The top four horses in last year’s winning line-up were back to contest the prestigious ExcLOOsive Small Show Hunter of the Year Championship on day two of Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). But it was a young horse, unplaced last year, who rose to the occasion to prove himself and give producer, Jayne Ross, her first Small Show Hunter win here at HOYS.
Owned by Kay Campbell, Church Rock Cashel put in a foot-perfect performance in the Andrews Bowen International Arena, taking the honours ahead of 25 starters.
The six-year-old has been with Jayne for two years and has come into his own this year, having also taken the Championship at the Hickstead Derby Meeting. Speaking after the class, a delighted Jayne said: “He’s a bonny, up-for-it little horse. He smiles all the time and this is a very special win.”
The bay gelding has hunted and jumped, and Jayne says he may continue to hunt once or twice over the winter following his HOYS campaign. In the meantime, Alice Homer will take the ride on him in the Rotherwood Stud Intermediate Show Hunter of the Year Championship on Saturday.
Second place went to Lauren Mollard’s Chestnut gelding, Be Smart, ridden by Edward Young.
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