Daisy Williams experienced an incredible, out-of-this-world feeling at HOYS. Not only did she make her first visit to the prestigious show a winning one, she claimed the top two places in the Blue Chip pony newcomers championship with Bermudez BDA and King III. All just three days after celebrating her 14th birthday.
“I was nervous but I have to ride Billy [Bermudez] with confidence, he’s only six,” said Lincolnshire-based Daisy.
Only seven of the 28 starters mastered course-designer Kelvin Bywater’s 12-fence track, Daisy claiming two of the rides. She went first with Bermudez BDA and set a sizzling target which couldn’t be beaten despite several challenges.
“I didn’t realise I was in the lead as I went in on my second pony until I heard the commentator announce ‘She knows she’s won, can she take the top two,’ I didn’t know I’d won and couldn’t stop smiling as I came to the first fence, I had to stop myself and concentrate,” said Daisy, who slotted King III into second, just 0.07 sec behind her winning time.
Billy was purchased from trainers Kyle Hassell and Kelly Aldous – who bred the Cevin Z/Kojak gelding – 18 months ago while the Dutch-bred nine-year-old King has been with Daisy for three years.
“They’re like chalk and cheese, Billy is only young, he’s always ready and bouncy but he’s sensitive and I have to ride him positively whereas King waits for me to tell him what to do, although he’ll happily go forward,” said Daisy, who spent her birthday [Monday] with trainer Kyle after a blip at the weekend.
“We didn’t have the best of shows at Addington and Billy was firing at all angles but Kyle put us back on the right track, it was all about getting the right rhythm.”
And the week isn't over yet - Daisy has both ponies qualified for the Squibb Demolition pony Foxhunter championship.
Seamus Taylor was nearest rival to take third half a sec in arrears on Priestown Tomboy with Jodie Burchmore Eames and Mighty Mouse W Van De Dauwhoeve in fourth. Thomas Hooper provided the steadiest of the double clears to take fifth on Intention EEZ. Izzy Goddard produced an amazing time 1.98 sec quicker than the winning time but a flyer to the final vertical was a gallop too far and it fell to put Strawberry Rojo into sixth and Holly Cooper finished seventh on Epee Nazar.
The West Hants Pony Club celebrated on Thursday afternoon with victory in the Thistledown Developments Pony Club Mounted Games. They started out with a slender one point lead over Sir Watkin William Wynn's Hunt going into today's final and win both the tyre race and Stacking race to come out on top by four points on a total of 37.
Sir WW Wynn - winners of the 90th Cake race and the the concluding Big Sack race - finished second.
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