Guy and Luli make a winning pair in Liverpool's Mini Major
Luli Loveridge must have been over the moon to draw speed merchant Guy Williams as partner in the Liverpool Horse Show’s Fancy Dress Mini Major.
First off of the pair, Luli - dressed as an elf - executed some ultra-tight, smooth turns on Time To Party, and Guy fully justified his ‘speed man’ tag. They claimed victory by 1.13 sec.
"Guy is absolutely amazing, I can't thank him enough," said a delighted Luli, at her first visit to this spectacular show.
And Guy - who settled a social media debate by confirming he was dressed as a turkey, not a goose - was full of praise for his partner.
"I didn't have to do too much, Luli did all the work," he said, "These shows can be daunting, you either shrink or grow, we grew today and we won."
William Funnell partnered Ellie Burrell Squibb to take second place.
The fabulous winners of the Mini Major
Ireland’s Michael Kearins joined forces with Grace Shudall Hughes for third less than a second behind.
Corinne Collins joined up with Poppy Deakin to take fourth and David Simpson partnered Noora von Bulow for fifth. Shane Breen and Harry Clarke Tomlinson finished sixth, with just a little over three sec separating the first six.
Riding at a blistering pace, Germany’s Felix Hassmann notched up his second win of the week with SI Brazonado in the Country Frog 1.45m speed.
The Netherlands’ Sanne Thijssen had held a long-time lead with an ultra-quick round on Ulena, and try as they might, Brits John Whitaker on Ornellaia and Laura Renwick with Con Chilli couldn’t catch her. But super-smooth Felix – a winner yesterday on Cayenne – hit the accelerator on the 12-year-old Brazonado to comfortably take the lead.
“There were many quick riders in this class, but I know my horse well and he is very quick in his canter. I never have to push him, he loves to go forward and only gets angry if I hold him back,” said Felix, who won 10 world-ranking classes last year with the big-striding grey.
Britain’s Robert Smith laid down a late challenge on the Unaniem 10-year-old Cimano E with an exciting, crowd-thrilling round and came close, but had to concede to second place by 0.81 sec.
John claimed fourth with Laura fifth and British-based Irishman Anthony Condon sixth aboard Kat Taylor’s Balzac.
Photos © Trevor Meeks/Liverpool International Horse Show