Mexican Summer time, fantastically ridden by proprietor Georgina Wilkes, supplied a fairytale consequence within the first exhibiting class, the Mears Flooring HOYS women’ present horse closing, within the Andrews Bowen worldwide enviornment this morning on the 2022 Horse of the Yr Present (HOYS).
The ever-mannerly 14-year-old, showing at her final present earlier than retiring to the maternity wing, glided spherical as if on oiled wheels, ears pricked all through, to go the 17-strong HOYS women’ present horse class beneath judges Michaela Bowling (trip) and Kathy Bowdler (conformation).
“She by no means put a foot misplaced,” mentioned Michaela, who awarded the mare her highest trip mark. “She went mega.”
Kathy agreed. “She caught our eye from the second she got here into the ring,” she mentioned. “She simply owned it all through.”
The highest two horses had been shut, although, and second spot went to one of many few cobs ahead, Man Mears’ good-looking gray, Brookdale Restricted Version, who appeared to present producer/jockey Danielle Heath a super-comfy trip.
“There was little or no to decide on between them,” agreed Michaela and Kathy. “It might have gone both approach.”
Third place went to a different facet saddle “common,” Lucinda Martin, this time with Sam Powell’s upstanding seven-year-old Bloomfield Greystones.
“Mexi,” a daughter of the prolific sire Ramexico, has been with the Wilkes household all through, however till at present, the highest spot on this class had eluded her — her greatest earlier consequence was second in 2018.
She additionally contests intermediates and small hunters efficiently, and is because of seem in each these guises later within the week — Georgina will take the hunter trip and Sophie Beaumont contests the intermediates.
“She’s all the time straightforward, however at present she was distinctive,” mentioned a beaming Georgina, for whom it was a primary HOYS win. “She simply had that bit of additional pizazz. She’s so laid-back too — she hadn’t had a facet saddle on for 2 months earlier than at present, however she simply had 10 minutes’ warm-up and in we went.”
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