Sarah Collins and 22-year-old Armons Fantasia won the prix st georges (PSG) freestyle at Myerscough at what could be their last competition.
“Because of his age, I do stick to the freestyles now as I can tailor the floorplan to his strengths, which just takes the pressure off him,” explained Sarah, who trains with Adam Kemp. “The thing is, I’m pregnant, so it will be a question of finding another PSG freestyle to compete in while I can still fit into my breeches — I'm not sure how long that will be!”
Sarah bought Armons Fantasia, by Rockhill Admiral out of a thoroughbred mare, as a yearling, so they have learnt everything together.
“He is such a dude,” she said. “A bargain basement, who has turned into an absolute superstar.”
The inter I freestyle was won by Sue Carson riding SCS Bonsai on a score of 67.24%, although everyone was far more interested in the new Chihuahua/Jack Russell puppy, Tiny Tim, whom she picked up on the day.
Jacqueline Byrne was the one to beat at Arley Moss, winning both prelims with Going For
Gold, and the novice qualifier with Narita. Going For Gold is owned by Bobby Warburton and is showjumping-bred by Orlando while Narita is by Pro-Set.
Both competed at the summer regionals and Jacqueline is now chasing winter qualification.
“Once we’ve secured that, I’ll move up to elementary with Narita as she’s ready,” said Jacqueline, who trains with Vera Holden.
Sarah Collins and her 22-year-old ‘bargain basement’ superstar, Armons Fantasia, by Rockhill Admiral, claim a PSG freestyle win