Junior Rider of the Year
Jessica Collinson made a great decision when she purchased Ngahiwi Cruise just four months ago. The new combination took out the Fiber Fresh Feeds Junior Rider of the Year title today at the Land Rover Horse of the Year show.
“I am speechless,” she said afterwards, finding it hard to sink in that with having the only two clear rounds, she was the clear winner. Ngahiwi Cruise has won this class in 2016 with his previous rider, Steffi Whittaker, from Canterbury.
This year there were eight young riders called back to jump-off, six of them having recorded clear rounds in the first round, and two having four faults. Jessica rode in the jump-off in the pole position of last to go, having had the fastest clear round in the first round. She therefore knew what she had to do to win – go clear. All the other combinations were sitting on four faults by the time she came into the arena.
Jessica decided to take the risk and go for safety. The strategy was a zero or hero one, but it paid off as the pair jumped a beautiful clear and were therefore deserving on their win.