Young Scottish show jumping talent shone through at the Horse of the Year Show 2017
Amy Morris made the long journey to HOYS from Scotland very worthwhile, kicking HOYS off with a fine victory in the 128cm Pony Championship.
Amy, who is from the Borders, guided 14-year-old black mare Madonna to an emphatic victory at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. She was joined in the jump-off by just one other combination – Aimee Jones and Koda – from 22 starters. With Aimee clocking a time of 50.14 seconds, the pressure was then on Amy to deliver, but she produced a stylish performance, going clear in 45.80 seconds.
Above; Amy Morris after her win.
“It is an amazing feeling,” said 12-year-old Amy. “I qualified both of my ponies at the same qualifier in May, and I have been really looking forward to coming here. I didn’t want to go too fast in in the jump-off in case I had a pole down, and she jumped really well. I am delighted.
“It means a lot to me to win here. I have always wanted to jump at Horse of the Year Show, and I had a lot of friends and family here to watch.”
Meanwhile later in the week Fife teenager Shaunie Greig claimed the biggest win in her career after landing the prestigious Leading Pony Showjumper of the Year title at the show
Shaunie, who hails from Dunfermline in Fife, triumphed with Casino Royale VIII to land a class first contested in 1949, with previous winners including Michael Whitaker, William Whitaker and Louise Saywell.
Above: Shaunie Greig.
Ten combinations qualified for the jump-off from 27 starters, including reigning champion Tixylix, a 19-year-old pony seeking its third win in the class following victories in 2010 and 2016. However, it was Shaunie who proved too consistent for the rest, clocking a time of 33.32 seconds, with Allana Clutterbuck and Sultan du Bary finishing second and Hannah Barker taking third with Ammanvalley Santino.
Shaunie, 14, said: “I have had the pony two years, and he is such a careful jumper. In the collecting ring, he tenses up at times, but once he gets into the ring he is fine.”
The quickest time, however, was recorded by Swindon’s Tahnia Jordan-Jones on Jumper – the combination crowned Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Champions earlier this week – but they agonisingly had the last fence down and hopes of a famous double ended.
Above: Victory lap for Shuanie and Casine Royale VIII.
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