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EQUESTRIANISM: Clare opens the gate with thrilling win.

COVENTRY'S Clare Foley opened Gate Inn Riding Club's BSJA show jumping with a win on her veteran partner Supersonic Soz.

The little bay gelding, now in his early 20's, led the way in the Mini Grade C class at the Solihull staged competition.

Claire finished over half a second up on a field of nearly 40 starters, with Halesowen's Hannah Jackson in second on King's Archer. Justine Jones, Rachel Mayne, Martin Muny and David Austin followed the pair home.

Shrewley Common's Julia Helms just missed out on another local win in the Charles Owen British Novice, where she finished second and third on Helm's Calibro and Helm's Mach One. The class was won by Kidderminster's Shirley Boraston - in a field that included international rider Mennell Watson - on her mare Smokie.

Thirty contested the Equimax Discovery, with a third of the field making it to the jump-off. Shropshire's Camilla Bennett came from mid draw to win on Lord of the Dance II, with Jenni King nearly a second behind on the 17.2hh bay Aba Daba. Also placed were Justine Jones, Claire Trogish, Antonia Wills and Louise Borthwick.

The Great Leigh's Newcomers attracted a rather smaller field and was won by Jayne Andrew on Smarty Party, with Julia Leonard jumping the only other double clear to take second on La Tengo. Nine horses made it to the jump-off of the NOS Equine Members Cup class, where veteran rider Norman Profitt took an early led on Secret Rumour that held off all comers.

Alvechurch based David Austin finished nearly five second in arrears to take second on Trinity Sunday, with Sophie Hooper third on My Boy.

Radway Riding School staged an unaffiliated dressage meeting, where tests included two qualifiers for the national UK Riders & Chasers series.

21 year old Emma Ross opened the meeting with a win in the Prelim 7, judged by Marc Leon. There was also a local win in the Novice 24 UK Riders qualifier, when Leamington Spa's Amanda Hiatt led the way on Indian Summer.
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Date:Feb 5, 2003
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