Who will win the H&H Foxhunter final at HOYS?

  • H&H showjumping editor Jennifer Donald gives her tips for the H&H Foxhunter final at Horse of the Year Show:

    1. Parvati de breve
    7yo mare by Dollar De La Pierre
    Rider: Laura Renwick, from Maldon, Essex
    Owner: Mrs Julia Biddle

    Laura seems to have a knack for producing Foxhunter finalists — she took the title with her brilliant mare Limelight De Breve in 2006 and was second with Oz De Breve last year.

    This French-bred was second in the six-year-old championship at HOYS last year and won the seven- and eight- year-olds at Scope a month ago.

    “She’s gained a lot of experience this year,” says Laura.

    2. Waldermar
    7yo gelding by Calvados
    Rider: Stacey Babes, from Ayrshire
    Owner: George Babes

    Stacey will contest the amateur final and the seven- and eight-year-old championship here too, making the seven-hour journey from south-west Scotland worthwhile.

    This combination were placed in the newcomers and grade C finals last year, so the NEC arena should not pose any problems.

    The seven-year-old was bought in Sweden by Stacey’s father nearly three years ago and won the Royal Highland Star of the Future in June.

    “He’s an amenable sort that thrives on the work,” says Stacey.

    3. Wild Thing
    7yo mare by Montrose
    Rider: Anthony Condon, from Nantwich, Cheshire
    Owner: Rachel Steels

    Wild Thing first came to Billy Twomey’s yard as a five-year-old and then owner Rachel Steel rode her until coming back to the yard last Christmas.

    Anthony, 23, who is stable jockey for Billy Twomey, took over the ride and they earned their HOYS ticket at the first Foxhunter qualifier of the season, but they’ve still had a busy year.

    “She’s brilliant — she’ll be my best hope out of the two. I think she’s got a great chance,” says Anthony, who hails from Co Waterford.

    For the full H&H Foxhunter form guide and HOYS showing preview, see the current issue of Horse & Hound (30 September, ’10)

    • For more info about HOYS, including how to book tickets, visit www.hoys.co.uk

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