Puissance: Joss and Eoin share top prize at Claxby

Joint winners Joss Williams and Sox. Picture: Laura Warmoth EMN-160106-174432002
Joint winners Joss Williams and Sox. Picture: Laura Warmoth EMN-160106-174432002

Prize money of £620 attracted a field of 20 riders to enter the JC Groundworks Puissance classes at Willow Banks Equestrian Complex, in Claxby.

The first-ever Novice Puissance was won by Georgie Marriott on Murthwaite Boy Blue who cleared the wall at 142cm.

Joint winners Eoin Gallagher on Lord Luidam PICTURE: Laura Warmoth EMN-160106-174422002

Joint winners Eoin Gallagher on Lord Luidam PICTURE: Laura Warmoth EMN-160106-174422002

Cheered on by an excited crowd of spectators, the main puissance event saw 12 of the 13 riders complete the first round at 103cm, and seven riders made it through to the next round when the wall was raised to 145cm.

With every 12 to 15cm increase in height, one or more riders dropped out, until finally last year’s winner Joss Williams, on Sox, and Eoin Gallagher, on Lord Luidam, were left to battle it out over a whopping 184cm wall.

In the end both cleared the jump and decided to share the top prize between them.

Georgie Marriott on Murthwaite Boy Blue PICTURE Laura Warmoth EMN-160106-174443002

Georgie Marriott on Murthwaite Boy Blue PICTURE Laura Warmoth EMN-160106-174443002