Horse & Hound - - Show Jumping -

LO­CAL rider Ge­off Billing­ton dou­bled up on his Blue Chip tick­ets when Kewi Con­nec­tion fin­ished se­cond. The horse is owned by BS Area 22 (Stafford­shire) rep­re­sen­ta­tive Katie McCreath and her daugh­ter Su­san.

Ge­off has rid­den the daugh­ter of Con­tendro I for the past two sea­sons and found her a lit­tle bit dif­fi­cult at first, but af­ter solv­ing a par­tic­u­larly frus­trat­ing prob­lem a few months ago, Ge­off feels they have now turned a cor­ner.

“She would of­ten shoot away from my leg and be­come dis­united on the corners. We couldn’t work why she was do­ing this and then thought she might have been catch­ing her­self be­hind, so we put over­reach boots over her hind feet. It might at­tract a few strange looks at shows, but it’s solved the prob­lem as she’s a lot more balanced and level now,” said Ge­off.

Adding to the sta­ble’s rib­bon haul on the day were Sarah Billing­ton and Ty­balt JX, who won the Bri­tish novice and dis­cov­ery classes.

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