Levi Critchlow from Ormskirk, Lancashire scooped the 1.10m championship title with his seven year old chestnut gelding, Valarico. They produced a blistering double clear in 27.36 seconds after a 33 horse class was whittled down to a 14 horse jump off.

 

Over the challenging course, this pair showed their determination and an extremely pleased Levi said afterwards: “I am really made up to be taking home the title and to do it on home soil with a home produced horse was the icing on the cake.

 

“Valarico and I won both 1.05m and 1.10m qualifiers to get here. We finished with a time fault in the 1.05m final but it is a great feeling to be able to ask a little bit more of him in the 1.10m and for him to step up so solidly.” 

 

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