It was a pillar to post win for BE100 Champion, 22 year old Alana Sparrow and Mr Rasshied Din’s 13 year old mare Angels Spirit (pictured).
The rider and yard manager from Nutley, East Sussex, led from the first day of dressage with a fantastic score of 25.1 penalties, and added nothing to it after today’s jumping phases. Riding Mr Rasshied Din’s 13 year old mare Angels Spirit, affectionately known as Goose, 2019 marked Alana’s fourth time at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup and her first time on the podium.
Jo Hales from Oxford, also completed on her dressage score (25.8 penalties) and moved up from third place overnight to take the runner up spot on her homebred 11 year old mare Dawn Chorus.
This is Jo’s second time at the championships, having competed at the very first running of the event here at Badminton in 2010, when she finished in 18th place riding Josh.
Completing the top three, Ollie Martin brought forward one of the youngest horses in the field in his six year old Martins Irish Eddie. Adding nothing from the jumping phases, the Kent based rider completed on his dressage score of 30.6 penalties.
Thanks to the generous Mitsubishi Motors sponsorship, the winner will take home a car from the Mitsubishi Motors range for a year, along with a winner’s rug from Horseware Ireland and prize money, and the top twenty each receive prize money and a rosette.
The highest place rider aged over 40 will be presented with the Keep Kicking On trophy and thanks to the support of Shearwater Insurance Services, the highest placed Event Horse Owners Association member receives a Silver Salver, jacket and prize money.
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