The hugely successful Hallmark IX, who has dominated showing’s cob circuit with Simon Reynolds for the last four years, will now be home-produced and partnered by his owner, Heather Clay.
“There’s no pressure on me and enjoyment will be the key word this term,” said Heather.
“We have just purchased a four-year-old lightweight replica of Brandy [Hallmark], who is as yet unnamed, to be shown by Simon Reynolds later in the season.”
Simon told H&H that the decision was made over the winter and paid tribute to the “once in a lifetime” horse.
“What he has done, no other horse has achieved,” said Simon. “He is a phenomenal horse.”
“Brandy” won title after title in maxi-cob and supreme classes.
“For a horse to win the supreme twice at the Great Yorkshire Show and the North of England — you have to take your hat off to him,” said Simon.
Hallmark was originally shown as a lightweight and dominated those classes before measuring out and contesting maxi-cob classes.
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By Welcome Flagmount, the pure-bred Irish draught has won around £15,000 over his career.
Before Hallmark was bought by Heather and Tom Clay, he was talent-spotted by Rosemary Hetherington at Dublin Show as a youngster and had major wins with Jack Cochrane.
“Every year when an owner sends you a horse of that calibre you are thankful,” added Simon.
Heather and the 12-year-old gelding have got off to a good start, winning an amateur class at the BSHA Northern Spring Show last week.