The Horse & Hound Foxhunter showjumping class at HOYS has a long and illustrious history. Here we look back at 34 of the special horses that have held the title

Named after Harry Llewellyn’s famous showjumper, who jumped clear at the 1952 Olympic Games to help the team secure Britain’s only gold medal of the games, the Foxhunter national showjumping championship class has been held at HOYS (Horse of the Year Show) since 1954.

Sponsored by Horse & Hound, each year the class features the very best of the country’s novice horses. Looking down the list of previous winners (below), it’s easy to identify many horses have gone on to major international success after winning the prestigious Foxhunter title.

Congratulations to Robert Maguire, who was the latest rider to join the Foxhunter hall of fame riding Anastasia van der Helle in Birmingham this evening (Thursday 8 October). Robert was one of only two rider to jump a double clear in the final.

The 2014 winner Jude Burgess with Carvelo Z explains why the Foxhunter remains such a flagship title for producers of young horses: “If you produce young horses, there are plenty of other classes you can go for, but this has always been the flagship for me and it’s got the tradition behind it — it’s top of the list and the one I’ve always wanted to win. But it’s a hard enough class just to qualify for, let alone finish at the top of the leaderboard.”

Foxhunter winners hall of fame

1954 Miss F. Stanbury – Dreamboat
1955 Miss B.P. Rose – Royal Lord
1956 J. Weaver – Andrew Cobb Esq
1957 Miss A. Barker – Lucky Sam
1958 A. John – Rambler IV
1959 Capt. P.T. Holland – Savernake
1960 D. Iggulden – Bawbee Of Edinbarnet
1961 D. Iggulden – The Barrhead Builder
1962 Mr D. Bunn – Beethoven
1963 Miss A. Roger Smith – Rockwell
1964 Miss J. Nash – Lights Out
1965 Miss A. Ross – Topaz III
1966 David Broome – Top Of The Morning
1967 Mr G. Spiers – Miranda XIV
1968 Mr S. Hadley – Flying Wild
1969 Miss C. Bradley – Walkie Talkie
1970 Mrs P. Graham – Pennywort
1971 Harvey Smith – Mannering
1972 Miss L. Clower – Miss Tina
1973 Graham Fletcher – Hold Hard
1974 Harvey Smith – Olympic Star
1975 Willie Sheret – St Corry
1976 P. Richardson – Ryehill
1977 Miss M. Spens – Port Paddy
1978 Stuart Davidson – L.B.F
1979 Malcome Pyrah – Saucy Brown
1980 Derek Ricketts – Corals Morning Glory
1981 John Whitaker – Hopscotch
1982 Geoff Goodwin – Café Noir
1983 Mennel Watson – Charlie Brummel
1984 William Funnell – Once More
1985 Liz Edgar – Everest Asher
1986 Geoff Billington – Edisford Bridge
1987 Emma-Jane Mac – Everest Oyster
1988 Nick Skelton – Don Kelly
1989 Nick Skelton – Cut Loose
1990 Nigel Coupe – Balou
1991 Michael Whitaker – Henderson O’flynn
1992 Malcome Pyrah – Itziweeni
1993 John Popely – Fleurance
1994 Peter Murphy – Valentino R
1995 Michael Whitaker – Everest Ashley
1996 Duncan Inglis – Hpnnie
1997 John Renwick – Temple What A Flash
1998 Damien Charles – Carnival Spirit Ii
1999 John Popely – Luidam
2000 Robert Smith – Senator Marius Claudius
2001 William Funnell – Mondriaan
2002 Jo Clee – Unbelievable Darco
2003 Helen Tredwell – Opportunity B
2004 David Mcpherson – Lowen Herz
2005 Philip Spivey – Romanov Ii
2006 Laura Renwick – Limelight De Breve
2007 Simon Nicholson – Marcolas G
2008 Scott Brash – Sauron Ml
2009 Bruce Menzies – Sultan
2010 Laura Renwick – Parvati De Breve
2011 Guy Williams – Djakarta
2012 William Funnell – Billy Balou
2013 Simon Buckley – Wordsworth II
2014 Jude Burgess – Carvelo Z
2015 Robert Maguire – Anastasia van der Helle

Don’t miss our special report from Horse of the Year Show in the 15 October issue of Horse & Hound magazine