THE first of this year’s Dodson & Horrell 0.85m and 1.05m National Amateur Second Rounds were held at Harrogate Riding Centre in North Yorkshire and they drew competitors from around the country.

With qualification for the Dodson & Horrell National Amateur Championships, held at Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool during the 14th – 19th November, at the forefront of everyone’s minds, two fiercely fought classes took place.

Harrogate Riding Centre – Sunday 3rd September 2017
Dodson & Horrell 0.85m National Amateur Second Round

Seven combinations posted a first round clear to take their place in the jump off, where course builder Drew Birtwistle set a technical track to lead to an exciting finale. Holly Gair from Chester Le Street, County Durham made light work of the tight turns with the ever consistent 20 year-old grey mare, Bowes Milky Way, owned by Wendy Gair, as this partnership produced the winning round in just 35.23 seconds.

Second place went to local rider Clare Birtwistle from Harrogate, North Yorkshire who eased her 14 year-old bay mare, Warina II across the finish line with a double clear in 37.70 seconds.

Nicola Roe from Alfreton, Derbyshire slipped in to third place riding Caroline Kisby’s 16 year-old grey gelding, Sockburn Impeccable. This pair delivered their double clear in 40.44 seconds.


1st Holly Gair & Bowes Milky Way – 0/0 – 35.23 seconds

2nd Clare Birtwistle & Warina III – 0/0 – 37.70 seconds

3rd Nicola Roe & Sockburn Impeccable – 0/0 – 40.44 seconds

4th Sally Dearing & Irco – 0/0 – 51.70 seconds

5th Kieley Powles & Supreme Grace– 0/4 – 40.03 seconds

6th Nicola Roe & Starlux - 0/4 – 51.30 seconds

7th Gabriel Hodgson & Fearless Footsteps – 0/E

NB: Qualifications will be updated pending official grading of results.

Harrogate Riding Centre – Sunday 3rd September 2017
Dodson & Horrell 1.05m National Amateur Second Round

Continuing her championship campaign in style, Holly Gair claimed both first and second place after a tense five horse jump off. Speed was of the essence as Holly crossed the finish line on board Stephen Gair’s 16 year-old grey mare, Usita Champ, in an unbeatable 36.34 seconds.

Holly went on to scoop second place on board Bowes Milky Way, a 20 year-old grey mare owned by Wendy Gair. This pair delivered their double clear in 42.56 seconds.

Finishing in third place was Amelia Bowring from Louth, Lincolnshire riding Donna Bella, an 8 year-old black mare owned by Laura Pritchard. This combination left all the fences standing on a double clear in 47.83 seconds.


1st Holly Gair & Usita Champ – 0/0 – 36.34 seconds

2nd Holly Gair & Bowes Milky Way – 0/0 – 42.56 seconds

3rd Amelia Bowring & Donna Bella – 0/0 – 47.83 seconds

4th Leigh Walker & Ali GT – 0/0 – 49.23 seconds

5th Nicola Roe & Zoralyn – 0/4 – 55.66 seconds