Trevor Breen crowned Talent Seekers Champion 2018

Ireland’s Trevor Breen maintained his remarkable unbeaten record in the Talent Seekers, incorporating the seven-year-old Championship at Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham at the NEC Genting Arena.

In true form he did it on a horse that he had never sat on until just 36 hours before the competition – Diamant S Aurora The mare, which is normally ridden by Tracy Priest, won in style after only three combinations from 25 starters made it through to the jump-off.

Trevor Breen on his way to victory     Photo:  1st Class Images

Trevor triumphed in a time of 32.36 seconds from Alfie Bradstock and Eebay in second and Nicole Pavitt in third aboard Paris 16. Nicole also piloted the highest-placed seven-year-old horse in the class, finishing sixth on Gianni HC.

Buckinghamshire-based Trevor previously won the Talent Seekers in 2011, 2014 and 2015, and his latest victory made it four from four attempts.

Commenting on his win he said; “It’s a great class at a super show. Everyone wants to ride here and sets their stall out to try to qualify for it. It’s a show that gets the blood going.

“Tracy Priest, who normally rides the horse and has done a great job producing her to this level and qualified her for the class. She then rang me on Monday and said she was going to Barcelona for the week so asked me to take the ride. I didn’t ask too many questions, and said ‘yes, of course’. She brought her to my place on Tuesday morning, I gave the horse a few jumps and now I am here!”

He continued: “I said to Tracy jokingly that the horse had better keep up my 100 per cent record! She’s a lovely mare. I have watched a lot of her, I’ve always liked her, but I only ever see her in the ring.

“Tracy told me that she is very laid back, very relaxed, but she lights up when she goes in the ring, and she was absolutely bang on. She went in the ring and was so relaxed.

“She jumped her heart out and she was fantastic. It has always been a lucky show for me, and as long as they keep having me, I will keep coming.”

International showjumpers confirmed for HOYS

Get ready to take your seats to witness the greatest names of Showjumping compete at this year’s Horse of the Year Show.

HOYS is delighted to announce the International Show Jumpers who will be competing at the 70th Anniversary Show held at the Genting Arena, Birmingham’s NEC from October 3-7 2018.

There is a total of 30 spaces for riders competing in the nine CSI3* classes here at HOYS which commence on Friday October 5 and finish with the prestigious Leading Show Jumper of the Year Grand Prix on Sunday October 7.

HOYS competitor Matthew Sampson in action
Photo courtesy of Hickstead

This class, in addition to two other classes, carries Longines Ranking points and has the biggest prize fund of Horse of the Year Show at £40,000. Taking place during the Sunday Gala Evening Performance, it will provide exhilarating competition ahead of the HOYS Finale.

The riders are as follows;

1.       Julie Andrews (GB)

2.       Paul Barker (GB)

3.       Harry Charles (GB)

4.       Joe Clayton (GB)

5.       Nigel Coupe (GB)

6.       Joe Stockdale (GB)

7.       Robert Murphy (GB)

8.       Matthew Sampson (GB)

9.       Louise Saywell (GB)

10.   Robert Smith (GB)

11.   Helen Tredwell (GB)

12.   Mennell Watson (GB)

13.   John Whitaker (GB)

14.   Michael Whitaker (GB)

15.   Robert Whitaker (GB)

16.   Guy Williams (GB)

17.   Trevor Breen (IRE)

18.   Michael Duffy (IRE)

19.   Richard Howley (IRE)

20.   Denis Lynch (IRE)

21.   Peter Moloney (IRE)

22.   Karel Cox (BEL)

23.   Guido Hornesch (BEL)

24.   Francois Jr Mathy (BEL)

25.   Sameh El Dahan (EGY)

26.   Geoffroy De Coligny (FRA)

27.   Max Thirouin (FRA)

28.   Gerco Schroder (NED)

29.   Hendrick-Jan Schroder

30.   Angelie Von Essen (SWE)

Want a chance to meet and greet some of these international riders? Head to the HOYS Live Zone in the Retail Village where the celebrity rider signings will be hosted each day with selected riders. The Sunday Gala Evening is one not to be missed; with a live musical performance and a guest appearance from Martin Clunes and the Hook Norton Brewery ahead of the HOYS champions being crowned.

If you are yet to book your tickets then there’s still time, call the Box Office on 0844 581 8282 or visit www.hoys.co.uk/tickets

Outstanding Hickstead 2018

Ireland’s Shane Breen finished a superb Hickstead season in style last week when claiming Hickstead’s  £6,000 All England Grand Prix with the nine-year-old stallion Clyde VA.
A total of 74 starters came forward for the Grand Prix, which is the feature class of this four-day national championships, with eight combinations jumping clear in the first round.

Shane Breen and Clyde VA on their way to Hickstead victory Photo: Julian Portch

First to go was Breen Equestrian stable jockey Georgia Tame, who set a target of 48.30sec, but next to go Shane managed to shave more than 4sec off her time to take the lead.
The in-form Yazmin Pinchen almost secured her third 1.40m win in the space of four days but had to settle for second place with Van De Vivaldi, having finished 0.13 sec slower than Shane. But that was a memorable performance for this talented rider.
She went on and secured a double of Hickstead wins during the All England Jumping Championships, claiming both 1.40m Opens with this talented horse on the first and second days of the show.

Yasmin Pincher in action
Photo: Julian Portch

A total of 111 starters came forward for the class, which was the first to be held in the International Arena, with 19 combinations going clear in the first round. But Yasmin set such a strong time that no-one could catch her.
She said:” I am obviously delighted with him, but I was worried the time could be beaten. But at his best, he is unbeatable against the clock and can take a stride out so easily and is so careful.”
This summer Shane Breen’s form has been outstanding. He has won the Bunn Leisure Derby Trial and the British Speed Classic with Can Ya Makan, who was also third in the Al Shira’aa Derby, and he was victorious with Clyde VA in the Hickstead Masters’ Trophy. He is married to Chloe Breen, the daughter of Hickstead founder Douglas Bunn, and is based at Hickstead Place so this is his home show.
The win was also an ideal final run for Shane before he heads to Tryon, having had a late call up to the Irish showjumping team of four for the FEI World Equestrian Games.
“You don’t think he’s very quick and he’s a bit lazy, but he’s got such a long stride,” said Shane of his winning ride. “When he won at the June show I didn’t think he had a chance and that surprised me, but having won that class I knew he could do it today.”
Having finished seventh in his debut in the Al Shira’aa Derby in 2015, Alfie Bradstock knows what it takes to jump Hickstead’s famous fixed obstacles – and he proved that again when winning Saturday’s Douglas Bunn 1.35m Challenge.
Alfie made it a double in the International Arena when winning Sunday’s All England 1.20m Open Championship.
In the All England 6 & 7 Year Old Championships, the winner and runner-up both came from the six-year-old division, with Matthew Sampson winning on the mare Happy Fomia, ahead of Lucy Townley and the Billy Stud’s Billy Spiral.
Matthew has a talented string of horses for the future, as he also claimed the British Showjumping Talent Seekers qualifier with Geneve R, ahead of Nicole Pavitt on Paris 16 and Gianni HC in second and third respectively.
Three other championships took place in the International Arena on Saturday. Barry Drea, whose daughter Maisie has ridden on the British showjumping team on a number of occasions, won the first of these – the All England 1.20m Amateur Championship, riding Okehurst Miss Mexico.
Event rider Sophie Ashton-Rickardt took the Harcour Hickstead All England 1.10m Amateur Championship with Masterfly, giving Sophie her first win in the International Arena. The final class on Saturday was the Spidge Photography 1m Open Championship, which attracted huge entries with 158 competitors in the first qualifier and 221 in the second. The final saw 31 combinations come forward, with the win going to Nick Edwards and Its Showbusiness.
Joseph Trunkfield and Fanella I were the victors in Sunday’s All England Novice Championship, the first class of the final day of the show, while the All England 1.30m Open Championship went to Matthew Sampson and Ebolensky, giving Matthew his third major win of the show.

Shane Breen wins Hickstead Grand Prix

Ireland’s Shane Breen finished a superb Hickstead season in style when claiming Hickstead’s  £6,000 All England Grand Prix with the nine-year-old stallion Clyde VA.

A total of 74 starters came forward for the Grand Prix, which is the feature class of this four-day national championships, with eight combinations jumping clear in the first round.

First to go was Breen Equestrian stable jockey Georgia Tame, who set a target of 48.30sec, but next to go Shane managed to shave more than 4sec off her time to take the lead.

The in-form Yazmin Pinchen almost secured her third 1.40m win in the space of four days but had to settle for second place with Van De Vivaldi, having finished 0.13 sec slower than Shane.

Shane Breen and Clyde VA on their way to Hickstead victory Photo: Julian Portch

 

This summer Shane Breen has won the Bunn Leisure Derby Trial and the British Speed Classic with Can Ya Makan, who was also third in the Al Shira’aa Derby, and he was victorious with Clyde VA in the Hickstead Masters’ Trophy. He is married to Chloe Breen, the daughter of Hickstead founder Douglas Bunn, and is based at Hickstead Place so this is his home show.

Today’s win was also an ideal final run for Shane before he heads to Tryon, having had a late call up to the Irish showjumping team of four for the FEI World Equestrian Games.

“You don’t think he’s very quick and he’s a bit lazy, but he’s got such a long stride,” said Shane of his winning ride. “When he won at the June show I didn’t think he had a chance and that surprised me, but having won that class I knew he could do it today.”

Having finished seventh in his debut in the Al Shira’aa Derby in 2015, Alfie Bradstock knows what it takes to jump Hickstead’s famous fixed obstacles – and he proved that again when winning Saturday’s Douglas Bunn 1.35m Challenge.

Alfie made it a double in the International Arena when winning Sunday’s All England 1.20m Open Championship.

West Sussex-based Yazmin Pinchen also secured a double of Hickstead wins during the All England Jumping Championships, claiming both 1.40m Opens with Van De Vivaldi on the first and second day of the show.

In the All England 6 & 7 Year Old Championships, the winner and runner-up both came from the six-year-old division, with Matthew Sampson winning on the mare Happy Fomia, ahead of Lucy Townley and the Billy Stud’s Billy Spiral.

Matthew has a talented string of horses for the future, as he also claimed the British Showjumping Talent Seekers qualifier with Geneve R, ahead of Nicole Pavitt on Paris 16 and Gianni HC in second and third respectively.

Three other championships took place in the International Arena on Saturday. Barry Drea, whose daughter Maisie has ridden on the British showjumping team on a number of occasions, won the first of these – the All England 1.20m Amateur Championship, riding Okehurst Miss Mexico.

Event rider Sophie Ashton-Rickardt took the Harcour Hickstead All England 1.10m Amateur Championship with Masterfly, giving Sophie her first win in the International Arena.

The final class on Saturday was the Spidge Photography 1m Open Championship, which attracted huge entries with 158 competitors in the first qualifier and 221 in the second. The final saw 31 combinations come forward, with the win going to Nick Edwards and Its Showbusiness.

Joseph Trunkfield and Fanella I were the victors in Sunday’s All England Novice Championship, the first class of the final day of the show, while the All England 1.30m Open Championship went to Matthew Sampson and Ebolensky, giving Matthew his third major win of the show.

 

Yasmin wins at Hickstead

West Sussex-based Yazmin Pinchen enjoyed another Hickstead win, this week claiming the 1.40m Open with Van De Vivaldi. A total of 111 starters came forward for the class, which was the first to be held in the International Arena, with 19 combinations going clear in the first round. Yazmin was able to set a strong time that no one else could catch. 

“It wasn’t my best jump-off to be honest, we could have gone quicker,” she said. “I’m obviously delighted with him but I was worried the time could be beaten.” 

Yasmin Pincher in winning action at Hickstead
Photo: www.spidge.co.uk.

“It wasn’t my best jump-off to be honest, we could have gone quicker,” she said. “I’m obviously delighted with him but I was worried the time could be beaten.

“But at his best he’s unbeatable against the clock, he can take a stride out so easily and he’s so careful.”his best he’s unbeatable against the clock, he can take a stride out so easily and he’s so careful.”

Hickstead is  livestreaming the action from the International Arena for the next few days, courtesy of ClipMyHorse.TV. Watch the action live on Hickstead.TV. You can also watch all our feature classes from our international season on demand on ClipMyHorse.TV, as well as ordering videos of your jumping rounds or showing classes.

William Funnell at Hickstead Championships

The Al Shira’aa Derby champion William Funnell will return to Hickstead next week for the All England Jumping Championships (30 August – 2 September).

William is among a line-up of leading national showjumpers who have entered for the four-day fixture, which has classes from 90cm up to a £6,000 1.40m Grand Prix.

William Funnell competing with Billy Buckingham
Photo: Nigel Goddard

Another to watch will be Ireland’s Shane Breen, who has had an excellent season on home turf at Hickstead, including wins in the Bunn Leisure Derby Trial and a third place in the Al Shira’aa Derby.

Phillip Miller, another former Derby champion, is already a dual winner of the All England Grand Prix, and he will be returning for a third crack at the title.

Other riders taking part include Jake Saywell, Lucy Townley, Nicole Pavitt, Steven Franks, John Popely, Georgia Tame, Yazmin Pinchen, Louise Saywell and Amy Inglis.

Husband and wife David and Louise Simpson have both had plenty of success at the All England Jumping Course, and both line up at this national championships. Northamptonshire showjumper Tim Stockdale – a former winner of the Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup – is due to compete, along with his son Joseph, 19, while cousins George and Tom from the famous Whitaker showjumping dynasty are also among the entries.

The show was first held in 2011, with the aim of promoting the grassroots level of the sport as well as giving novice horses the chance to gain experience jumping in the International Arena at Hickstead.

More than 1,200 horses are entered for this year’s show, which is completely free to spectators. As well as five rings of showjumping, there will be a small shopping area, with a select number of equestrian trade stands. The action from the International Arena will be livestreamed from Friday to Sunday on ClipMyHorse.TV and Hickstead.TV.

The Clubhouse Bar & Grill will be open all day throughout the show, and the Bollinger Bar will be open in the evenings, offering a full a la carte menu.

Safety First for Lancashire Constabulary Mounted Branch

Lancashire Constabulary’s Mounted Branch (LCMB) led by example when taking part in the British Horse Society’s (BHS) Ride Safe Award, demonstrating to riders how important it is to protect themselves when riding.

The three hour practical assessment saw the officers ride in a variety of environments, including a riding school demonstration and continuing on to the streets of Penwortham for an on the job evaluation, demonstrating their safety skills and knowledge.

Following successful completion of the assessment, five officers and BHS North West Regional Manager Lyndsay Dring, who took the award alongside LCMB, were presented with their Ride Safe Award.

The British Horse Society’s Director of Safety, Alan Hiscox said: “We’re thrilled that Lancashire Constabulary took our Ride Safe Award, which enables all riders to have the knowledge and skills to protect themselves. We hope that this award, together with our Dead Slow campaign to educate drivers how to safely pass horses on the road, can potentially help to save the lives of horses, riders and drivers.”

Lancashire Constabulary’s Mounted Branch taking part in the BHS Ride Safe Award
Photo: Lancashire Constabulary

Sgt Adam Pearson from Lancashire Constabulary Mounted Branch said: “We work closely with The British Horse Society. It is a wonderful organisation that the community should engage with and use their comprehensive website which offers advice for all road users. We looked forward to our assessment day and also our continued work with The British Horse Society in the future.”

Road safety is a particular concern for many horse riders, including the LCMB.

The BHS launched its Dead Slow campaign in 2016 in response to alarming statistics from the BHS horseaccidents.org.uk website showing that since 2010, 230 horses have died, and 39 riders have been killed on UK roads.

One in five reported incidents involved a vehicle actually colliding with a horse, and 84 per cent of incidents occurred because the vehicle passed too fast or close to the horse. Four behaviour change messages from the BHS for drivers are:

If I see a horse, I will

· Slow down to a maximum of 15 mph

· Be patient – I will not sound my horn or rev my engine

· Pass the horse wide and slow, at least a car’s width (if possible)

· Drive slowly away

The BHS Ride Safe award is run throughout the UK, and is open to riders of all ages and abilities. The award is designed to provide riders with the skills and knowledge to ride in all environments, keeping both riders and horses safe.

To find out more visit: bhs.org.uk/ride-safe-award

West Sussex rider wins NAF 2* Pony Five Star Final

A West Sussex rider has won the  NAF 2* Pony Five Star Final at the inaugural British Showjumping National Junior Academy Championships at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

Kate Simmonds (14) of Pulborough partnered Toby Star, an 11 year-old grey gelding owned by Ruth Simmonds, to victory in this prestigious event, which once again was a great showcase for the successes achieved via the NAF Pony Five Star Performance Awards Programme. 

Kate Simmonds and Toby Star, NAF Five Star Final winners. Photo: 1st Class Images

The competition was divided into three sections; 1*, 2* and 3* and was marked on the capability of the rider and their influence on the performance of the pony.

The rider’s effectiveness, position, balance, feeling, timing, rhythm and impulsion to empower the pony to move and jump to the best of its ability was also judged and it was down to British Showjumping Coaches Hannah Jackson & Mia Palles-Clark to make the tough decision on who the eventual victors would be.

Riders were not only competing for the winners titles, but also for NAF rugs and goodie bags on offer.

Each section was made up of a pre-designed course which required a demonstration of flatwork movements as well as jumping a range of fences depending on the star level the rider had achieved on the NAF Pony Five Star Performance Awards Programme. 

Kate won the NAF 2* Pony Five Star Final in fine style withToby Star, at this event, which is part of a programme designed to provide a series of progressive standards to assist pony riders with a focus for their training and improved performance in the ring alongside developing stable management skills.

Other winners at this highly competitive day were Evelyn Bond Smith (aged eight) from Bawdeswell, Norfolk  in the NAF 1* Pony Five Star Finalon Clare Bond’s 13 year-old liver chestnut gelding Derrymore Lucky Lad; and Saskia Mohan (15) from Kirtlington, Oxfordshire, who won the NAF 3* :Pony Five Star Final on Rebecca Long’s six-year-old gelding Ballyert Cobalt.

For more information on the programme, please contact Laura Rolph on 02476 698812 or Laura.Rolph@britishshowjumping.co.uk.

Lucy and Billy Spiral’s victory at nationals

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 Townley and Billy Spiral

 

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.”
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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.

Newbridge College wins Hickstead’s school event

A team from County Kildare was dominant at this year’s Hurstpierpoint College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships at Hickstead.

Having been second for the past two years, the team from Newbridge College was delighted to take the Senior Schools team and individual titles at the Hurstpierpoint College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Finals at Hickstead this month.

Team from Newbridge College, Ireland, winners of Hickstead’s senior schools’ event Photo: Julian Portch

The annual team competition ended up in a jump-off between the three teams who had all posted three clears in the first round – Newbridge College, eventual runners up Dean Close School and Millfield School Red.

A fast clear round from Newbridge College’s Caragh Sweeney (16) and Kippure Steepleview Jack secured team honours, while her team mate Max Ross (14) took the individual prize. In second individually was Kings of Wessex school pupil Kathryn Thomas and Zorba IV, who were also part of the winning Pony Club Team.

“This is one of the biggest competitions that we take part in so it’s great to win,” said Max, who was riding his 14.2hh showjumping mare Bally David Souz.

“It’s unbelievable to get the opportunity to compete at such a well-known prestigious venue as Hickstead,” said fellow Newbridge College team member Leah Heffernan, 15, who rode My Rockstown Two.

Fifteen-year-old Niamh Flinter and her mare Classie Lass were taking part in this team competition for the first time. “I couldn’t help but smile when I was competing in this arena. I had a feeling we might win as we have a great team,” she said.

The Hurstpierpoint College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships were first held in 1964. Since then thousands of young riders have come to Hickstead each summer, each hoping to qualify to jump on the hallowed turf of the world-famous International Arena.

Many top international riders have competed in the Hickstead Schools Championships, including Pippa Funnell and Robert Whitaker. The Duchess of York, supermodel Jodie Kidd and BBC presenter Clare Balding all had an early experience of showjumping at this annual fixture.