Three of the best for Nicole Pavitt

Nicole Pavitt has amassed quite a collection of Hickstead rosettes over the years, but today she surpassed her own expectations with a one-two-three in the first class of the day.


There were 99 starters in the Selwood Equine Novice Stakes, and Nicole brought three horses forward. She then defied expectations by taking home the top three places with Amelia 16, Gemmarco 16 and Kings Heaven.

"I'm shocked as with two of them I was just riding for double clears so I didn't really go against the clock," said Nicole.

Despite this, Nicole's three horses finished within one second of each other, netting perfect clear rounds.

"I'm in the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Saturday so I'm hoping my luck continues!" added the Sussex-based rider. "Amelia and Gemmarco are both homebred so it's really nice to bring them here and win, especially having started them from scratch."

In the Alexanders Horseboxes Ring 3, the Hickstead 1.30m Open was won by Georgia Tame riding Carus Royale, while Ben Parnaby won the Gray Horsebox Manufacturers 1.00m Open riding Captain Junior.

Guy Williams, who was named in the squad for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup on Friday, got his show off to a good start when winning the Winter Grades B & C Championship qualifier with Tinkerbell W.

In the showing classes, Chelsmoor Rockstar took the honours in the Indian Trail Skewbald & Piebald (plaited) large ridden pony championship, as well as the overall Coloured Pony Championship and the Coloured Horse and Pony Supreme - a dream result for owner/rider Jill Wormall. In reserve was Fairfax C, ridden by Hannah Horton.

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