Jackson excels at Chilham
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.