Ronnie Jones and Abbe Burchmore-Eames crowned showjumping champions at The Game Fair

Ronnie Jones riding Derawley Lady and Abbe Burchmore-Eames riding Eleonora III won The Game Fair Restricted 1.10 and 1.20 Championships in the Brewin Dolphin Main Arena at The Game Fair on Sunday 30 July. The finals resulted from a culmination of county show and shows on grass qualifying competitions, prior to the Championship held at at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.

The courses, which were designed by Stuart Reeve Young and judged by Jill Weston and Wanda Harris, saw 29 horses and riders take part in The Game Fair Restricted 1.10 Championship final, followed by 21 competitors in The Game Fair Restricted 1.20 Championship final, as assisted by British Showjumping.

Ronnie Jones from Essex, riding Derawley Lady, a red-and-white eight-year old Irish mare, owned by Ian and Ruth Dowie, was awarded a cash sum of £1,000 sponsored by The Game Fair, plus a presentation rug, rosette and trophy for finishing in first place on a time of 45.00 seconds.

Ronnie commented: “This was our first time at The Game Fair competing with Derawley Lady. She is mainly used for hunting and has only be jumping for six months, so we were really impressed with her run. The organisers were really friendly and we hope to enter again next year.”

Abbe Burchmore-Eames from Hertfordshire, riding her own horse, Eleonora III, a bay roan eight-year old mare took home a cash sum of £1,500 sponsored by The Game Fair, plus presentation rug, rosette and trophy for finishing first in the Restricted 1.20 Championship, as the only double clear.

Abbe commented: “I’ve had Eleonara III since she was three and brought her up through the classes. Last year she had a fall, so we’ve only just got her back up to this level. We were really pleased with her performance, as it was our first time jumping at The Game Fair. I thought it was great to have a big championship class for novice horses, as its educational for all, with the atmosphere and big crowds. It was great to see the event so well supported. I can’t think of any other competitions on this level, long may it continue. We’re already looking forward to next year.”