Paul Barker, winner of the Rexton Speed and Power Championship, on Blue Chip Quinton

In the exciting culmination of the ‘Rexton Speed and Power Championship’ Paul Barker, riding Blue Chip Quinton, was declared winner at this year’s Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham beating off competition from 20 rivals in a finale based on six qualifying rounds held around the UK.

The Championship is new to the event this year and saw finalists compete over eight jumps in a speed section, before tackling four six-bar show jumps built to ever increasing heights up to a maximum of 1.6 metres.

Barker’s winning time was 49.19 seconds, and despite the combined speed and height element – he achieved this with a clear round. Second place went to Di Lampard riding Williams Spirit who completed the course in 49.63 seconds, with Keith Shore finishing third in 49.99 seconds riding Pakko. Other riders included famous names such as John Whitaker, Robert Whitaker and Matthew Broome.

Paul, who lives in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, said: "Blue Chip Quinton’s a good speed horse and really suited for this championship. The Rexton Championship gave a fresh look to show jumping this year and produced a really exciting finale for the crowds."

In a return to the UK market, Rexton is the new 4x4 model from SYUK Cars Ltd, distributors for SsangYong vehicles from South Korea.

Managing director of SYUK Cars Ltd, Peter Ellis said: "We were thrilled to support such an exciting new event and to have so many well known riders competing. Complementing the speed, power and agility of the new Rexton with an equestrian event such as this was tremendous for the launch of this new car into the UK."

Paul won the Rexton trophy and a cheque for £3,000.

Published : 08/10/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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