HOYS SJ: Saturday

By: Horse Deals

HOYS SJ: Saturday
Shane Breen and Mullaghdrin Gold Rain
Saturday at HOYS may have been a sell-out, but you could have heard a pin drop during the fifth and final round of the closing Tagg Puissance.
And two of the four who reached that stage — Tina Fletcher (Promised Land) and an equally delighted Ellen Whitaker on Landina B — were clear again over the mighty 7ft 2in wall to share the honours. Philip Miller (Loughnatousa WB) and Angie Thompson (Oksana W) both looked a little unlucky not to join them, but had to be content with a well-deserved joint third place.
Earlier that evening, Ireland’s Shane Breen gave a masterclass of jumping against the clock without appearing to go fast to win the accumulator on the good grey Mullaghdrin Gold Rain, with whom he has been victorious at international shows all over the world
The first win for the foreign contingent came earlier in the day when Rik Hemeryck took the Denis Fisher Memorial Cup honours for Belgium after the careful Papillon Z jumped the sole double clear. This is the first visit to the show for Rik, who pleased the crowd by clearly showing his joy after his round and on his lap of honour.
There were three national championships at stake. This has been a great week for Horse Deals columnists and our breeding diarist Shirley Light was left celebrating after Louise Pavitt rode the stallion Don VHP Z to victory in the six-year-old final.
The youngest show jumpers were in action in the 128cm and 138cm championships, which both saw dominant performances. The classy Jessica Hewitt added to her two wins at the Scope Festival with a 128cm one-two on Pendini and Rapidash, then Darby Ward repeated the feat in the 138cm class.
Darby was third and fourth to go in the four-pony jump-off and produced two immaculate rounds to finish first and second with My Bugsy Malone and Oakhurst In The Spotlight.