Wednesday Show Report : HOYS 2011

By: Horse Deals

Wednesday Show Report : HOYS 2011
Pippa Funnell wins the Equestrian Clearance Newcomers on Billy Balou

Young show jumpers — riders and horses — took centre stage on the second day of HOYS, where the programme included prestigious championships for seven- and eight-year-old horses.

There was a stirring jump-off for the seven-year-old title before the honours went to British-based Irishman Trevor Breen on the stallion Oldtown KC, a son of the great stallion Cruising.

Trevor watched Bruce Menzies produce some lovely turns on another stallion, the Belgian-bred Darco son Eclips van Erpekom, and he followed the same route, making use of the chestnut’s long stride to inch ahead by just 0.16sec.

Only three of a classy Addington Manor eight-year-old field made the jump-off and the winners were the last to go, Sammie Jo Coffin and her striking Dutch-bred chestnut, Willem de Lux. Sammie Jo, who had travelled from Cornwall for the show, has been in fantastic form recently and must enjoy her visits to the Midlands — she and her son of Lupicor took the grand prix at Solihull’s pre-HOYS show only days before HOYS.

Earlier in the day Pippa Funnell produced a fabulous jump-off round to win the Equestrian Clearance Newcomers final on her home-bred Billy Balou. The big bay son of Cevin Z led from first draw and victory came after a racing-style gallop the length of the arena to the final oxer.

Pippa almost handed the ride on Billy Balou to husband William.

"I’ve been too busy eventing to ride him and I never dreamed I could win here," she said.

The honours well spread all over Britain today and the HOYS Amateur Classic title was not settled until the last to go. Scotland’s Aileen Craig took every chance on her scopey Dutch-bred Quilletto stallion Quiberon D and they galloped ahead of the luckless Belle Fleur and Ami Measor, a rider gaining her third top three placing in this class in as many years.

Pony riders had their first taste of the Andrews Bowen International Arena in the Squibb Demolition Junior Foxhunter. This produced yet another great winning round, this time from Charlotte Jose and the striking cream pony Edenside Blue Eyes.

Showing enthusiasts had some huge classes of TopSpec hunters to watch before judges Sue Rawding and Paul Cook chose Cheshire-based Danielle Heath — her first HOYS win — and the novice middleweight Oathill Take The Biscuit as their champions over the heavyweight winners, Oliver Hood and Act Flyn Lad.

The NPC/Baileys ridden mountain and moorland classes proved equally popular and it was Welsh ponies that ruled the day. The title went to Laura Rowe with the section D Sydenham King George, with Lucy Morris and the section A Brynodyn Savannah reserve.

Brenda Thompson stable proved triumphant in the miniature horse of the year. The mare and gelding winner Scott Creek My Key To Fashion took the title over Brenda’s youngstock winner Scott Creek Monarch Red Graffitti.