Nicole Pavitt qualifies for HOYS

Nicole Pavitt  has won the British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet HOYS Grade C Qualifier at the South of England Show

 A British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet HOYS Grade C Qualifier took place at the popular South of England Show on Saturday. Seventy-two combinations came forward to take on Neil Theobald’s track with eyes firmly set on gaining one of the three qualifying tickets on offer for the British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet HOYS Grade C Championship Final at Horse of the Year Show.

Nicole Pavitt and Southend at South of England show
Photo: Stephen Lawrence

The initial starters were reduced to twelve for the jump-off and it was Nicole Pavitt from Crawley, West Sussex who claimed the win with Matthew Pike’s Southend, an 11 year-old British bred gelding who has already gained tickets to the Senior Newcomers and Foxhunter Championships at Horse of the Year Show. They stopped the clock in 40.62 seconds, one of the quickest times of the class.

Close behind was Phillip Miller on Diana Cornish’s seven-year-old Belgian bred gelding Hot Pepper S; they crossed the finish line with a double clear in 41.11 seconds. Third place and the final qualifying ticket went to Taisie De Gruchy and Lauren De Gruchy’s Live the Life, an 8 year-old British bred whom Taisie has produced herself over the last three years. They posted a double clear in 42.57 seconds.

The Horse of the Year Show 2019 will take place from October 2-6 at Birmingham’s NEC.

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