1. Bowing out on the prime
One of many highlights of Horse of the 12 months Present (HOYS) was the sight of Jill Day’s distinctive light-weight hunter View Level being lead out of the well-known enviornment for the final time after gathering the Supreme Merchandise HOYS supreme horse of the 12 months title for the second 12 months in a row. Described by his rider and producer Robert Walker as “a formidable horse” who had given the Walker workforce “some nice days”, there was barely a dry eye on the stands. Robert stated: “He by no means provides lower than 120%, however they will’t do it ceaselessly. In some unspecified time in the future we now have to name it a day, and why not exit on the highest.”
2. A employee is topped supreme pony
Additionally on the ultimate day of top-class equestrian motion in Birmingham, the HOYS pony supreme went to the image good mixture of 10-year-old Elsie Lynch and the Ward Household’s working hunter pony Noble Peppermint (Pepper). Elsie and Pepper had been making their HOYS debut as a partnership and Pepper, HOYS working hunter pony champion in 2018 with Ruby Ward, by no means missed a beat retaining a jolly disposition all through. The judges stated: “She had beautiful charisma and he or she simply had one thing about her” and “She simply smiled the entire approach by means of the judging course of.”
3. A heavy making historical past
The winner of the HOYS British ridden heavy horse of the championship has gone down within the historical past books as the primary Shire to qualify for each the HOYS ridden heavy horse championship and the in-hand Shire of the 12 months closing in the identical season. At 17.2hh, Westfield Calendar Lady is a comparatively small instance of her breed, however as her rider and producer heavy horse specialist Emma Inexperienced says: “although she be however little, she is fierce”.
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