HOYS SJ: Thursday

By: Horse Deals

HOYS SJ: Thursday
Ellen Whitaker and Equimax Ocolado
It was "ladies’ day" in Thursday’s show jumping classes at HOYS. Not only did Horse Deals columnist Laura Renwick triumph in the national class every rider wants to win — the Horse & Hound Foxhunter — but her rival for the title of Britain’s leading female rider, Ellen Whitaker, scored an unprecedented treble in the international classes.
Ellen set the ball rolling on Kanselier in the Xerox Special Events Services Cup, where the evergreen chesnut’s experience proved too much for some promising young horses in the jump-off. Then in the Sky Sports Trophy two-phase, Henry and Edna Harding’s stallion CS Online simply flew round a tough track to capture the £1,000 prize.
Ellen was favourite with the show bookies going into the final Jump 4 Joy Trophy speed class and she didn’t let her supporters down. A wonderful round on her current number one ride, Equimax Ocolado, was rewarded by victory, with her cousin Robert having to settle for second spot on Rostaar.
Laura Renwick had to produce an equally stunning performance to take the Foxhunter honours with Julia Biddle’s Parvati de Breve, the mare she has been aiming at this title all year.
Simon Crippen had set a seemingly impossible target on another lovely mare, Jenny Bingham’s big grey Wembley, but, after a circumspect start, Laura upped the pace and, with a brave gallop to the last, took a 1.2sec winning lead.
"I had to be careful with the double because she found it so short she almost bounced it in the first round. Once that was out of the way, I could ask her to go — and she certainly went," said a delighted Laura afterwards.