TWINSHOCK Warrior crowned an incredible week at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) for Jayne Ross by taking the supreme horse championship.
The seven-year-old gelding by Ricardo Z and owned by Jill Marsden and Tanya Moulden had been reserve show hunter last year but went one better this time after winning the heavyweight class again before taking the supreme award on the final evening of the show.
The supreme pony of the year title went to Coco Bongo, the winner of the working hunter pony championship. The 133cm 10-year-old gelding owned by William Calder was ridden by Chloe Lemieux.
Jayne Ross’s week started with her first ever win at HOYS in the small hunter class with Kay Campbell’s Church Rock Cashel. She then went on the take the hack championship, another title which had previously eluded her, with eight-year-old Forgeland Hyde Park, a son of Kilvington Scoundrel with the winner of the small hack class, Parkgate Royal Visit William in reserve. Owned by Nick Brooke, it was ridden by Robert Walker who had also stood reserve to Mrs Ross in the hunter championship with Jill Day’s middleweight winner, Northern Pride.
Mr Walker’s son, Sam also won the intermediate show hunter of the year with the same owner’s Carnsdale Wise Guy.
Jayne Ross also dominated the riding horse section taking the small class with Diane Stennet’s Casino III, a previous three-time winner of the class which went on the claim the championship ahead of the large class winner, CSF Cummer Paradise owned by Tony Reynolds and Michael Cook, also ridden by Mrs Ross.
Our Cashel Blue, the 2017 supreme horse of the year and 2018 cob champion, made a winning return claiming the lightweight cob section before going on the take the championship ridden by Allister Hood.
In reserve was the second placed lightweight cob, Sue Benson’s Whitegate Dazzler ridden by Anne Leaver.
The show pony championship went to the 138cm class winner, Stretcholt New Dimension, a five-year-old in its first season ridden by Charlotte Caulfield and owned by Louise Caulfield.
In reserve was the 148cm class winner, Serena Parkhouse’s Jackets Destiny ridden by Emmy Packhouse. For the sixth time the 128cm class was won by Rotherwood Rainmaker ridden by India Till.
Another pony winning for the second consecutive year was Chaseford Actor, the lead rein victor. Owned by Megan Gilbert, ridden by her daughter, Bella, and led by Julie Templeton, it went on to be reserve mini champion to the winner of the first ridden class, Barkway Mr McGregor, owned by Emma Andrews and ridden by Georgina Storey.
The intermediate championship went to the winner of the 158cm class, Vicki Rudd’s Holmestones Tailor Made ridden by Charlotte Elliot-Grooby with the 153cm class winner, Royal Engagement owned by Victoria Trice and ridden by Lydia Trice in reserve.
Julie Bankier rode her mother Kate’s 153cm show hunter pony winner to take the championship ahead of the second placed pony from the same class, CSF Chantilly Galway Girl ridden by Jessica Reed-Else.
History was made when the lead rein class winner, Thistledown Van der Vaart ridden by Lilly Richardson and led by Sharn Linney, claimed the mountain and moorland (M and M) mini supreme for the fifth year running.
Reserve went to the second placed lead rein, the Dartmoor, Springwater Tamara ridden by Elizabeth Mickle and led by Sarah Newbould.
The 10 ridden M and M classes culminated in a championship win for the Welsh Section A, Nanfforchog Blue Moondust owned by Muriel Jackson and ridden by Frankie Currell.
Emma Boardman won the Welsh Section D class for the second time before standing reserve overall champion.
The 2017 M and M working hunter pony champion, the Connemara, Laburnum Richard returned to take the title once again for owner/rider, Amy Smith. Carmilo Magician, a 19-year-old Shetland was reserve, ridden by Beatrice Shepherd.
Amy’s sister, Vicky Smith, won the non-native coloured horse class on Michelle Cuerden’s Del Boy V, before taking the reserve championship behind the winner of the native/cob/traditional coloured pony class, Bart ridden by another Vikky Smith.
The showing classes culminated with a win on the final evening in the shire horse of the year championship for Paul Bedford’s nine-year-old mare, Fellthorpe Esther.