To qualify for the British Novice Finals you have to get 4 double clears throughout the year in that class, that then enables you to do the regional finals which you are only allowed to do twice. There are 3 rounds in the regional finals and you have to go treble clear to qualify or be in the top 2! British noivce is usually 90cm, the regionals start at 1.05 and go up to 1.15/1.20 so its a big step up & hard to qualify for! Brook was treble clear and 2nd in the regionals earlier in the year so qualified easily.
The championships at Scope are held in the main championship arena which is indoors and very scary! Brook jumped clear in the first round, then had the 2nd to last fence down in the 2nd round which was really unlucky as she barely touched it, delayed drop after she landed!
The other 2 qualifer you have to be in the top 6 to qualify then you have to qualify again at Scope to get into the championship arena, the top 12 qualfiy for this.
Trigger jumped first in the Katherine James qualifier, which was very boggy ground in front of each fence and many horses were getting stuck on take off and having a lot of poles/stops. He had 2 down but considering the conditions i was pleased with how he went.
After the British Novice championships Brook had to go outside on the grass for the KJ qualifier, but after jumping trigger round it and seeing how many disasters there were because of the ground and knowing how much Brook doesnt like or ever go well on that type of ground, I said to mum I wont jump her and she had done enough for the day after the british noice. Mum then said but the ground is only going to get worse we are forecast more rain, so you might aswell jump her before it gets any worse. So I agreed but didnt hold much hope! She went in jumped a lovely double clear and won it!! Qualifying for the championships.
Torrential rain and flooding meant the 2nd KJ qualifer had to be postponed and moved to the indoor championship arena, but due to the busy schedule in there it meant that the only time free in there was Midnight- 6am! There were just short of 200 in that class so it had to run all through the night. I wasnt very lucky and was drawn right near the end and had to jump at 4am & 5am! We couldnt go to sleep either as the class started at 12.30 so by the time i had walked the course and watched a few it was nearly time to go and get ready. I didnt know what the horses were going to make of getting up at that time aswell as it being in the championship arena which is extremely spooky!
Trigger took most of it in his stride and just had a couple down in the jump off, but it was good experience for him to go into something like that.
Brook after having been in there once i thought would be really bold, but in actual fact was even spookier than the first time she went in! She Jumped double clear and came 4th! but was very lucky not to get a hesitation at one of the fences!
We were all really tired after staying up all night- but Brook had the Champihsiohs for the Katherine James! She jumped clear in the first round. She had a really unlucky fence down in the jump off again barely touched it and it rolled late! But she was the fastest 4 faulter and there was only 4 clears so she came 5th!!
We then had to go back outside to jump the 1.05 1st qualifier. Trigger jumped really well and just had the last fence down!! Brook had had enough after jumping quite a lot over the last few days and a late night and slid through the double! but jumped lovely clear after!
After that we decided to come home 2 days early as Brook felt tired and if she qualfied in the 2nd qualifer on day 5 she would have the championships the next day with no day off to rest and i didnt want to upset her after she had some good results, aswell as having Hickstead coming up in a few days time i thought i should save them both for that!
Very good show thought with great expericne and results! 1st, 4th & 5th!