HOYS Showjumping: Sunday

By: Horse Deals

HOYS Showjumping: Sunday
Laura Renwick and Oz De Breve
This year’s HOYS was a magical show for Horse Deals columnist Laura Renwick — who will be writing all about her experience in next month's issue — and things got even better when she rode Oz de Breve to victory in the main class, the Leading Show Jumper of the Year Grand Prix.
Laura and another lady rider from Essex, Jo Pay (Goodmans For Fun), made the first-round course look easy from their early draws, but only Tim Stockdale and Fresh Direct Kalico Bay could also jump clear and they were joined in the jump-off by three riders on a single time-fault.
Everyone was clear again and Tim had set what looked a winning time, but Laura and her eight-year-old chestnut jumped a fantastic round to take the £7,500 prize by almost 1.5sec.
The scene was set earlier in the day in a terrific Vinopolis Speed Horse of the Year class. The lead changed hands throughout and just when the newly engaged Paul Barker was thinking about banking the £3,375 winners’ cheque after a terrific round on Temple Ryefield, in came last-drawn young rider Dan Neilson to knock almost 1sec off the time with Chauvanist.
"Chauvanist is only eight and the best is still to come," said Dan, 20.
Another eight-year-old star by new World Champion Philippe Lejeune’s Vigo d’Arsouilles showed his rivals a clean pair of heels in the opening HOYS Grade C Championship. Old Lodge’s stallion Super Trooper de Ness took last year’s seven- and eight-year-old title for rider Nicky Boulter looked a class apart when setting an unbeatable standard from opening draw.
There were tears from rider and onlookers when Ellen Whitaker retired her veteran Kanselier immediately after this year’s speed horse class. The 18-year-old chesnut — who jumped at the junior Europeans with Georgie Crumley before going to Ellen — has a fantastic record at the highest level and will be greatly missed by his popular rider.
Some of the country’s leading pony riders faced a tough track in the Leading Junior Show Jumper of the Year and only four made the jump-off. The winning round came from final draw when Jessica Mendoza flew round on the mare Tixylix to put her name on the roll of honour for the first time.
The Osborne Refrigerators Hurry Scurry, where show jumpers, national hunt jockeys and scurry drivers combine, proved a real crowd-pleaser.
Dutchman Roelof Bril and former Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey Sam Thomas got a good tune over fences from their borrowed King’s Troop horse, then Alison Millman and her pony pair flew round the cones course to capture the top prize.