Ronnie Jones takes the Grade C Championship

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The British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet Grade C Championship was the first showjumping class of the day on Sunday at Horse of the Year Show, held at the NEC in Birmingham.

Out of a field of twenty two riders, the 1.40m course proved tricky for some with just seven horses making it through to the jump off. Ronnie Jones lay down the gauntlet with a lightning quick round to set the time to beat of 31.42 seconds riding Ruth Dowie’s Interstar B, an 8 year-old dark bay gelding. 

Holly Smith hot was hot on Ronnie’s heals, taking tight turns to cross the finish line in 32.04 seconds to take the runner up place.

Ronnie Jones’, from Essex, win was even more special as it was his first competition win at the Horse of the Year Show.

Ronnie said after his win: “I had some really good people after me, so we had to go all out and see how they were going to get on behind us, so a lot of pressure. He has been a really good horse all year, he has jumped some international classes and we have had him from a young horse. He is really reliable, and we know each other really well, we have always had our sights set on this class for him, so we are really pleased.

“We’ve been doing the county shows and seeing these people in the classes and there has been some really good form throughout really, so a really good class. I think it is every riders dream to win here, it’s great for the owners and everyone that supports us. We’ve got a big operation at home and it’s great for everyone to be a part of and it’s a great show.”

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