HOYS bronze and silver league finals selected day one


  • The NAF 5 Star bronze league ultimate went to Katie Robinson and Mervs Thanks A Million II, a mare who “hates everybody” besides her rider, on the primary day of Horse of the Yr Present (HOYS).

    Katie and the 13-year-old received by nearly eight seconds, from Jake Jones on White Effectively Augusta Rio, with Louise McDonald and Fanta-astic third.



    “It’s a dream come true,” mentioned Katie. “Yearly I come and watch however I had by no means had the prospect to compete right here earlier than so that is my yr. I used to be very nervous, however I felt like a winner simply getting right here and my mother and father have been so happy with me.

    “I do know my horse may be very cautious so I simply went for it within the jump-off – I’d quite come out with a pole down and know that with out that I’d have received than simply go for clear – and it’s a tremendous feeling to win, it’s an expertise everybody ought to have.”

    Katie added of Andrea Robinson’s mare: “She’s very tough. She hates everybody, however she loves me, and that’s the principle factor!”

    Gemma Hallet using BILLY JIVE

    A 3am begin as we speak was price each yawn for Gemma Hallet, who took the NAF 5 Star silver league on Billy Jive.

    The pair took simply over half a second off the time set by Stephanie Gunn and Jagerbomb, with Imogen Yuletide and Blonde Ambition ending third.

    Gemma and Billy Jive received this title in 2020, when HOYS was cancelled owing to Covid and the nationwide finals have been held at Aintree Worldwide Equestrian Centre, however luck was not on their facet on the NEC final yr.

    “She’s a little bit of a stay wire and she or he didn’t settle final yr, with all of the background noise and lighting, and wound herself proper up,” Gemma mentioned. “So this yr we determined to stand up very early within the morning as a substitute.

    “There usually are not many issues I stand up at 3am for, however this was properly price it,” Gemma mentioned, including that though she and Billy Jive have received the title earlier than. “This event is so massive – it’s what everybody desires of.”

    The mixture have loved excellent consistency, with greater than 20 wins in a yr.

    “I noticed Stephanie go first, and she or he went fast, so the consensus was to have a go and if we had a pole down, we had a pole down,” Gemma mentioned.

    “I’m fortunate with the horse in that I fully belief her, and we very hardly ever have a pole except I fully mess one thing up. She tries so laborious. She has been so constant and received so many courses, and to win right here looks like now we have achieved our purpose.”

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