“It’s solely taken me 26 years to win Horse of the 12 months Present,” stated an elated Polly Coles, who lifted the Leeman Household HOYS maxi cob of the 12 months championship along with her personal and her mom Debbie Harrod’s gray gelding Boheradurrow Fred (Nigel).
Whereas Polly has competed at HOYS for years, this was her first time driving the centre line. And what a companion 10-year-old Nigel, second on the 2022 Royal Worldwide (RIHS) in July, proved to be.
“I didn’t anticipate this one bit,” stated Polly, who purchased Nigel from Ruth Flack and Katie Jerram-Hunnable originally of the 2022 season. “We’ve solely had one 12 months collectively, and he’s solely carried out a handful of reveals. I wasn’t available in the market for a maxi cob, however Mum had all the time appreciated him. We went to strive him and had meant for him to be a hunt horse, however issues modified.”
Polly says Fred is a real ‘enjoyable all-round cob’.
“Forward of HOYS he’s carried out a few mornings out cubbing, and I additionally hope to do girls’ courses on him as he takes a side-saddle,” she stated. “He additionally loves leaping so maybe we’ll do some staff sooner or later, too.”
This season, Fred was additionally second at Lincoln, completed fourth on the Nice Yorkshire and booked his HOYS cross after profitable at Ashbourne.
“He gave me a mega experience,” stated Polly, who was joined on the ringside by her workforce, together with main present determine Nigel Hollings, who was additionally marking a profession first, as that is the primary HOYS-winning cob he’s been concerned with.
“He solely had 10 minutes of labor earlier than stepping into,” added Polly. “Simply to be pulled in prime in such a powerful class was a WOW second. All the things nonetheless looks as if a blur.”
Conformation decide Alan Mickleburgh stated: “This was one of many strongest maxi cob courses I’ve seen. Most have been completely true to kind.”
The highest six within the HOYS maxi cob ultimate have been:
2. Joanne Barker’s Chantilly Sandman and Jayne Ross
3. Man Mears’ Brookdale Restricted Version and Issy Mears
4. Dena King’s Sample Grasp and Jordan Cook dinner
5. Elizabeth Bury’s Lord Alexander and Stephen Norris
6. Gina Mills’ Nation Seat and Phil Shields
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