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SEIB Winter Novice Championships

Berkshire’s Laura Mantel Makes Her Mark in SEIB’s Third Successive Winter Novice Championship


Laura Mantel beat twenty-three other strong competitors yesterday to take the top spot in another successful SEIB Winter Novice Championship at the prestigious Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead in West Sussex.

Qualifying for the SEIB Winter Novice Championship began last October and continued all the way through to March. Eleven qualifiers were held at venues all over the country and horses and riders travelled the length and breadth of the country to secure a place in the prestigious Championship. There was also a last qualifier held at Hickstead on Tuesday.

Laura, who is from Reading, Berkshire claimed her Championship title on board Funnycan, a 6 year-old bay mare owned by New Priory Stud. Laura and Funnycan achieved their qualification after winning the qualifier at Solihull Riding Centre last October. Riding with great accuracy and speed, Laura delivered an unbeatable double clear yesterday in a nine horse jump off and finished 2.15 seconds ahead of her nearest rival. Laura and Funnycan clocked their double clear up in 39.30 seconds. 

James Emblen from Woking, Surrey took second place with Skelwith Lady Delilah, a 9 year-old bay mare owned by Skelwith Stud and Anthony Asker. After finishing third in this Championship last year, James went one better after delivering his double clear in 41.45 seconds.

Third place was taken by Beth Vernon from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and she rode Billy Twomey’s 6 year-old chestnut gelding Moneybroom Dancer. They produced their double clear in 44.19 seconds. 

SEIB Winter Novice Championship – Wednesday 27th July 2016

1st Laura Mantel & Funnycan – 0/0 – 39.30 seconds

2nd James Emblen & Skelwith Lady Delilah – 0/0 – 41.45 seconds

3rd Beth Vernon & Moneybroom Dancer – 0/0 – 44.19 seconds

4th Stephen Lohoar & Dandy Man MFS – 0/0 – 44.32 seconds

5th Lisa Jones & Diana P – 0/4 – 41.38 seconds

6th Ben Walker & Warratino – 0/4 – 44.01 seconds

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