HOYS17: Talent Seekers inc 7 Year Old Championship

Chloe Winchester described her opening day win at Horse of the Year Show as “what dreams are made of.” Chloe, from Suffolk, triumphed in the Talent Seekers, incorporating the seven-year-old, Championship, with Louise Saywell riding Mac Uwe finishing in second place on the leading seven-year-old.

Chloe’s jump-off time of 37.11 seconds, on the 10-year-old bay mare Sportsfield Our Clare, proved more than a second quicker than Louise, while third place went to Bumble Thomas on Aramis.

“I am absolutely over the moon,” Chloe said. “There was a bit of pressure in terms of going first, so I did as much as I could, and it worked out today. She has been very competitive throughout the summer, and I know if I push her, she will do whatever she can to jump clear. It is just amazing to win here – it’s what dreams are made of. It is such an amazing experience.

“I evented her as a five and 6-year-old, then she had a foal last year and she came back to jumping this year and this where she has ended up. It really is a dream come true. Every question we have asked of her, she has just given that bit more and that bit more.”

It was also a memorable evening for Louise, and reflecting on Mac Uwe’s richly promising display, she said: “He was very good. He jumped a super round. He went in there like a pro and jumped fantastic. He is relatively new to me, and HOYS is completely different to any other indoor, so I am delighted. Before he came here, we had really high hopes for him, and he has just proved it again to why we think that.”

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