Mincher Delivers a Double Clear

SEIB Celebrate Successful Winter Novice Championship Series

Last Updated: Aug 5, 2014 05:27pm
Allesley, Coventry
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The South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) Winter Novice Series culminated with a thrilling Championship held during the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead (29th July – 3rd August 2014).

Back in October last year and through to March of this year, eligible horse and rider combinations travelled all over the country to compete in the eleven Championship qualifiers. With just two qualifying places available from each qualifier, competition was fierce, making for an exciting winter series. There was also a last qualifier held on Tuesday 29th July 2014 at the Longines Royal International Horse Show.

A total of twenty-five combinations came forward to contest the Championship and twelve of these combinations then went on to produce a first round clear, securing them a place in the jump off. A twisty jump off track saw just five double clears being delivered and with the Championship win at stake, the clock was to prove to be crucial once again.

Victory came from the penultimate horse and rider in the jump off, 42 year-old Julian Mincher from Chatham, Kent with Dolanda, a 6 year-old bay mare owned by Jacqueline Jones. With three double clears having been produced before Julian knew that in order to take the Championship title, he would also need a double clear, but in an even quicker time. Shaving off the seconds where he could, Julian rode with precision to ensure that his ride was not only careful but quick and in doing that, he delivered that double clear in just 44.70 seconds, a time which was to be unbeatable.

Having set the pace early on, 16 year-old Millie Allen from Stockton-On-Tees, Cleveland and Grenoble 46, an 8 year-old grey mare owned by Millie’s father Peter, held the top spot for the majority of the jump off round after producing a double clear in 45.64 seconds. After a tense wait for the other combinations to go, Millie would have been pleased to hang onto the runners-up position.

Third place was taken by the last combination in the jump off. Irish rider Richard Howley (22) who is based in Wetherby, West Yorkshire also knew that a double clear would put in the hunt for a top placing and he secured this on board Newton Avalon, a 7 year-old bay mare owned Megan Stephens. The pairing crossed the finish line in 46.11 seconds.


SEIB Winter Novice Championship - Wednesday 30th July 2014

1st Julian Mincher & Dolanda – 0/0 – 44.70 seconds
2nd Millie Allen & Grenoble 46 – 0/0 – 45.64 seconds

3rd Richard Howley & Newton Avalon – 0/0 – 46.11 seconds

4th Stephanie Scott & Opis Day – 0/0 – 49.38 seconds

5th Kelsey Smith & Hero II – 0/0 – 57.23 seconds

6th Michaela Huntingdon & Alegro Z – 0/4 – 44.94 seconds


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