Kent Target left Highlanders tournament, which took place on June the 4th and 5th at Drakes Broughton, the happiest club as they took 4 grade wins from the 7 grades. Celyn and Arden also did well with some grade wins and second places each but it was Kent who were most often at the top of the podium.
In the A grade final (editor’s note: which was actually called the Open grade and was a cup and plate competition which included both the normal A and B grade teams) Kent overcame the Highlanders in the final. The match was close throughout but Kent pulled away towards the end and made sure of their win as their combination of new and established stars linked up well and showed why they are probably once again favourites for the A grade crown at the UKPA Nationals in August. Jarrod Richardson made a good debut for Kent as he won best male player for the weekend.
In the Plate side of the A grade it was Celyn who emerged victorious, overcoming Rugby in a hard fought match. Matilda, owned and ridden by Celyn’s Molly Edwards, won Best Overall Horse.
The Welsh Dragons team also had some individual success, as Amy Hochuli won Best Lady player and Ben Marsh’s Jelly won Best Retrained Racehorse, sponsored by Retraining of Racehorses.
In the C grade it was again Kent who got the win but only by one goal from Arden in a match that was incredibly tight throughout and saw some flash points as tension lead to some wild swings and head hits. The validity of the winning goal was also hotly disputed by Arden as it came in the last minute and Arden insisted it was wide of the posts. However, the umpires said it was a goal and so Kent were duly crowned the winners.
In the D grade it was another win for Kent, this time they overcame the Limemere Sparks who ended in second place after they have both overcome everyone else in the grade.
The Open Juniors was yet another win for Kent, who actually had two sections in the Junior competition. The section of Charlie Hewitt, Charlie Kish and Ronnie Smith won the grade. However, Celyn’s James Cook, Ryan Sweeney and Kate Tranter made sure Kent didn’t get a one-two as they took the second place.
In the Intermediate Juniors it was Arden’s Boy Wilson Fitzgerald, Sammy Borland and Freddie Twinberrow who came out on top with Celyn again in second place and then the Limemere Sparks team were in third.
In the Primary Juniors Celyn and Arden swapped places with Celyn’s Phillip Watney, Harry Thomason and Katie Davies in first place and Arden’s Tegan Bristow, Lottie Wilson-Fitzgerald and Paaige Wilson in second. A mixed team of Yasmin Palmer, Phoebe Sykes and Harriet Wasdell were in third.
HIGHLANDERS RESULTS 2016
Best Horse and Rider Claudia Richardson
Best Lady Amy Hochuli
Best Male Jarrod Richardson
Best Horse Matilda – Molly Edwards
Best Pony Molly – Phoebe Sykes
Best Retrained Racehorse Jelly – Ben Marsh