Holly Smith takes another two HOYS tickets at Arena UK


Holly Smith (nee Gillott) landed two slots in the HOYS Talentseekers final at Arena UK, winning with Lammy Beach and taking third on Quality Old Joker.

A total of 125 contended round one, but only 16 came forward to the second round. Holly secured the top spot in typical speedy style aboard the Irish eight-year-old Lammy Beach, by Beach Ball and out of a Coevers Diamond Boy mare.

And Holly didn’t settle for one HOYS finalist place. She eased Quality Old Joker, another Irish eight-year-old, into third. The Obos Quality gelding also contends the Hickstead winter B and C final next week.

Holly is going to have a busy HOYS with a clutch of HOYS finalist places. Carolus K is also through to the Talentseekers final, and she has four through to the Foxhunter final – surely a record. Quality Old Joker, PLS Halo Diamond, Elore and Grennanstown Sarco Luxhill contend the prestigious national final.

David Simpson was sandwiched into second on Unex Cognac IV, a Unaniem nine-year-old. David is another with multiple HOYS rides, Obama JD – winner of a 1.30m here – and Keoki are Foxhunter finalists.

Emma-Jo Slater and Kim Barzilay’s home-bred Je T’aime Flamenco sired Kimba Flamenco – also Foxhunter finalists – took sixth and a qualifying spot as the top seven-year-old for a second HOYS ticket.

Adrian Whiteway is enjoying a great show with four wins in the firts three days of the five day show. Carambow headed the initial 1.30m and Anytime II – a HOYS Talentseekers finalist – topped two 1.40m classes, beating Alex Thompson on Claddagh Iroko in the first and Holly and Quality Old Joker in the second.

Adrian also topped a newcomers on Fres Belles, a six-year-old Quality Time/Burggraaf stallion.

After returning from competing at Aachen the week before, Phillip Miller headed Friday’s 1.40m on Brendon Stud’s nine-year-old Unbelievable Lady. Lola Wade took second on Baby David with David Simpson third aboard Chessy 17.

Beth Vernon was also a 1.30m winner aboard Omane Des Faux.

Lloyd Royle and Serenity II posted a hattrick in the Dodson & Horrell amateur 1.05m classes, and Vanessa Townsend won a Dodson & Horrell 95cm and a 90cm on Wonder II.

Alex Bishop took newcomers and discovery wins on Renkum Jadore.

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