The 70th anniversary of the Horse of the Year Show is getting closer and the National winners will be crowned in just two weeks time.
Twenty-five horses are listed to contend the prestigious Foxhunter final. They are:
Annabel Shields has enjoyed an incredible run this summer to take eight HOYS finalist tickets. She has two in the Foxhunter final, the consistent Bacardi VDL/Matterhorn seven-year-old Gerona (pictured) – also in the grade C and talentseeker finals – and the eight-year-old Camiro De Haar Z mare Creevagh Carisma – also in the newcomer final.
Alex Thompson and Classy Cat. Alex and the eight-year-old Clarimo/Heartbreaker mare qualified at Arena UK and moved up to contend area trials this summer.
Danielle Farnsworth and Inglenook Eline. The consistent nine-year-old Numero Uno/Concorde mare qualified for the Foxhunter final by finishing second in the Weston Lawns qualifier and they also contend the HOYS grade C and talentseeker finals.
Derek Morton KBS High Quality. This highly thought of, aptly-named OBOS Quality 004/High Roller originally viewed as a potential working hunter won the South View qualifier and is also through to the HOYS grade C final.
Donald Whitaker and Toki II. Donald has only ridden Tom Williams’ seven-year-old Cascall/Lortino mare since May and they picked up Foxhunter qualification at Addington EC.
Harry Bateman and Anvils Every Little Helps. This Astral 53 10-year-old mare – fourth in the winter B and C final at Hickstead – won her qualifier at Pyecombe
Jess Dimmock and Billy Fleance. This big-jumping seven-year-old Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Billy Mexico mare qualified at Keysoe and has shown her talent this summer in International young horse classes in Spain, France and Belgium.
Joe Fernyhough and Calcourt Quicktime. Joe and the Westpoint Quickfire/Larino eight-year-old won their qualifier at Bicton and are now jumping area trials after heading a junior grand prix in Austria.
Louise Saywell and Cardino Z. Third at Weston Lawns, the Cluysenaer Van De Heffinck/Carolus H seven-year-old picked up his Foxhunter qualification at the National Championships, Stoneleigh. Louise shares the ride with Billy Twomey.
Nicole Kershaw and LCC Comanche. Nicole won the Weston Lawns qualifier with this Corland/Clover Hill eight-year-old and also claimed HOYS grade C qualification by winning at Warrington.
Nicole Pavitt has two chances in the Foxhunter final – the championship she so wants to win yet has eluded her so far. This time she has the Canturano/Lemmod nine-year-old Edinburgh (pictured)and the seven-year-old Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Waitaki stallion SES Goldstar in the prestigious class.
Olivia Poole and Quality. Olivia and the eight-year-old Quirado/Casiro I mare bought as a five-year-old stepped up to win the Arena UK qualifier.
Rose Moss and African Affair. The Billy Congo/Dallas seven-year-old qualified at Wales and West and have been jumping at 2* level this summer.
Tim Davies on Lionel Van De Markieslanden, a seven-year-old with Falco/Apollo Van Het Lindebos bloodlines. The pair won the Foxhunter Masters at the National Championships, Stoneleigh, and are the current winter seven-year-old champions.
William Funnell and Billy Kat. William and this seven-year-old Billy JJ/Iroko mare won the qualifier at Wales and West.
Also in the mix are Paul Barker on the eight-year-old mare Crispina Z (Corofino I/Bon Ami), Louisa Milne Home and the Bonnie Prince Charlie/Grandeur 11-year-old Harry DV, Alice Palmer and the eight-year-old Essenar Crixus (Luidam/Ard VDL Douglas), Rosie Pindar on the Otis/For Pleasure 12-year-old Hanleen Beatrice, Lucy Townley and the seven-year-old Cevin Z/Animo mare Billy Tennessee, Oliver Tuff on the Verdi/Burggraaf 10-year-old Darino B, Richard Howley and the eight-year-old mare Farianne (C Indoctro II/Corland) and Ben Walker on the seven-year-old Genius Contender (Brainpower/Corland).
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