Tim Davies wins the first ever All England Grand Prix at Hickstead

Tim Davies and the talented nine-year-old Valentijn O picked up their second win of the All England Jumping Championships, winning the inaugural All England Grand Prix. 

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With eight riders through to the jump-off, competition was fierce and four riders jumped double clear. Second to go Philip Spivey got round in a time of 60.20sec, only to be bettered by Jay Halim and VIP II, who finished on 59.65sec. Henry Turrell stepped up next with a clear in 54.42sec on Brian Lear's Urlanmore Aldi - but then Tim shaved almost a second off the time to claim the £2,000 first prize.

"This is all down to him," said Tim, paying tribute to Barrett Watson's bay gelding. "In the first round, I completely missed my timing over a fence and he got me out of trouble to clear it. He just wants to clear his fences, and the more you let him run, the better you go. He is an absolute gem."

Tim and Valentijn O are also riding high in the British Showjumping International Stairway series, and hope to qualify for October's Horse of the Year Show.

He was not the only rider to score multiple wins at this show. Local rider Louise Pavitt was the winner of the All England 1.30m Championship riding Tiore, while Leesa Long continued her winning run at Hickstead with victory in the All England 1.10m Open Championship on Tiamo II.

Three riders jumped double clear in the All England 1.20m Open Championship, and the fastest of these was Clare Louise Shepherd from Manchester, who was riding Ayrton IV.

Show director Lizzie Bunn said: "We are absolutely delighted with the way our new national show has gone and the feedback from the riders has been extremely positive. It was especially gratifying to see so many first timers get the chance to ride in the International Arena. I think I can safely say that the All England Jumping Championships will become a permanent fixture in the calendar."

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