opening showjumping win for Isabella Beecroft-Luckett


  • The Longines World Champions Tour of London (LGCT London) kicked off on Thursday (10 August) with a superb British win for teenage rider Isabella Beecroft-Luckett along with her “feisty” chestnut mare Dahar. The 15-year-old racked up a string of top placings on the present final yr, however mentioned it “felt wonderful” to assert a winner’s rug and lead the lap of honour for the opening CSI2* 1.15mIG Equine Boutique two-phase.

    Drawn late with the second of her two rides, Isabella steered the mare precisely around the tight bends and ahead down the traces throughout the ultimate part, simply holding to the ultimate oxer to nip dwelling a whisker – 0.03sec to be exact – in entrance of long-time chief Tara Dow-Rein of Canada driving Hokyra Fortuna.

    “Dahar is de facto good at turning and sitting up on the finish to attend for the ultimate fence which we did on that ultimate line,” defined Isabella of her mom Claire Beecroft’s Dutch-bred Quasimodo Van De Molendreef x Voltaire mare, who beforehand jumped on children-on-horses with Olli Fletcher.

    “She’s fairly robust, however she makes up for it as a result of she’s quick. She’s additionally so bouncy that she’s not nice to trip on the flat – all she desires to do is get within the ring and soar fences.”

    LGCT London: receiving directions over the telephone

    Isabella’s mom Claire was in sole coach mode whereas Isabella’s father Geoff Luckett was caught at dwelling watching the livestream – and phoning by directions. The previous worldwide showjumper is on the sidelines after breaking his leg in a motorcycle accident at dwelling. It actually paid off for Isabella, a former England mounted video games crew rider, who’s in flying type in the meanwhile.

    Dahar was given to her when Isabella was 11 and transferring from ponies to horses. The mare wasn’t essentially the plain alternative along with her fiery nature, however the pair have shaped an unbelievable bond.

    “I do know her the very best out of all of my group of horses, and it’s very nice to have a horse I understand how to trip like her,” mentioned Isabella.

    Taking third within the opening class of the LGCT London was Eire’s Aisling Byrne, a daily winner at this present, driving Celeste SPB Z, whereas Isabella’s aunt Imogen Beecroft took fourth on Chablis.

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