HOYS SJ: Friday

By: Horse Deals

HOYS SJ: Friday
On form: Robert Whitaker
Robert Whitaker took over the mantle of show jumping star from cousin Ellen on day three of HOYS. The Yorkshireman produced a stunning performance on Rowena Gredley’s Omelli to win the biggest prize of the show to date, the £5,225-to-the-winner Zinc Event Management Trophy.
Omelli was previously ridden by Tim Gredley — who has retired from the sport to pursue business interests — and Robert is now hoping to aim the scopey bay at team selection.
The international classes began with a first HOYS victory for a rider at the start of his career. Hampshire-based 21-year-old Sam Hutton jumped a great early round on the grey Valentino VII in the Dick Turpin Stakes speed class, then hung on to gain his best win to date.
Horse Deals columnist Laura Renwick is also on top form and gained her second win of the show in the hoys.co.uk Cup. This table C class had seconds added for fences down, but Laura and Beluga were clear all the way to defeat the previous day’s heroine Ellen Whitaker (CS Online) by 0.8sec.
Another rider from Essex, Dan Neilson, took the Young Riders Championship of Great Britain in fine style. Dan and Celia Mason’s former HOYS newcomers champion Chauvanist — whose sire, Vigo d’Arsouilles has made the final four in the World Games with Belgium’s Philippe Lejeune — jumped the sole double clear over a tough track from first draw and pushed all their rivals into errors.
Pony riders took centre stage at the start of the show in the Blue Chip Junior Newcomers Championship. Chantelle Duggan and Rumworth Taylors Twilight had to settle for second place in the junior Foxhunter equivalent, but a fabulous jump-off round left them at the head of the line on this occasion.