Horse of the Year Show 2007: Cob, Intermediate, small hunter, show hunter pony

  • Cob championship

    Robert Oliver clinched his second tricolour of the week at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) with Simone Cuddy’s The Duke.

    The nine-year-old bay gelding was bought at Brightwells Sales four years ago, and since then, he’s been highly successful in lightweight cob classes with Yasmin Cuddy, Claire Oliver and Robert.

    “He is a great character, and one of the yard favourites,” said Robert.

    Taking the reserve was the 2006 defending champion So Smart who was ridden by Robert Walker.

    Intermediate championship

    Vicky Hesford clinched the intermediate championship riding Marshbrook Sir George, who headed his large show riding type section.

    As Vicky is in her final intermediate year, this was her last ride on the quality eight-year-old who is jointly owned by his breeder Wendy Lloyd and Vicky’s mother Dianne Hesford.

    Sunday’s supreme ridden horse championship is turning out to be a real family affair, as Vicky and Marshbrook Sir George join two more family members vying for those final honours — sister Sarah, and her husband Robert Walker also have the coloured and hack champions So Smart and Silent Words II through to the final supreme.

    Small hunter

    Horse & Hound columnist Katie Jerram took the Integrated Packaging small hunter title riding Vanessa Ramm’s Irish bred Temple Bready Fearnot.

    Bought this spring, the five-year-old qualified with his owner on his debut at Yorkshire Sport Horse Show.

    “We’re all totally shocked. He’s never seen anything like this, but he behaved beautifully” said Katie.

    Show hunter pony championship

    Having stood second here last year, Jack Starkie and Tony and Alison Georgakis’s Yealand Angelina clinched the Bewley Homes championship.

    The eight-year-old chestnut mare, who headed her 133cm class is in her second season with Jack.

    “A lovely pony, a cracking jockey — a very nice overall picture,” said Peter Molloy, who judged four strong classes with Tom Best.

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