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Other Sports - 29. March 2011.

Nicole wins U23 British Showjumping Championship Qualifier

The Hand Equestrian Centre in Clevedon, Avon, hosted the third qualifying competition for the jointly sponsored Team Murka and World Class Programme U23 British Championship Final that will take place at the London International Horse Show, Olympia in December 2011.

The competition, which is open to riders aged 23 years or under, attracted nineteen entrants who jumped an up to height course built by Peter Gillespie that produced ten clear rounds going into the jump-off.

With five riders again going clear time was of the essence in the jump-off, which was won by the experienced Nicole Pavitt riding Gemmaire Precious II in a time of 35.05 seconds, with Abbie Squires riding Enrique in second place in a time of 35.77 seconds. In third place was Emma Stoker riding China Blue in 37.79 seconds, fourth was Greg Taylor with Anuschka Gold in 39.66 seconds, 5th was Clark Glasgow riding Corlando of Cavallini in 44.17 seconds and in sixth place with four faults was Nathan Grant riding Cavallo Z in a time of 35.84 seconds.

Corinne Bracken, Junior and Young Rider Chef d’Equipe, who watched the class commented “The young riders made light work of Peter Gillespie’s first round course, however the talent of these young riders showed in the jump-off when the technicality of the course required more accurate riding. Without doubt, Nicole’s age and extra experience showed, she performed a turn that no-one else achieved which made her a very deserving winner”.

With the win at The Hand under her belt, Nicole lies in third place with 59 points in the qualifying league points table, in second place with 60 points is Emma Stoker and the current leader, Abbie Squires, has a total of 74 points.

Through the increased and generous support of Team Murka, there isa greater total prize fund of £1200 in each of the six qualifiers in the series, with the winner of each qualifier receiving £400 in prize money and £200 in value of Training Vouchers, which are awarded to the first six placed riders who are currently eligible for British Team selection. American national Clark Glasgow who finished in 5th place is therefore not eligible so his training vouchers were awarded to 7th placed Emily Davies.

A total of 24 riders will qualify for the Championship final at Olympia, with the top seventeen horse and rider combinations coming forward from the six qualifying competitions, based on league points accumulated from each combination’s best four results. Points are only awarded to riders who are currently eligible for British Team selection.

In addition to those seventeen qualified combinations, the five-horse/rider combinations from the 2011 British Young Rider team will automatically qualify. Should one of those horse/rider combinations be placed in the top seventeen combinations in the points league table, the league qualification will be awarded down the line. The final two riders will be “wild card” entries to make up the total twenty-four riders.

Team Murka is a sponsorship vehicle for showjumping and sailing and is committed to pursuing excellence in both sports. They sponsor British showjumper, Peter Charles, his family and his Team; supporting him to build a world class team of horses with a specific focus on the London Olympic Games in 2012.

Team Murka are currently involved in upgrading the main equestrian complex of the Central Russian Army Sporting Club in Moscow, as well as the organisation and prize money for a series of Summer and Winter showjumping competitions held at the facility. The main objective of these competitions is to raise the level of involvement and the standard of showjumping in Russia, including children, juniors and young riders, amateurs and professionals. Sponsorship also extends to supporting two Russian riders.

The World Class Development Programme is Lottery and Exchequer funded via UK Sport,and seeks to identify and develop talented athletes who have shown the potential to reach the world stage. The Programme underpins World Class Performance and, together with the Equine Pathway, they make up the Equestrian World Class Programme, incorporating the three Olympic sports of dressage, eventing and showjumping, and the Paralympic sport of para-equestrian dressage.

The Programmes work closely with the three British Equestrian Federation Olympic Member Bodies: British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping, whose own training and competition programmes work hand in hand with the programmes run within World Class.

There are a further three qualifying competitions in the series where riders can increase their league points, to be held at: Solihull Riding Club, 29th September – 2nd October; Aintree International Equestrian Centre; 3rd – 6th November; Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, 16th – 19th November, 2011. For more information, please visit the British Showjumping website.
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