The first riding horse/hack ticket at Towerlands went to Sophie Heatley, 18, and her 5-year-old Dutch-bred bay gelding, Witz.

Sophie has just finished a national diploma in horse management at Writtle College and will go on to do a degree in equine sports therapy.

Sophie says: “Witz likes work and he does everything you ask. Showing is his forte and he seems to like it so we will keep on doing it”.

Sophie has wanted to compete at HOYS since she was a child. “We go every year to watch — it will be a dream to compete!”

The other class ticket went to Fiona Foster Campbell with her own Classic Call.

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