Harry Bateman lands the Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Second Round at Wellington

18 June 2019

Wellington Riding Centre in Hook, Hampshire played host to one of this year’s Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Second Round on Saturday and it was Harry Bateman and Teza Englefield’s Calista II who claimed the top spot.
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With a starting field of ninety combinations, each rider set out with the hopes of gaining one of two qualifying tickets available for the Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Championship Final held during Horse of the Year Show at the NEC in October. Course designer Lisa Kelly set a challenging first round track and whittled the initial starters down to seventeen in the final round.

Harry from Hockley, Essex steered the 9 year-old German bred mare Calista II, whom he has been riding for just over a year, to the top spot in fine style shaving off 4.87 seconds from his closest rival, crossing the finish line in 50.68 seconds. Second place was awarded to Alex Hempleman and the Aspire Equine Venture Capital’s 6 year-old Belgian bred gelding Jammy Dodger II, they posted a time of 55.55 seconds.

Olivia Poole took third place with Brittany Poole’s My Premier Touch, a 7 year-old British bred gelding by Hold Up Premier whom Olivia has produced herself over the last two years, they crossed the line in 56.79 seconds. Fourth place was claimed by John Popely and Emma Riordan’s Desterly I and fifth place went to the fastest of the four faulters, Ryan O’Sullivan and Lisa Hinton’s Holisco.

The top two combinations secured their place in the Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Championship Final at Horse of the Year Show and the top five took home the chance to compete in the Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Masters at the British Showjumping National Championships.
 
Image: Harry Bateman & Calista II in the Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Second Round at Wellington Riding Club on Saturday (Credit: Lottie-Elizabeth Photography)

Wellington Riding Centre – Saturday 15th June 2019
Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Second Round

1st Harry Bateman & Calista II – 0/0/0 – 50.68 seconds
2nd Alex Hemplemann & Jammy Dodger II – 0/0/0 – 55.55 seconds
3rd Olivia Poole & My Premier Touch – 0/0/0 – 56.79 seconds
4th John Popely & Desterly I – 0/0/0 – 59.22 seconds
5th Ryan O’Sullivan & Holisco – 0/0/4 – 51.66 seconds

NB: Qualifications will be updated pending grading of results.

The Horse of the Year Show 2019 will take place from the 2nd – 6th October at Birmingham’s NEC. The British Showjumping National Championships 2019 will take place during the 6th – 11th August at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre (NAEC), Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.