Winning SJ action from Olympia

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Winning SJ action from Olympia

France’s former Olympia grand prix winner Roger-Yves Bost opened the show jumping classes at Olympia, The London International Horse Show, with a win in the Welcome Stakes on Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois.

"My horse wanted to go faster than I did and that’s how I ended up winning," said Roger- Yves who added to his early victory with a win in The Pony Club Mini-Major Relay, in which professionals were paired with a Pony Club member.

Roger’s partner was 12-year-old Ledbury branch member Jack Smith riding Romany River Bobby, a combination which has enjoyed success in pony races at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Christmas Speed Stakes/ Christmas Pudding Stakes

Swedish rider Peder Fredricson took advantage of watching British gold medallist Scott Brash contesting the Christmas Speed Stakes course and bettered the Scotsman’s time to claim the class. "Scott’s execution of the lines was much better than mine," said Peder, who was riding Holliday KLG. "But his horse spends a lot of time in the air and that’s where I was able to catch him."

Ireland’s Cian O’Connor captured the big class of the night, the Christmas Pudding Stakes, with 13-year-old chestnut gelding Splendor.

The Olympic bronze medallist produced the fastest clear in the seven-horse jump-off, beating Tina Fletcher on Hello Sailor by 2.52 seconds.

"You take chances you wouldn’t normally take at this show," said Cian. "After the turn to the double, I thought ‘did I really do that?’ but this place, and the fantastic crowds, make you do that.

"It’s been an extraordinary year for me – I woke up on New Year’s Day a married man [to Ruth] and then it just got better and better with the Olympics."

Tina Fletcher settled for second place after a difficult year with a severe ankle injury and missing the Olympics.

"I’m chuffed to bits – it’s been a long time out of the ring for me," said Tina, who is now aiming for the 2013 European Championships with Hello Sailor.

Saluting a golden 2012

It was a special night at Olympia with all Britain’s medal-winning equestrian teams of 2012 – the dressage and show jumping Olympic champions plus eventing’s silver medal team, the Paralympians and under-21 teams - parading in front of the Duchess of Cornwall and Olympic presenter Clare Balding.

The Duchess met three Olympic teams, as well as record-breaking gold medallist and Paralympic heroine Natasha Baker and Shetland Grand National jockey 12-year-old Alfie Marshall who was riding in The Queen’s colours.

Natasha Baker was also awarded the annual Raymond Brooks-Ward Trophy given to the year’s most promising under-25 rider.

Earlier in the day, Olympia’s course-designer, Bob Ellis, was honoured by  equestrian journalists at the British Equestrian Writers’ Association lunch with an award in recognition of his work at the Olympics.

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