WYMESWOLD equestrian star Tabitha Kyle has helped GB claim team bronze at the FEI European Championships for Young Riders, Juniors and Children in Gorla Minore, Italy.
They didn’t have the most of auspicious starts and, as the faults were turned into penalty points, the team were lying in ninth place of 19 teams. But the four riders came out fighting to steadily move up the order.Again, the pressure was on Tabitha Kyle. A clear put Team GBR into a medal position. But the top rail of the midway stile hit the floor. Tabitha kept calm as it was vital to leave every fence intact. Accuracy had a price, and the added time fault put Britain on equal points with Monaco – a jump-off would decide third place.Again, the pressure was on Tabitha Kyle. A clear put Team GBR into a medal position. But the top rail of the midway stile hit the floor. Tabitha kept calm as it was vital to leave every fence intact. Accuracy had a price, and the added time fault put Britain on equal points with Monaco – a jump-off would decide third place.
TABITHA KYLE switched her focus back to ponies, after contesting the Europeans on the junior squad, to win the 148cm national title by more than eight seconds on Atomic Du Bary.
“He finds everything so easy,” says Tabitha Kyle of her 148cm championship final victor, Atomic Du Bary, with whom she jumped one of just two double clears
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TALENTED Leicestershire rider Tabitha Kyle has qualified for the prestigious Horse of the Year Show after a double victory at Bicton Arena, in Devon. The 15-year old, of Wymes-Wold, near Loughborough, claimed the top spot in the Bluechip pony newcomers second round on her mother Tanya's horse Coppenhagh Khaleesi.
"Khaleesi only started jumping last year but she has gained experience very quickly" said Tabitha.
With eight riders posting treble clear rounds, it was all about the clock but Tabitha edged ahead on nine year old Khaleesi to win but 0.14 seconds.
'She jumped three beautiful rounds and I think she will be the best speed pony"
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Tabitha Kyle made a triumphant return to South View Equestrian Centre in Cheshire to not only retain her 2022 title, but convincingly claim the top two places with Gangnam Style II and Atomic Du Bary.
“I’ve got the two most successful ponies on the circuit at the moment. They are incredible and I cannot thank Su and Gordon Hall enough for giving me the opportunity to ride such great ponies,” said Tabitha, who won last year’s final with Nightgirl Van Het Sonnihof Z.
Six competitors faced course-designer Gillian Milner’s 11-fence 1.30m track with Tabitha claiming two of the rides.
The course was tough, more technical than big and it took some jumping but it suited my ponies,” added Tabitha.
Tabitha had qualified five ponies for this final but, as rules dictated competitors could only ride a maximum of two, she chose Su and Gordon Hall’s Gangnam Style and Atomic Du Bary. It turned out to be the right choice as Tabitha was the sole rider to master the course, supplying the only two clear rounds of the class. She opted to share the first prize with her two ponies rather than jump-off. Izabella Rogers, winner of the warm-up 1.25m, made just one mistake at the stile on Neil 55 to finish third.
Tabitha had spent the last two weeks competing abroad in Compiegne, France, and Lamprechtshausen, Austria, with several wins to her credit.
She explained: “We got back from Austria on Monday night and the two ponies had a couple of days off, a little light work on Thursday and popped a couple of fences on Friday before we came here. We wanted to support Charles [Britton, South View proprietor and British Showjumping chairman], we’re so grateful to him for putting on this class and my ponies jumped fantastic and pulled it out of the bag.”
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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.
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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.
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.