Several pony riders in their final year are vying for the prestigious HOYS pony showjumper of the year title, and some have two chances. Here is the line-up for 2017.
Allana Clutterbuck and Sultan Du Bary. 2017 European pony championship team silver medallist Allana and Sue Evans’ Arena UK pony showjumper winner 11-year-old gelding finished fourth in last year’s final – can they win it in Allana’s final pony year.
Antonia Platt has two through to the final – the 11-year-old Carnhill Luna (pictured), who qualified with a win at Keysoe, and the Irish-bred 12-year-old Sligo Furisto Flight – second in the qualifier at Wales and West.
Bobbie Heath and the 13-year-old gelding Cisco Bay II contend the pony showjumper final.
Bowen McCrory and the 17-year-old Delfino – another pair aiming for glory at HOYS in the pony showjumper of the year.
Elloise Smit and Newtown Samson. Elloise and the 15-year-old dun Samson won the qualifier at Bicton to claim a HOYS finalist place.
Faye Sutton and Robe Ruadh. Finalists last year, Faye and the 13-year-old Robe Ruadh finished third at Bicton to take a place in the 2017 pony showjumper of the year final.
Fraser Reed is another with two rides – the 14-year-old Kilcloghan DG Clover (pictured) and his pony European championship team silver medallist Harry (aka Jiminy Cricket).
Hannah Barker and Ammanvalley Santino. Hannah, 12, and the 13-year-old Santino finished second at Arena UK to ensure their HOYS finalist place.
Harry Wood and Landlord III. Harry got the ride on this 11-year-old in February and qualified for HOYS with a second place at Port Royal.
Kate Baxter and Bonds Glen. Kate got the ride on the 16-year-old Bonds Glen 12 months ago and has worked her way up via the restricted rider 1.10m and Blue Chip JC/JA sparkle before tackling the winter JA classic and pony showjmuper series.
Lily Freeman-Attwood and Valmy De Treille. Lily has quickly formed a partnership with this lovely eight-year-old and the pair claimed the British Masters winter JA classic final in the summer before representing Britain at the pony European championships, coming home with team silver.
Ffion Roberts and Rich Faith. This pair won the first qualifier of the summer series at Weston Lawns and they make a return to HOYS – the 13-year-old mare contended the Foxhunter final last year.
Madiy Jamison and Bodyssee Des Avelines. Madiy won the Scottish pony showjumper leg and finished second at Wales and West with this scopey 10-year-old mare.
Molly Davies and Cuffesgrange For Sure.
Molly got HOYS qualification over early on this Irish-bred 17-year-old with second place at the first leg of the series, Weston Lawns.
Nicole Lockhead Anderson and Killack King. Nicole took over the ride on Molly Davies’ Irish-bred 12-year-old at Wales and West in August and immediately qualified for HOYS.
Olli Fletcher and The Bobster. Olli and this consistent nine-year-old finished third in last year’s HOYS pony Foxhunter final and third in the 2017 Hickstead JC final. They picked up dual qualification at Bicton with second in the pony showjumper and third in pony Foxhunter second round for another shot at the final.
Perdi Digby and Kayleighs Star. Perdi and the 12-year-old Kayleighs Star – a newcomer and Foxhunter finalist back in 2014 for Chloe Reynolds – took third place at Port Royal’s pony showjumper to guarantee a place in the final.
Sandy McLean and Tobar King. Sandy has a long-established, almost three year partnership with this Irish-bred 10-year-old – a finalist last year.
Shaunie Greig has the 14-year-old Casino Royale VIII (pictured), winner of the Scottish qualifier, and the 20-year-old Moonlight Flight – second at South View – through to the final.
Sophie Bowen Howard is another chasing for glory at HOYS with the 18-year-old Quincy V.
Tahnia Jordan-Jones – a finalist last year with Sulan Hollywood Knight – takes two through to HOYS this year, Tanya and Maia Andrews’ 12-year-old Beech Comber (pictured), winner at Port Royal and Wales and West and also a pony Foxhunter finalist contender, and the 11-year-old Jumper, also a pony newcomer and Foxhunter finalist contender.
And last but not least, Ellie Hall-McAteer is in the pony showjumper final with the amazing 19-year-old Tixylix. The pair, team silver medallists at the pony European championships and fourth individually, take their place at HOYS as a member of the European team.
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