HOYS SJ: Wednesday

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HOYS SJ: Wednesday
HOYS SJ: Wednesday
Some of Britain’s most prestigious national show jumping finals took pride of place at the NEC’s LG Arena on the opening day of HOYS this year. And if the standard of the horses on show in the Seven- and Eight-Year-Old Championship was anything to go by, British Showjumping can look forward with hope to London 2012.
The class ended with a family one-two after Robert Whitaker and a relatively new ride, the seven-year-old Waterstone, held on from father John, who produced two magnificent rounds on Keeley Durham’s home-bred Argento.
Robert’s fabulous jump-off round mirrored the winner’s performance in the earlier Squibb and Davies Junior Foxhunter. The honours went to Essex-based 16-year-old Thomas Plaster on the huge-jumping grey mare, Amilie JR Z.
Thomas is out of ponies at the end of the year and may have only one more show with Amilie.
"I wish I could get her to grow 2hh before December!" he joked.
Di Fairclough opened the show with a great win in the Amateur Classic Championship, while the other title went to Ireland. Cheshire-based Anthony Condon had it all to do on his boss Billy Twomey’s British-bred mare Molly Malone, but a classy jump-off left them top of the line in the Trizone Newcomers.