An enjoyable two days under the SouthView Equestrian Centre team made for a successful British Showjumping Winter Pony Championships at the popular Cheshire venue.
Diminutive nine-year-old Hollie Gerken from Colchester, Essex scored a great double victory with the Springboard 128cm final on Dimples Dilema and the 10-year-old and under Style and Performance title on Killaloe Gypsy. It was a great achievement as Hollie was only jumping at 70cm unaffiliated level until mum Jade Burley bought both 19-year-old mares in Ireland last September.
Hollie was one of eight from 20 starters in the jump-off of the Springboard 128cm championship and produced one of only two double clears, winning with almost seven seconds to spare on Dimples Dilema.
“I love Dimples, she’s awesome and gives me so much confidence, she just takes me to the fences,” said Hollie, who relies on trainer Sue Harris for advice.
But the day wasn’t over as Hollie rode neat, flowing rounds in the 10-year-old and under Style and Performance final to win by just one point on Killaloe Gypsy.
“She’s easy and forward-going and very trustworthy,” said Hollie, who is so happy to have taken over the rides on two of the top under 10 ponies from Ireland’s Lauren Adams – “They are both amazing.”
Springboard 128cm Final Results:
1st Hollie Gerken and Dimples Dilema – 0/0 40.60 seconds
2nd Persia Calderbank & Bylands Music Man – 0/0 47.44 seconds
3rd Ryan de Souza & Mintfield Magic – 0/4 43.93 seconds
4th Isabelle Harris & Ashsars Miami Bound – 0/4 45.43 seconds
5th Ted Holt & Ashurst Quicksilver – 0/4 47.99 seconds
6th Amelia Tredennick & Rockbury Faccination – 0/4 57.95 seconds
BSJ 10-Year-Old & Under Style & Performance Final Results:
1st Hollie Gerkin & Killaloe Gypsy – 272 points
=2nd Persia Calderbank & Bylands Music Man – 271 points
= 2nd Lexi Knot & Senateview Grace – 271 points
4th Holly Gerkin & Dimples Dilema – 265 points
5th Cate Kerr & Taggarts Express – 244 points
6th Sula von Bulow & Bellfield Benjamin – 232 points