On the 2022 Horse of the 12 months Present (HOYS), the nation’s greatest working hunter riders and their daring horses battled it out for the Westown Stud working hunter of the 12 months championship, which was finally received by Alice Homer using her personal Little Joe.
Course designer David Cole used each inch of the NEC’s Andrews Bowen worldwide area to offer rivals with a 10-fence monitor, product of jumps supplied by Cheshire Present Companies, which included ingenious rustic obstacles in addition to intelligent traces and turns. Solely 4 clears had been produced throughout the 39 entries. However how do you suppose your horse would tackle the problem introduced within the HOYS working hunter championship?
Make your thoughts up when you’ve walked the course…
A neat but sizeable oxer with a gate in entrance supplied a welcome begin to the course. 4 horses tapped this fence.
After a left hand flip, combos rode down the lengthy aspect to the second fence, a three-pole upright with homes to the entrance. The haystacks main into the fence brought on a few horses to refuse and some knocked it down.
A large white oxer incorporating a brush filler to the entrance. This was cleared properly by most horses with simply three rolling it in whole.
The road to 4 meant riders wanted to take a seat up and nail the left hand activate the method. The gate in the midst of the upstanding wall, paying homage to one thing you’ll see out searching, was usually tackled properly by every of the combos and just some knocked it down.
The rider frightener of the course. A chunky but fairly slim oxer with a wood filler which was approached via a mini-forest kind set-up with brushes, gates and canine.
Difficult in additional methods than one; coming quickly after the fifth fence and comprised of gentle skinny poles. It was knocked a couple of occasions and a few horses stopped right here.
The sudden bogey fence the place many combos with clear rating sheets up till now had a knock down. The jagged planks didn’t stand even the lightest contact so solely the horses who made an actual soar for the sky cleared it.
8. A & B
The primary double of the course which was knocked over a number of occasions.
No working hunter course is full and not using a water tray, and the one positioned beneath fence 9 proved sometimes spooky.
10. A & B
The ultimate effort of the monitor which required cautious using. It did catch some out, with a few combos frustratingly making their first errors right here.
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