Are you getting withdrawal symptoms from HOYS? If so, feast your eyes here on the best of the best! A selection of worthy Champions of the Show are here for your delight and delectation! Just have to wait another year now till the next batch!!
John Whitaker completed an outstanding double at the 2017 Horse of the Year Show by thrilling a bumper Sunday afternoon crowd at Birmingham’s Genting Arena. The 62-year-old Yorkshireman, who has won numerous medals for Great Britain in major showjumping championships, followed up his victory in Friday’s NAEC Stoneleigh Stakes by landing The Horse & Country TV Challenge Cup.
In only his fourth ever ridden show, Martin Wood’s five-year-old Irish Sport Horse Doorleys Prince scooped the prestigious Coloured Horse and Pony of the Year Champion title on the final day of Horse of the Year Show (HOYS).
Robert Walker was delighted to ride Jill Day’s Lightweight Show Hunter, View Point, to victory in the Catplant Group of Companies Ltd. Show Hunter of the Year Championship, two years after piloting the gelding’s brother, Vantage Point, to the same title at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) 2015.
Nigel Coupe hailed his horse with “a heart of gold” after completing a spectacular treble on the final evening at Horse of the Year Show, Birmingham’s NEC Genting Arena. Golvers Hill, a 14-year-old bay gelding that once competed as a working hunter at HOYS, took the Leading Showjumper of the Year grand prix title.
Intermediate Show Riding Type of the Year Championship: Champion title went to Emily Whitfield’s Parkgate Royal Visit William by Aimbry Chester out of Bowlandforest Burdock. He was ridden by Emma Dewhurst, who has known the horse since he was a three-year-old.
The Bedfordshire-based Oakley Hunt West landed the prestigious Prince Philip Cup for a ninth time at Horse of the Year Show
Topham Barnes Riding Horse of the Year Champion:reigning champion Diamonds are Forever III wasn’t ready to give up the Championship title at this year’s Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). The eight-year-old Warmblood owned by Annabel Jenks took the honours after securing the Large .
The Naylors Equestrian Puissance winner 2017, Padraic Judge (c) Julian Portch
Baileys Horse Feeds’ Irish Draught, Jovian, looked every bit the Champion as he took his lap of honour in The Leeman Family Maxi Cob of the Year with producer and trainer Lynn Russell in the saddle.
Reigning Supreme Horse of the Year and Cob of the Year Champion, Our Cashel Blue, delighted the crowds on the penultimate evening of Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) when he successfully defended The Colosso Family Cob of the Year Champion title, navigated once again by Allister Hood.
Onto the evening performance and the crowd was eager to take their seats for the HOYS Accumulator. After a tough fought competition, it was a joint win for Dutch star Harrie Smolders and Britain’s Mennell Watson.
Wiltshire teenager Tahnia Jordan-Jones completed a stunning Horse of the Year Show double when she won the Squibb Group Pony Foxhunter Championship. Barely 48 hours after landing the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers class on Jumper, Swindon-based Tahnia added Foxhunter success with the same pony in spectacular fashion. It was the first time such a double has been achieved since Hanna Penny and Blue Amber did it 15 years ago.
SEIB Search for a Star Champion: 3 days of competition across the Show Cobs, Working Show Horse/Pony, Riding Horse/Hack and Hunter classes culminated in the overall Championship where Lynsey Lawrence’s Hunter, Mista Fezziwig, took the top honours with the Riding Horse winner, Ellie Simmonds’ Hevans Forever in my Life, in Reserve.
Dorset’s Nigel Olliffe was crowned the Osborne Refrigerators Double Harness Scurry of the Year Champion as the four-day competition drew to a close at Horse of the Year Show.
Tinka’s Flash makes a triumphant return to claim the National Pony Society/Snuggy Hoods Working Hunter Pony of the Year Championship. You could hear a pin drop as Friday afternoon’s audience in the Andrews Bowen International Arena waited to hear who would be crowned National Pony Society/Snuggy Hoods Working Hunter Pony of the Year Champion. In the end it was the Intermediate winner, Hannah’s Sloan’s 15-year-old Chestnut gelding, Tinka’s Flash who rose triumphant after a sterling performance throughout the day.
There was nothing small about the amount of presence displayed by Hannah Bradley’s Ujeniks Dudes Sombrero as he took his lap of honour to reclaim the Miniature Horse of the Year Championship on day three of Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). The five-year-old Skewbald gelding, by Lucky Four Classy Dude and out of Toyhorse Spanish Heart, won the title in 2014 and, on his first visit back to HOYS since, has done it again.
Kathryn Ellison takes the Speedi-Beet Grade C Championship riding Cherokee Bay
Kathleen Wood Childrens Riding Pony of the Year:Leah Dalley’s Archwood Romeo Gigle pulled it out of the bag for the second consecutive year.