Hartpury Winter Classic
The Winter Grand Prix
01. Aragon Z
SIRE OF DAM
NOTHING GENTLE ABOUT JAY HALIM’S START TO BOLESWORTH INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN
British showjumper Jay Halim proves he means business as he gets off to a flying start at the Dodson & Horrell Bolesworth International Horse Show
We’ve only concluded two says of action at this year’s Dodson & Horrell Bolesworth International Horse Show (29 June – 3 July 2022) and British showjumper Jay Halim has already notched up top-five placings in all but one of his six classes. Headline star of Jay’s stable so far is the 11-year-old gelding, Gentle, owned by P Noriko Gallagher and Jay, who won the Bloomfields Horse CSI3* 1.40m with an unbeatable second-phase time of 33.56 seconds.
“It was his first day jumping today so it was a great start for him,” said Jay of Gentle, who enjoyed his best result to date at the glorious Cheshire venue.
“Gentle by name, but definitely not gentle by nature! He runs on his adrenaline,” Jay continued. “He’s a very good horse and he’s very careful but he can be a bit hit and miss. However, today it really paid off in our favour.”
Jay and Gentle didn’t end their day there, though, later taking part in the ever-exciting Ride and Drive class – a fun class over smaller fences that combines showjumping with motorcar driving. Jay won the class last year, but this time settled for fifth.
Narrowly missing out on star pupil was Aragon Z, the 11-year-old gelding owned by Duncan Arthurs and Jay, who stood second in the CSI3* 1.45cm World Ranking class behind Ireland’s Anthony Condon on Creevyquinn Pearl. A lucky stomping ground for the grey, Aragon won the Bolesworth International Grand Prix in 2020, so it’ll be worth keeping your eyes peeled for this combination throughout the remainder of the competition.
The team have had a very successful second day at Bolesworth, in some very quick and hotly contested classes.
Winning Moon finished 3rd in the Cavago 1.35m, with only a second separating the top four places.
Gentle led the Bloomfields Horseboxes 1.40m 2-phase class, finishing just over a second ahead of Jude Burgess and Dreams of Don in second place.
Aragon Z finihsed 2nd and was just 0.03 seconds behind the winner in the Dodson & Horrell 1.45m 2-phase. Anthony Condon took the title in this class with Creevyquinn Pearl.
It was a day to remember for Jay and Aragon Z yesterday.
The pair won the Speed Horse of The Year at the Horse of the Year Show in a hotly contested class.
Drawn 17th to go out of a field of 23, Jay and Aragon Z blistered around the course and pipped Holly Smith into 2nd place.
Aragon Z is a 10 year-old grey gelding owned by Duncan and Barbara Arthurs.