A phenomenal win from Holly Smith in the highly competitive CSI13* Grand Prix Qualifier delivered on every level. Starting the day with a fast finish in the Castle Arena, the Voltaire Design CSI1* 1.25m could not separate Levi Critchlow and Olivia Sponer, riding Valarico and Adonis respectively and finishing in a time of 28.81, the pair both enjoyed the top spot.
Making the most of every turn with a confident round against the clock, winner Faye Adams (GBR) and Demograaf led the field to victory in the Horseware CSI3*1.40m. Having previously enjoyed success on the Junior Teams securing both silver and bronze medals and more recently taking the National Winter 1.35m Championship, Faye clinched the lead from Michael Whitaker in style to secure her third win at Bolesworth. Faye Adams about her 13 yo gelding, “Demi is careful and clever; I knew if I could keep him tight and forward to the last then he would rise to the occasion. He really likes to win, especially in front of spectators.”
The feature class of the day, the Dodson & Horrell CSI3* 1.45m Grand Prix Qualifier, designed by Louis Konickx (NED), offered competitors their first opportunity to secure a spot in the climax of the show, Sunday’s CSI3* 1.50m Grand Prix. Guy Williams (GBR) set the standard early with Hickstead Derby winner Rouge de Ravel taking an early lead and proving hard to beat. That was until Great Britain’s leading lady of showjumping Holly Smith, partnered with Fruselli, produced a foot perfect 1st round before seamlessly pushing into another gear when entering the second phase. Naturally fast, fearless and agile, the impressive round shaved 2 seconds off the leading time to secure the win in 27.5. Holly Smith on her win: “He’s just a naturally quick, careful and competitive horse. He’s just got a touch more stride than most speed horses which allows me to take a stride out but then he’s still got enough motor for the corners, a lot of big striding horses can be slow but he’s not, he’s just that perfect medium of stride and speed”.
Following the thrilling Grand Prix qualifier was the equally competitive Bentley Ride & Drive, which saw the incredible Bentley Bentayga V8 take to the International Arena against the clock. With the showjumping round first and foremost followed by a quick change over, the driver took the wheel to add some pace with grace through the cone course. Tight turns with foot to the floor acceleration, taking the winning title was Jay Halim with co-driver Ed Jackson in 79.97. Nina Barbour “We were thrilled to have use of the new Bentley Bentayga V8 for the Ride and Drive, it’s the perfect high energy, adrenaline fuelled class. It’s always fast and furious with the riders enjoying more than just the jumping rounds, the opportunity to drive a Bentley Bentayga V8 was not to be missed.”
Press release the Dodson & Horrell Bolesworth International Horse Show