EQUESTRIANISM: Allington show jumping event attracts top riders

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Arena UK’s Festival of Show Jumping took place at Allington at the weekend.

The annual five-day event attracts more than 1,500 competitors from all over the UK, with all the top UK and Irish professionals including Ellen Whitaker and Geoff Billington, and offers a total prize fund of close to £200,000.

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The 75 top riders competed for a share of the £60,000 prize fund in the Grand Prix Major Final event, which was hotly contested and featured on both Sky TV and Horse and Country TV, along with the Puissance and Young Rider events.

In front of packed grandstands, just eight riders jumped clear in the first round and the jump-off was finally won by Robert Bevis, of Wrexham, riding his grey Courtney 6.

Representing Lincolnshire County Council, Ray and Linda Wootten presented rosettes to the winner and runners-up.

The event was also attended by Grantham town mayor Ian Selby who particularly enjoyed the Puissance competition in which final height of the wall reached 6ft 10in.

Ian said: “Arena UK has become the premier venue in the UK for showjumping. It attracts the very best competitors and we are fortunate to have it on our doorstep.

“Friday evening’s Puissance event over the big wall is the event everyone loves to watch, and it was great to see Joseph Clayton from Bingham win.”

Mayor Ian Selby is pictured alongside Joseph Clayton on Rockim, which is owned by Michael Whitaker.

Ray and Linda Wooten are pictured with Grand Prix winner Robert Bevis on Courtney 6.