- British Showjumping
British Showjumping’s Youth Teams announced for Nations Cup in Compiegne, France and Lamprechtshausen, Austria
The Chef d’Équipe for the Children and Ponies Team will be Clare Whitaker.
8/9 wins at POYS!
- Loughborough Echo
WYMESWOLD teenager Tabitha Kyle enjoyed an amazing Pony of the Year Show (POYS) at Arena UK, Lincolnshire, clocking up a phenomenal eight wins from nine classes across the four days, including two championship titles.
The ultra-consistent pony Gangnam Style got the ball rolling for Kyle, winning both qualifiers before heading into the LeMieux JA Final, where she triumphed over her opposition by seizing the top two places.
Kyle was equally as strong in the Under 18 Final. Again, she won both qualifying classes and headed into the final double-handed, jumping clear rounds over a course standing at 1.35m to take two horses through to the jump-off. She was joined by five others from a starting list of 22 to race against the clock over a raised and shortened course.
A rail down with first ride Indiana D’Aryifagne put her out of contention and into an eventual third but there was no mistake with second ride Desterly.
The 15-year-old mare matched Kyle’s grit and determination stride for stride to come home victorious, winning the title by an impressive nine seconds and claimed the Leading Under 18 Rider Award.
She said: “I’ve had an exceptional week, my horses and ponies have been amazing.”
A busy afternoon saw Tabitha Kyle, riding TJ Hall’s Atomic du Barry, storm to victory in the Voltaire Design 148cm Mini Stakes.
Second to go among six talented combinations in the jump-off, Tabitha had it all to do to put pressure on those who followed her. Aimee Paxton, riding Lucy Simpson’s Las Vegas VI, was hot on her heels, but couldn’t quite match the speed of Tabitha Kyle, finishing in second place. Kieran Taylor and Heidi Taylor's Magic Cornflakes finished third as the fastest rider with four faults in the jump off.
17 Wins, a good weekend in Wales!
Equestrian star Tabitha Kyle in action in Wales.RISING equestrian star Tabitha Kyle has jetted off to Poland as part of British Showjumping’s Team NAF Pony Squad to take part in the Youth European Championships.
The 13-year-old from Wymeswold will be riding the 13 year-old bay gelding, Gangnam Style II, owned by TJ Hall Limited as part of a fourstrong team.
The competition takes place between August 2 and August 7 in Strzegom, Poland.
Kyle will be competing in good spirits after multiple success in her latest competition in Wales.
Riding at the David Broome Event Centre in Wales, she jumped eight ponies and had 17 wins and two second place finishes.
These included a fine round by Gagnam Style II in the 1.25m before leaving for his journey to Poland, while Atomic Du Bary won the 1.25m and the 1.35m pony showjumper classes. And in the Welsh home pony team competition, Atomic and Tabitha were a part of the victorious England team.
On Thursday: 1.25m class, 1st place riding Atomic Du Bary winning the jump off by 11 seconds and placing 4th riding Gangnam Style II
On Friday: 1.30m, 1st place riding Atomic Du Bary
On Sunday: 1.25m. 1st place riding Atomic Du Bary, winning by 9 seconds and 1st place in CSIOP Grand Prix riding Gangnam Style II. It was a fast jump off with Kyle winning by 0.39 of a second from the French rider, Claire De Douville.
The penultimate day of show saw the
Nations Cup competition take place and GB came second just one fence behind the winners, Belgium.
Kyle riding 13 year-old bay gelding Gangnam Style, owned by TJ Hall Limited, rolled an early pole and an unfortunate foot in the water in the first round, completing on 8 faults. Their second rounds saw them lower the very last pole to finish on 4 faults.
Izabella Rogers produced two faultless rounds to finish with a double clear, Madison Seedhouse had four faults in each round, and Poppy Deakin, had a clear round and one with four faults.
Afterwards Kyle said: “I have had an incredible finish to an amazing show. It’s such an honour to represent your country and be a part of Team GBR.
“I feel so lucky to ride such brilliant ponies, both owned by Su and Gordon Hall and I cannot thank my whole team at home and at shows enough for helping to make this happen.”
She now heads to Lamprechtshausen in Austria for an event on May 5-8.
Winter Pony Finals Southview
WYMESWOLD youngster Tabitha Kyle hit top form at the British Showjumping Winter Pony Finals at South View Equestrian Centre in Cheshire to land three championship titles, including the big one, the JA Classic Final with Nightgirl Van Het Sonnishof Z.
Eleven competitors faced course-designer Gillian Milner’s 12-fence 1.25m track with two doubles and five answered all the questions to provide first round clears and qualify for the jumpoff.
Kyle was the quickest by far on the Belgian-bred 10-year-old mare, wiping 3.68 seconds from 2021 champion Henry Squibb’s time on Lislan Picola to wrest the title and deny Henry a second consecutive win.
Kyle had qualified three ponies for this final but opted to save
Gangnam Style II and Atomic Du Bary for the imminent Pony Nations Cup competitions in Fontainebleau, France, and Lamprechtshausen, Austria, with Nightgirl stepping up to the plate at South View.
Afterwards Kyle praised performance of her horse.
“The first round was fairly easy but in the jump-off they whacked the fences up. However, that suited her and she was phenomenal. She’ll spin back to a tall vertical or a wide oxer and is way better when the fences are bigger, she respects them.
“I want to thank Charles Britton and Lynda Wright for an amazing show!”
Kyle also claimed both 1.10m and 1m Championships with Ryan Dorise’s consistent Running In Heels. She set a sizzling target to win the 1.10m Final from the front. Eight of the eleven starters returned to contend the the jump-off with Tabitha galloping to victory from first draw on the seven-year-old Irish-bred grey mare with 0.45 seconds in hand.
The 1m title was harder work as 17 competitors battled against the clock but Kyle and Running In Heels again claimed the upper hand from the opening round to win with 1.72 seconds to spare.
Kyle said: “She is only a 7-yearold but she is amazing and has stepped up so well. I had a bad draw in both classes and had to pull it out of the bag and she was so honest and tried her heart out. She is so careful and will spin back to a fence and gallop and she’s a lovely person in the stable as well – she’s perfect.”
Now the teenager’s attention turns to this weekend where she has been selected for Team GBR Nations Cup on Ponies in Fontainebleau, France and Lamprechtshausen, Austria the following weekend.
RISING equestrian star Tabitha Kyle is celebrating after two weeks of competing in Belgium and the Netherlands ended with a fantastic six first places.
The Wymeswold 14-year-old, supported by local owners Tabitha’s
local owners, Su and Gordon Hall, took four ponies and two horses to compete in the CSI Youth Festivals in Sentower Park, Belgium and Peelbergen in the Netherlands.
In Belgium, Kyle secured a first place riding Birdie in the 1.10m Pony small tour and a second place finish on Desterly in the 135m speed class.
Spurred on by that success she claimed a further five first places at the Peelbergen Equestrian Centre in the Netherlands with the final victories taking place on Sunday.
Kyle’s wins were:
1.25m Pony big tour the 1.25m tour
Z in the 1.15m pony small
Grand Prix 1.30m Pony Grand Prix.
TEENAGER Tabitha Kyle took the top three places in the National 138cm Championship Final at the British Showjumping National Championships in Warwickshire.
The 14-year-old from Loughborough was among six riders from 18 starters who made it through to the jump-off on the first day of the championships at the NAEC in Stoneleigh Park.
Tabitha and her pony Playboy Van De Zoetewei finished in first place, but she also claimed second and third in the class with Mister Proper and Another Barney respectively.
She said: “Playboy was in first who is good in a jump-off, so I could put the pressure on the others. “Being in the lead meant that I could push [Mister Proper], who also went clear. “[Another Barney] is younger and less experienced, so I wanted to give him an easier round knowing the other two had gone clear, but he stepped up as well.” Tabitha and Playboy Van De Zoetewei last competed at Bicton, where they won all four of their classes.
The teenager also represented Great Britain at the Children’s European Championships in Lisbon where she won Team Bronze.
Another Barney is younger so I wanted to give him an easier round, but he stepped up as well Tabitha Kyle
It was the in-form 13 year-old Tabitha Kyle from Loughborough in Leicestershire who took the Pony Foxhunter title at the British Showjumping Indoor Championship Show at Aintree Equestrian Centre this evening by posting an incredibly fast jump-off clear with the 10 year-old black pony Teagan Arla Rose owned by Alison MacDonald.
From a field of forty starters it was eight that made it through to the jump off with Tabitha qualifying two of her rides through. Drawn first to go with Lickaun Lady it was unfortunate 4 fault finish to see them take eventual 6th place however she made up for this when she posted a phenomenal round with Teagan Arla Rose to claim the title.
An early lead by Jake Myers with Oakley III in a time of 35.50 had certainly laid down the gauntlet with it not looking like much time, if any, could be saved. However, as has become all too usual in recent seasons, Tabitha managed to find where she could take a few chances of edging him down into 2nd place and she did just that.
Two very tight turns before the final line in which she pushed Teagan Arla Rose forward to saw Tabitha take a flyer and a stride out at the final fence, an oxer, to break the finish line in 33.34 seconds taking more than two seconds off what had looked previously to be an unbeatable time. With three riders left to go it would have been a nail biting time for Tabitha and her support team and Tabitha couldn’t have looked any happier when she rode into the arena to take pole position in the presentation line up.
With Jake Myers taking second it was Thomas Bradburne with Derryinver Rocky who took third place having posted a stylish clear in a time of 38.73 seconds. Fourth went to Rachel Proudley who had set the standard for others to follow early on in the jump off with Okehurst Sunrise whilst Anna Black took fifth aboard Miami Sandyman ahead of Tabitha’s second ride.
Talking afterwards about her pony Tabitha said “She came to me in February having been ridden previously by Shaunie Greig who had done a lot of the ground work with her first. I qualified her just before the lockdown and since then my mum and I have been doing a lot of work with her at home on her flatwork.
“Mum (Tanya) has spent so much time with her as we always knew she had the scope but she used to be quite buzzy on her flatwork and mum has worked a lot on this. Next year she will be going to her owners granddaughter Connie, which was always the plan. She’s so sweet, she’ll hardly ever do anything wrong – she just likes to please.”
Tabitha’s first international show back since lockdown and she won all four Grand Prix that she qualified for on the last day of a thrilling competition in Le Mans, France.
Over Friday and Saturday she showed that her four ponies and one horse were in supreme form by winning and qualifying for their relevant Grand Prix on Sunday.
Sunday started with a win on Nancy in the 7 year old Grand Prix, Tabitha fought off tough competition but her pretty grey mare showed her true talent and flew over the jumps to clinch Tabitha's first win of the day.
She followed that by winning the biggest class of the day, the Pony Large Tour Grand Prix riding super speedy Gangnam Style II. The pair were unbeatable in the jump-off proving they will be a combination to watch for the future!
If that wasn’t enough the talented youngster, who recently turned 13 years old, rode her huge 17.1h horse Grennanstown Sarco Lux Hill to win the 1.20m Amatur Grand Prix in style.
To top off the day Tabitha placed 1st and second in the Pony Small Tour Grand Prix on Orchids Vienna and Atomic du Bary.
It was a sensational start to the season and a great confidence boost for the upcoming shows for Tabitha and her super string of ponies.
Tabitha said with a huge smile - "It was a magical day winning four out of four Grand Prix today! I cannot thank my team around me, owners and sponsors enough for all of their support to make this happen. It had been a fantastic show all round and I am so happy to be back out competing safely Internationally"