Hickstead appointment for Allan top mare

LOUGHNATOUSA RAVEN and John Crippen qualified yesterday at Patchetts for The Royal International Horse Show Final (Grade B/C) at Hickstead.

Clear in the first round, Raven and John joined eight others in the jump-off with its big looking, tight indoor course. Going second last, with only one rival clear, they had to go clear in a quicker time to guarantee qualification for Hickstead. If the last competitor went quicker, it wouldn’t matter. The key was to guarantee being 2nd.

John’s timing was immaculate, blending minimum risk with going quickly enough. The final horse and rider had to risk all and did indeed go clear and more quickly, but Raven had already guaranteed qualification for The Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead.