Sarah Carey’s seemingly invincible Pearly King continued his exceptionally successful season on day two of Horse of the Year Show. The 2012 Supreme Horse of the Year, by Kilvington Scoundrel, gave Simon Charlesworth another top-class ride in the Topham Barnes Hack of the Year Championship to retain the prestigious title for a second year. All eyes will now be on the pair as they head for the Supreme Horse of the Year Championship on Sunday evening.
“I’m both relieved and ecstatic. To do it twice is just fantastic,” said Simon. “He’s had a great season – there’ll never be another one like him.”
Another past Supreme Horse of the Year, Dunbeacon, returned to HOYS in top form to take the Science Supplements Ladies Hunter of the Year. Mr and Mrs Jerram’s 14-year-old bay gelding Dunbeacon gave Katie Jerram a foot-perfect ride as the Andrews Bowen International Arena became a picture of elegance with 20 side-saddle competitors in traditional habits. Dunbeacon will join Pearly King in Sunday night’s Supreme Horse of the Year Championship.
Alongside returning Champions, it was also a day for first time wins. Beth Simons rode the Welsh Section C Yrallt May Day Surprise to a stylish victory in the NPS/Baileys Horse Feeds Mountain & Moorland Ridden Pony of the Year Championship. This was the 11-year-old stallion’s first HOYS win.
“He’s just the best pony ever”, said Beth.
Staying with the native ponies, Deborah Barr’s Welsh Section A Waitwith Westwind claimed the PRP Rescue Services Mountain and Moorland Working Hunter Pony of the Year Championship. A little earlier in the day, Andrew Hamilton-Rhodes achieved a long time ambition when Brookeborough Duke took the Harness Champion of the Year title.
There is plenty still to come during the week at HOYS. National showing and show jumping championships will take place every day alongside world-class international show jumping. There is also the Virbac 3D Worming Pony Club Mounted Games and Osborne Refrigerators Double Harness Scurry to look forward to, as well as the two very special displays: The Musical Drive of The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, presented by Home Farm Hothorpe and the Mulbrooke Stud, and Luma the Lion, the small pony ingeniously disguised as a big cat. Visitors can also enjoy educational and fun activities in the Parelli Interactive Savvy Area located in the famous Retail Village . Sunday’s very special gala evening performance will feature a fantastic finale complete with a performance from Military Wives Choirs and three very special equine guests: Arko III, Beckside Little Toff and Holme Grove Prokofiev.
For show information, including the show timetable, and to book, visit www.hoys.co.uk or call 0844 581 8282.