Vicky Hesford and Whalton Forgery rounded off a fantastic season by heading the hack championship ahead of the in-form Jordan Cook and Fleetwater Xecutive.
The prolific son of Kilvington Scoundrel, who won the RIHS hack title as a five-year-old in 2012, missed last season due to injury but returned this year to claim numerous titles and wins including at Cheshire County and the BSHA National Champs.
The partnership went beautifully in the evening championship performance, and was duly called forward as champions. They now have the opportunity to compete in the supreme on Sunday.
The large hack class looked extremely strong on paper and many highly successful horses were placed in the final nine. Standing second to Forgery was the former HOYS supreme Simon Charlesworth on Simone Cuddy’s promising novice Mountstephen Showman. Having been second and reserve champion here last year on the legendary Pearly King, he claimed the hack title at Windsor on Showman earlier this season.
Jordan Cook and the 16-year-old Fleetwater Xecutive took reserve after winning the small hack class in the morning ahead of Royal Engagement. Having won the hack championship at the Hickstead Derby Meeting and the Royal International (RIHS), the only title eluding the former Search For A Star champions was the hack class at HOYS.
The elegant gelding and his rider produced a spectacular individual show, which impressed both the spectators and the two judges – Ms J Bradbury (Conformation) and Miss K Jones (Ride).
Xecutive, who also competes successfully as a small intermediate, was pulled top in the initial line-up and looked to give the ride judge a lovely, soft and balanced ride – characteristics of which are essential in a show hack.
Last year’s winner Henrietta Windsor-Phillips on her novice Mill Park took third place in the small class. Henrietta, who took the hack championship last year on Wesswood Caste a Spell, won the Royal Angel Supreme Amateur Show Horse title at the North of England Show in July and has qualified both horses for the intermediates on Saturday.
Jayne Ross won the inaugural Great Scot! Ladies Side Saddle class on Diane Stennett’s Royal International winner Hello Dolly. The seven-year-old mare, who was third in the small hunter class yesterday, has clearly taken to side saddle as she also won the ladies’ hunter class at Hickstead in August.
The Katie Jerram-produced Countryman, ridden by Lucy Lockwood, claimed second. This consistent middleweight hunter finished second in the ladies’ hunters at HOYS last year.
The class, however, wasn’t without controversy. The original winner, Aunty Iris, wouldn’t settle for the presentation and was subsequently asked to leave the ring.
By Kitty Trice