Jackson ex­cels at Chil­ham

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Ash­ford rider Tom Jackson’s third place on Ado­nis III was the high­light of his suc­cess­ful week­end at Chil­ham Horse Tri­als

The 21-year-old from Bethers­den recorded a dou­ble­clear to fin­ish be­hind New Zealand’s Caro­line Pow­ell (RCA Tiger Rose), and Sam Penn (Gloris Flight) in the BE100 class.

Jackson said: “It was a fan­tas­tic week­end with all five of my horses fin­ish­ing in the top-10 with Katya and Dolly also scor­ing dou­ble clears, and be­ing placed in their first fouryear-old class.”

Tom said: “Dolly has jumped dou­ble clears at all her com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son from BE90 to novice, an amaz­ing record.”

It was a fam­ily af­fair too, as Tom’s mother, Sara, was one of the course vol­un­teers.

Jackson com­petes at Somer­ford Park at Con­gle­ton in Cheshire to­mor­row (Fri­day), hop­ing to re­tain his place in the Team GB Young Rid­ers squad for the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Por­tu­gal next month.

He helped Bri­tain win a sil­ver medal in Jardy, France, last year.

He said: “I have been longlisted with my horse, 11-yearold Waltham Fid­dlers Find.

“It’s an Open In­ter­me­di­ate class, in­volv­ing dres­sage, cross­coun­try and show jump­ing.

“The selec­tors then meet on Satur­day morn­ing when the team will be named.”

Mean­while, Chil­ham proved a suc­cess­ful week­end for New Zealand com­peti­tors, with Jonelle Price and Jonathan Paget – along with Pow­ell mem­bers of the bronze medal win­ning three-day event team at the Lon­don Olympics – also win­ning classes.

Price won the CIC In­ter­na­tional Class on Cloud Dancer II, while Paget com­pleted a hat-trick of Novice wins in the Bar­retts Jaguar Open, Fur­ley Page Novice Sec­tion H, and Novice Sec­tion I on Che­quers Play The Game, Clifton Dickara and An­gus Blue re­spec­tively.

Price said: “I en­tered at the last minute due to my horse not be­ing able to run the pre­vi­ous week­end.

“I will def­i­nitely be back next year with more horses.”

The rain the pre­vi­ous night pro­vided near per­fect go­ing, which proved good news for the 600 horses and rid­ers tak­ing part.

Es­tate agents Fox­wood Ma­clean and ac­coun­tants Chavereys were two other spon­sors of the event.

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