Kerry Brennan is off to HOYS

Kerry Brennan secured the top spot of the HOYS Talentseekers at Addington Manor with the Warrant/Jokinal De Bornival eight-year-old Dynamic III.

“He’s come on loads since the Spanish sunshine tour, he’s ready to take on 1.40m/1.45m classes now,” said Kerry, who took over the ride 12 months ago on the gelding owned by her mother Liane Smith and Wilson Horne.

The jump-off was hotly contended and the times were close in the 23-strong jump-off over course-designer Phil Ashworth’s track, which saw 64 starters.

A delighted Michaela Huntington claimed second on Alegro Z, who finished fourth for her in the Silver League final at HOYS 2015.

“She’s my horse of a lifetime and now we’ve qualified for a professional HOYS class,” said Michaela, who also takes this Asca Z eight-year-old to Hickstead’s winter B and C final.

Paul Bevan, who was third in the HOYS Silver League final last year on Deangelo II, took third to claim their finalist place at HOYS.

The Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Kashmir Van Schuttershof eight-year-old, bought from Paul Hendrix in Holland, has caught the eye of many of the professionals with his big, scopey and careful jumping style. And he showed he ticks all the boxes here with a forward stride into the tricky vertical to oxer double and took the penultimate planks at the angle and the gallop.

Ben Walker just missed out on HOYS in fourth with PL Skyline with Jordan Gann on Lakeland Dancer in fifth. The fourth qualifying HOYS spot as the highest placed seven-year-old went to sixth place and the USA’s Julie Welles riding for Laura Kraut on the Clinton/Darco mare Caelle at their first show together. The pair headed the previous day’s B and C.

Julie also topped the 1.35m speed with half a sec to spare on Alena 52, an Asca Z/Indoctro nine-year-old mare she is riding for Emma Heise while she attends Rome 5* supporting Laura Kraut.

Emma Stoker took second aboard Bob Young’s Townhead Tallulah V with Chloe Smith and Candy Boy in third.

Emma topped the Foxhunter/grade C with Pembroke and David Murdoch posted a double on day one, winning the Nupafeed Supplements discovery on Old Lodge’s six-year-old C Indoctro II/Voltaire stallion Fliantro and taking the 1.30m with Raphaela Van Berkbroeck, a Stedinger/Raphael 11-year-old mare.

Jude Burgess won day one’s newcomers on the Warrant/Goodtimes five-year-old Germates and Jay Halim took day two’s newcomers on the six-year-old mare Cynthia Flint. And Kim Barzilay’s fabulous 17-year-old Simply Billie Bunter claimed the 1.20m with Emma-Jo Slater in the saddle.

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