West Sussex rider Lucy Townley and the Billy Stud’s Billy Spiral strode to victory in the Connolly’s Red Mills Senior Newcomers Masters on the fourth day at the British Showjumping National Championships 2018.
Last to go in the jump-off and with qualification for Horse of the Year Show already in the bag, the pair put on a confident, dominant display to take top honours.
“Before I went in for the jump-off I thought the time set by the other riders was not overly quick. I had already qualified for HOYS and everyone else was being cautious trying to gain the qualification, so I thought she is so careful and quick that I wouldn’t have to go too much more and I might just be able to get it.”
Lucy and Billy Spiral secured qualification for Horse of the Year Show earlier in the year after finishing second in the Connolly’s Red Mills Senior Newcomers Masters second round in Wellington.
Lucy attributed the success of six-year-old Billy Spiral to the team work of all those at the Billy Stud saying: “It is a real team effort.”
After establishing the partnering at the end of last year, the two competed in Spain on the sunshine tour.
Lucy said: “After competing in the sunshine tour you could see a real difference with Spiral, especially compared with my other six-year-olds who are quite green, she just seems to have come into her own.
“We have had an incredible season and she jumps anything – making it very easy for me! I was lucky to win with her today, but the success is as a result of the whole team’s effort.”
Connolly’s Red Mills is an Irish family owned company, providing precision nutrition for a wide range of equine needs. The company was established in 1908 in Co. Kilkenny, and today, exports to over 50 countries worldwide.
For people who value their horses as high performers, their products have been the automatic choice for more than 100 years for results in terms of equine nutrition, health, well-being and performance. Some of the most successful high-performance sport horses in the world have been fed on them and the company has launched a new Sport Horse range of feeds.