From: October Horse News 2012
HOYS Latest Champions
The final day at the Horse Of The Year Show offered several superb classes that kept the viewing audience at the edge of there seats.
The Leading Pony Show Jumper Of The Year proved to be an incredibly dramatic jump off and went to Christie Pritchard riding Whitehorn Girl who was closely followed by Alex Chitty riding Amillie Jr Z with Harry Charles riding Murka's Money Maker III in third place and Beth Beth Vernon riding Falaza in fourth all of whom had less than a second separating each other.
The Vinopolis Speed Horse Of The Year was won by Abdel Said (EGY) riding the incredibly fast mare Skara Glen's Nalky d'Elca, Said was closely followed by Dirk Demeersman (BEL) riding Tymoon Caloo Meerchen and in third was Albert Zoer riding the KWPN gelding Vigo with fourth place going to Robert Whitaker riding the bay gelding Waterstone with the top four also within a fraction of a second between each other.
The Osborne Refrigerators Celebrity Hurry Scurry was won by Italian rider Lorenzo de Luca, jockey Aidan Coleman and driver Jemma Millman with second place going to John Whitaker, jockey Nick Scholfield and driver Jeff Osborne.
The Home Farm Hothorpe And Mulbrooke Stud Supreme Horse Of the Year went to Pearly King owned by S Carey and ridden by Simon Charlesworth and the Supreme Pony Of The Year Championship was won by Stirlingdene who is owned by Andy Atherden and ridden by Frazer Atherden.
The Shire Horse Of The Year supported by Clayton Transport & The Shire Horse Society was won by Sladbrook Benefactor owned and ridden by John Clayton.
The final class at HOYS was the prestigious Leading Show Jumper Of The Year Grand Prix which proved to be quite a tough challenge with only six making it through to the jump off and Albrt Zoer (NED) riding the KWPN gelding Sam the leaders after an excellent fast and very fast clear, closely followed by Scott Brash and Bon Ami who were only a fraction of a second behind with third place going to William Funnell and his impressive stallion Billy Congo.