Harriet Nuttall landed the £5,000 first prize in the International Stairway to be crowned National Champion with A Touch Imperious.
Fourteen competitors tackled the jump-off and with four HOYS wildcard tickets on offer – the last leg of the wildcard ran concurrently in this concluding class – it was all to play for.
“It feels fantastic to win and even more special to be taking the title on ‘Henry’ – he deserves every title he gets,” said Harriet, on the rangy Irish-bred 15-year-old with Touchdown/Cavalier Royale bloodlines.
Mark Edwards – winner in the first day’s HOYS wildcard qualifier – set an early target on Montreuxs Tale but tight turns and a flourishing gallop to the last earned Harriet victory.
“It was a quick jump off, and I didn’t think I could beat Mark. I made up the time by going eight strides down to the last upright as opposed to going the nine strides like Mark,” added Harriet.
Simon Buckley claimed third spot with Elia, Michael Whitaker picked up fourth on Freud Del Cabanon with Louise Saywell aboard Keeley Durham’s Arakan in fifth and Helen Tredwell took sixth with Larksong. Yazmin Davis netted seventh with Zanbowa Z and Louise also picked eighth on Jalellah OL.
With a win to be crowned 1.40m champion and a second place on the final day, Mark Edwards totted up the points to take the National championship show league.
Helen Tredwell topped the International Stairway league for the third year running with her home-bred Vangelis S daughter Larksong.
And Georgia Tame – newly crowned National speed champion and winner of the second HOYS wildcard leg with Quintella – claimed the under 25 HOYS wildcard ticket.
All four HOYS wildcard recipients have now secured their place in the International competitions for the week at Horse of the Year Show on 2 – 6 October.