Malcolm Salter and his impeccable Dutch Warmblood Koning have been on music on the 2022 Horse of the 12 months Present (HOYS) to take the HOYS harness horse and pony of the 12 months title.
Showman Malcolm has been competing at HOYS for nearly 40 years, however this 12 months was the primary time he’s scooped the highest title.
Koning was purchased from Holland as a three-year-old by Malcolm’s pal and shopper Mike Clark.
“I started producing him for Mike after which we almost misplaced the horse to an sickness, so after we nursed him again to well being, Mike gave me a half share,” defined Malcolm, who has been reserve within the HOYS harness horse and pony of the 12 months championship on multiple event.
Since Malcolm and Koning’s HOYS victory, Mike has given Malcolm full possession of the Eebert seven-year-old.
“Mike stated to me ‘he’s all yours’; I’m very touched as he’s a improbable horse. He’ll stay out his days with us,” stated Malcolm, who was joined by his son, Oliver, within the ring.
Malcolm first confirmed at HOYS in 1986 when he took reserve within the concours d’class championship. He final took reserve at HOYS in 2018 driving the Welsh part D Newydd Beau.
“My spouse, Nicola, has been reserve a number of instances, too,” he added. “I can say it’s been an extended highway to get right here!”
Malcolm confirmed that he knew Koning could be a celebrity from the minute he laid eyes on him:
“He’s very particular and he’s every part I may have dreamed of and extra. He’s a beautiful character and may be very observant. In one other life he may have been a circus horse. He’s stunning to drive, too, and he instils confidence in me.
“After I took him down the centre line I took one hand off the rein and let him go. He simply sat up and went. You wouldn’t consider it was his first time at HOYS.”
Koning is proven in a spindle again gig made by Thompsons. The gig has been pushed within the HOYS harness horse and pony of the 12 months last beforehand when kitted out with a distinct outfit:
“The gig had been sat in my storage for years however it fitted Koning completely,” Malcolm defined. “It was meant to be.
“After I was driving at HOYS every part fell into place. I regarded out into the gang and noticed faces of outdated buddies I’d proven with again within the day.”
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