On the 2022 Horse of the Yr Present (HOYS), the nation’s greatest working hunter riders and their daring horses battled it out for the Westown Stud working hunter of the yr championship, which was ultimately received by Alice Homer using her personal Little Joe.
Course designer David Cole used each inch of the NEC’s Andrews Bowen worldwide enviornment to supply rivals with a 10-fence observe, manufactured from jumps offered by Cheshire Present Providers, which integrated ingenious rustic obstacles in addition to intelligent traces and turns. Solely 4 clears have 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 offered a welcome begin to the course. 4 horses tapped this fence.
After a left hand flip, mixtures 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 about 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 complete.
The road to 4 meant riders wanted to take a seat up and nail the left hand activate the method. The gate in the course of the upstanding wall, paying homage to one thing you’ll see out looking, was typically tackled properly by every of the mixtures and only a few knocked it down.
The rider frightener of the course. A chunky but fairly slim oxer with a wood filler which was approached by a mini-forest sort set-up with brushes, gates and canine.
Difficult in additional methods than one; coming quickly after the fifth fence and made out of mild skinny poles. It was knocked just a few instances and a few horses stopped right here.
The surprising bogey fence the place many mixtures 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 instances.
No working hunter course is full with no water tray, and the one positioned beneath fence 9 proved sometimes spooky.
10. A & B
The ultimate effort of the observe which required cautious using. It did catch some out, with a few mixtures frustratingly making their first errors right here.
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