NORTH Park­lands EC, South Yorks | Ep­worth Eques­trian, North Lincs

Kerry Witham and her trainer Han­nah Es­berger-Han­cock were the queens of the novice classes, win­ning their sec­tions and one apiece over­all.


Kerry won the qual­i­fier over­all with a plus-70% score at Park­lands, rid­ing vet Michael Wharmby’s home-bred New­ton.

She started the San­dreo x Voltaire five-year-old, and says she’s learn­ing with him.

“To beat Han­nah was just un­be­liev­able,” she joked. “New­ton has plenty of at­ti­tude and he can throw his toys out of the pram, but when he’s on side, he’s amaz­ing. Han­nah has given me con­fi­dence and I hope he’s my horse of a life­time.”

Han­nah was rid­ing Iggy Pop, a Dream Boy four-year-old found in Holland by Henry Boswell.

“Henry called and said I’ve found you a small one,” said petite Han­nah, whose small tour ride Leonidas is 18.2hh. “He turned out to be a two-year-old and hasn’t stopped grow­ing, but I just adore him and feel a real con­nec­tion, so he’s a keeper. It’s like find­ing the man you want to marry.”

Iggy Pop, who is owned by Han­nah, her par­ents and BD north­ern re­gional de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Jo Byrne, will be aimed at five-year-old classes next year.

Re­becca Hutchin­son pi­loted Pauline Wood’s Shan­bally Shadow to two good-scor­ing pre­lim wins at Ep­worth, com­plet­ing his win­ter qual­i­fi­ca­tion in four tests.

The 15-year-old had been showjump­ing in Ire­land and was brought over for Pauline’s grand­daugh­ter, who is now trav­el­ling in Aus­tralia.

“I ride an­other for Pauline, and she en­joys dres­sage, so de­cided to af­fil­i­ate Shadow, too. He’s a hairy, coloured cob and I thought he was neat and obe­di­ent, but he’s rather sur­prised us all with his scores. He’s awe­some and a real sweet­heart,” said Re­becca, who works as a groom for dres­sage rider and trainer

Joyce Fearn.

‘I adore him, it’s like find­ing the man you want

to marry’

Kerry Witham wins a novice qual­i­fier on New­ton (San­dreo x Voltaire)

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