There were nineteen entries that came forward last Sunday for the final Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) qualifier of the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse series at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
It was Jack the Giant under Allister Hood who took the top spot and one of two tickets to HOYS repeating his 2014 victory in this class. This syndicate owned 13-year-old ex-racehorse, was formerly trained by Barry Hills (flat) and Nicky Henderson (over fences) where on the day he gave a polished performance in the ring at Burghley, showing how much he has matured in the last three years since he’s been with Allister.
“He’s a very intelligent horse, so therefore he’s always been very good to work with,” said Allister. “He’s quite a character – he’s quite sharp and sometimes he was unsure of what to do, but with a little gentle persuasion and a little bit of encouragement, we got there.”
Her Majesty the Queen’s 14-year-old Barber’s Shop continued his strong season with Katie Jerram when he was pulled in second in the final line-up reaffirming his class after qualifying for the final at HOYS at a qualifier in June. The gelding who was the last horse bred by the Queen Mother will now contest both the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse final and the Side-Saddle Championship at HOYS.
“Realistically between now and then I’m going to spend a lot of time with the side-saddle on - that’s what he needs to do,” said Katie. “Astride, he’s very responsive and he knows his job very well.”
The second HOYS ticket went to third placed Wild West who was ridden and owned by Lizzie Harris a former amateur jockey herself. “A few people have asked if he’s up for sale, but because I can just get on him I’d never part with him. He’s not easy, but for me, he’s perfect” says Lizzie.
1st: Jack the Giant, owned by Jackpots Syndicate and ridden by Allister Hood
2nd : Barbers Shop, owned by Her Majesty the Queen and ridden by Katie Jerram
3rd : Wild West, owned and ridden by Lizzie Harris
4th : Hero Worship, owned and ridden by Abigail Cole
5th : Allied Answer, owned by Dannii Thexton and ridden by Anne Wilson
6th : Awesome Freddie, owned and ridden by Samantha Wallin