Helen Tredwell and Andrew Davies will now contest the international classes at this year’s Horse of the Year Show (8-12 October) after claiming their ticket at the Unex Towerlands wildcard show (26-28 September).
The points table used at the show to determine who qualifies was headed by Philip Spivey riding the 2005 Foxhunter champion Romanov II. However, Philip has since gained a place at both the Oslo (10-12 October) and Helsinki (16-19 October) World Cup qualifying shows meaning he will not be able to compete in Birmingham.
“It’s not every day you get to jump at World Cup shows,” he said. “It’s a big opportunity for me.”
Three classes are used to determine the overall winner, with points given for places.
Riding her 2003 Foxhunter winner Opportunity B, Helen finished second to win her place at HOYS. With Philip not taking his ticket, third-placed Andrew Davies secured his passport to the NEC.