Rowan Willis and Holly Gillott are HOYS bound in the Foxhunter final


Rowan Willis and Holly Gillott secured the HOYS Foxhunter tickets in the second round qualifier at Wales and West.Rowan topped the 10-strong jump-off – 27 produced initial clears from 80 starters over Raf Suarez’s course with 10 in the jump-off – with Dinah Posford’s Everse W, a Dutch-bred seven-year-old by Lexicon.

Rowan’s forward-going round set a sizzling target, with Holly’s final draw on the Irish-bred eight-year-old PLS Halo Diamond taking the second qualifying place, almost two sec slower.

Max Routledge took third on the impressive Sieco, a Cachas/Lorentin I seven-year-old owned by Peter Charles and ridden by Max since Christmas. Also taking Foxhunter Masters finalist places for another chance to qualify for HOYS is Kate Whitaker on Eunomia in fourth and Peter Charles in fifth on ABC Quantum Cruise – all jumping treble clear.

And Rowan also headed the Foxhunter/1.20m on Wellington Grey Goose.

Ellen Whitaker took victory in the 1.35m on Arena UK Galwaybay Luibanta with Gemma Ellison second aboard Zilverster and Mennell Watson third on Outcast.

Monica Ballard was a multi-winner, taking three 90cm classes on My Amazing Grace and winning a 1.10m with Anemoon Van De Kapel. And Tara Yate also clocked up the wins with Sannanvalley Promise, heading two 90cm, classes and 1m class.

Rachael Connor scored a hat-trick over the four days here with wins in the Discovery, Buckaroo 1.05m adventurer and a newcomer class on Valeree B.

Sophie Rees headed three amateur 75cm classes on the Colourfield 10-year-old Positively McGillacuddy and Hannah Vickery topped three Dodson & Horrell 1.05m amateur classes on the eight-year-old Bobby De II.

Mark Edwards doubled up, heading a British Novice on the seven-year-old mare Harleys Dream and taking first in a Discovery with the six-year-old gelding Spot The Illusion.

Ian Smith doubled up with a discovery and newcomers wins with the Irish-bred mare Waiwurrie and Nick Edwards won a Foxhunter on Miss Saffron and a 1.20m with the Vittorio/Contendro I eight-year-old Contendaan.

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