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Karl Robins wins NAF Five Star Area Trial with G Camille HBF

29 Jun 2022 | Showjumping |

The NAF Five Star Hartpury Showjumping Spectacular reached an exciting climax on Wednesday with the 1.50m Area Trial setting a daunting challenge to a total of 17 combinations.

Karl Robins and G Camille HBF were the only combination to jump clear in the first round, meaning four other combinations carried their 4-fault rounds forward to the jump-off.

In the jump-off, Alfie Bradstock with Classy Cat jumped an assured clear piling the pressure onto Robins as the combinations jumped in reverse order of merit. Rose Moss with Amina O L also jumped clear in the jump off, while Laura Mantel and Glory B V, and Katinka Brogaard (a former Hartpury student) and Belfast had 4 and 8 faults respectively in the second round.

As the last to go, the beautiful G Camille HBF who had already won classes earlier in the week looked fresh and ready to go, picking up a lovely rhythm with Karl who secured a steady clear and ultimately the £1000 first prize.

The young horse classes reached their crescendo on the final day, too. Caitlin Lester and Ailby Domitius took top honours in the 4 Year Old Hartpury Final. Laura Mantel enjoyed a stunning week of results that continued in the age finals. NFS Peaches took the win in the 5 Year Old Hartpury Final and Laura managed a 1-2 in the 6 Year Old Hartpury Final run in honour of the late Max Berry, a student and staff member at Hartpury who died last year. Laura's rides - Conquistador II DRH Z and Labat jumped beautiful clear rounds timed almost in synchronicity. Labatt took just .30 seconds more in the second round so had to settle for second place.

The final day had started with a strong field in the Hazlewoods 1.30m Open. Laura Mantel put in a strong performance with Claretina although Holly Sharp reigned supreme with a rapid double clear aboard the imposing Laridor Van De Roshoeve. 

The Showjumping Spectacular ran in a June slot for the first time, given Hartpury's July commitment to running the FEI Dressage and Eventing European Championships for Young Riders and Juniors, although is expected to return to its regular slot in the calendar in 2023.

"We're delighted with the show and want to thank the sponsors and competitors who've helped to make it a success," said Phillip Cheetham, Event Director.

"We've once again seen some superb showjumping and celebrated more young equine talent that we hope to see returning to Hartpury in the coming years."

Click here to view the full results from this year's show.