Brook Farm, Essex | Anvil Park Stud, Norfolk A rider made a winning return to competition post-surgery.
Jess Clarke rode Pippa Childerhouse’s eight-year-old mare, TT Amika, to two plus-72% elementary wins at Anvil Park Stud.
The 16.1hh home-bred mare is by Pippa’s stallion Amour G, out of Rhiannon V, by Medoc. All three are British-bred and have national championship placings.
This, however, was a first show back for the combination since Jess was forced out of the saddle for four weeks following surgery for a hernia.
“I started riding again only two weeks ago and decided to try to qualify for something before the cut-off date. We only have two outings to play with, but Molly was everything I needed her to be at Anvil — in front of my leg and responsive, so much so that a few people commented on how easy the tests looked,” said the freelance rider and trainer.
She added: “It’s an incredible feeling to be riding one of Amour G’s home-bred babies and having Pippa as eyes-on-the-ground is an added bonus.”
At Brook Farm, Jessica Williams and another eight-yearold mare, Felicity Morn, posted a day-high of 72.58% at novice. The mare is by Jessica’s own Dutch stallion Ursus out of an Irish Draught/thoroughbred eventer, and is co-owned by Jessica and Ann Parrish, for whom Jessica has ridden for more than 30 years.
“We bred her ourselves and she’s one of the easiest mares I’ve had the pleasure of bringing on. This is only her third competition this year as she injured herself last year. She had six months’ rehab and was slowly brought back to work,” explained Jessica. “It was a free-flowing and responsive test. She now needs to improve her strength, which we’ll work on over the winter.”
Jess Clarke and TT Amika post two plus-72% wins at elementary