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EQUESTRIAN:Helm gets second ticket to top show.

SHREWLEY COMMON show jumper Julia Helm has claimed another place at the national Blue Chip Championships, after making the line up in a huge qualifier in the Midlands.

Julie was among 72 starters in the Equiline Horseboxes Discovery qualifier at Gracelands Equestrian Centre near Droitwich, on her home bred mare Helm's Tolu.

"There were over 20 in the jump-off and I was drawn midway," Julia commented. "This level was a step up for the mare and I wasn't expecting her to do well but she jumped clear and went into the lead. There weren't many clears and only one rider managed to beat my time, leaving me second, which I was very pleased with."

The second spot earned Helm's Tolu her second ticket to the Blue Chip Championships, at Solihull from March 31-April 4 , as she is already through to the Equiline Horseboxes Novice final.

"The first round course wasn't that big at Gracelands but course builder Chris Napier put the fences up quite a bit for the second round," Julia continued. "There was one tricky part, where you had to turn back to an upright that had gone up two holes from the first round, and that caught a lot out."

Julia has also qualified another of her home bred horses, Helm's Tolu's half sister Midnight Serenade, for the Novice final at the Blue Chip Championships.

"I was at the Championships in 2000 on Fritz Luke, who is the dad of both these two horses," Julia added. "He only jumps in open classes now and will be in the supporting classes at this year's Blue Chip Championships."

Julia has also qualified Helm's Tolu, who is just five, for two finals at the Scope Festival, the end of season championships in Staffordshire this autumn.
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Date:Mar 11, 2004
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