Fiona Heeney qualified for HOYS after coming second in the Badgworth qualifier with her 11-year-old mare, Hortons Rose.

Fiona competed in the Newcomers show jumping final at HOYS 25 years ago and said: “I thought my competing days at HOYS were behind me!”

She enjoys hunting with the Hampshire Hunt in the winter, and decided to give the Search for a Star series a go this summer. They finished third in the Wellington qualifying round.

“I was very lucky to find Hortons Rose; she lives out the whole time and does everything I ask of her.

“We were planning to do the Silver Fox Hunt Teams at the end of September, but I think we will have to give that a miss as it is so close to HOYS”.

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