Rachel Proudley claimed her first major win with the 128cm title on Painted Lady – a quirky coloured mare that captured the hearts of the crowd as she bucked her way around the arena. The antics made her a very popular winner.
“She loves to buck in the ring, but she did it a lot more than usual today. I do find it hard when she bucks as she keeps knocking herself off her stride, but if I kick her on she just bucks even more, so I have to sit tight and ride it out. She’s just cheeky,” said Rachel.
Only five of the 20 starters reached the jump-off with first off Tom Francis-Jones setting a good standard on the 15-year-old Major Jack.
Two ponies later Rachel snatched the lead and victory by 0.13 sec with Painted Lady – a Christmas present three years ago.
The 15-year-old was purchased through Alan Scott and was almost sold to Ireland until Rachel’s dad stepped in and secretly bought the pony on Rachel’s ultimate wish list.
In their first year together, they took second in the stepping stones final and won the Tiny Tots at the British Showjumping Scope Festival – the start of making dreams come true.
Tom and Major Jack – who took third in the Hickstead 128cm final – held on to second place.
Last to go Natasha Hamilton rode a super round on the 17-year-old Koda – last year’s winner with Lily Grimwade – to take third place.
Isabella Snowden enjoyed a great first visit to HOYS with fourth on Penchwintan Glynle with the only other double clear, and Alena Hughes took fifth on Mathews Girl.
Madison Heath was the fastest four faults in round one to take sixth aboard Red Alert III.
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