Posted on October 14th, 2013

Local Stars Shine at HOYS

Britain’s leading lady rider Laura Renwick secured the win in the Dick Turpin Stakes with the speedy mare Beluga at this year’s Horse of the Year Show.

“She’s tough to catch if she leaves the fences up,” said Essex-based Laura. “She always goes fast, it’s just the way she likes to compete.”

Caroline Tyrrell’s The Comedian was crowned Virbac 3D Worming Cob of the Year Champion in front of a 9,500-strong crowd on day four of the event. The eight-year-old liver chestnut gelding by Welcome Flagmount gave Norfolk-based Allister Hood a foot-perfect ride despite the electric atmosphere that was quickly building in the Andrews Bowen International Arena.

“It was amazing and he was just fantastic,” said Allister. “He stood like a rock in there.”

Sunday 13th October also saw home-grown World Number One show jumper Ben Maher from Essex claim the Thistledown Stakes with Kavanagh.

“I hadn’t had a great start to the week. My top horses are having a week off, so I had to borrow some,” Ben explained. “Kavanagh belongs to John and Laura Renwick, and Laura usually rides him. I have a different style to her, so it’s taken us a few days to click. Now we have, it’s been great to give the home crowd a win.”

Posted on October 10th, 2013

Smirnov Toasts His First HOYS Success

Philip Spivey is no stranger to collecting the Champion’s spoils at Horse of the Year Show. In 2005, he won the Horse & Hound Foxhunter Championship with Romanov and this year he claimed the EquestrianClearance.Com Senior Newcomers title with Smirnov, the son of his previous Champion.

“He’s a home-bred horse, who was then sold to my groom, Charlotte Briggs,” said Philip. “He’s a lot like his father, who went on to become a successful international horse and is now being competed by Ireland’s Bertram Allen.”

Photo: ES Photography

Posted on October 3rd, 2013

Julia’s Win

Suffolk-based riding instructor and livery yard owner Julia Woods celebrated her birthday by capturing one of three BE80(T) British Riding Club Championships at Brooksby Melton College Horse Trials with a top class performance throughout.

With more than 90 entries for the finals, held as part of the BE80(T) British Riding Club Eventing Championships, it was decided to run three sections at this popular event.

Julia was riding Kate Simmons’ seven-year-old Connemara gelding, St Flannans Aodhan.  Also a member of the St Edmunds Riding Club, this has been their first season competing in British Eventing.Julia finished on her dressage score of 25.5 penalties, managing to keep hold of their lead by just one mark, with second place going to Bizzy Loffet and Theressomethingabout Bob.