Younger rider Harry Edwards Brady, who lifted the inaugural Robert Oliver showman’s award on the 2022 British Present Pony Society (BSPS) summer season championships, obtained the chance to satisfy legends of the equestrian world, equine and human, as his prize.
Harry, 12, and his mom Emma Edward’s home-produced 122cm present hunter pony Gryngallt Web page Too (Billy) have been decide Claire Oliver’s option to take the brand new accolade on the summer season championships, in August.
Throughout his present, Harry rode two gallops and a stroll to canter, the introduced Claire with a pink rose.
“He actually is a bit showman – he had a lot character and charisma, and rode to win,” Claire instructed H&H on the day. “I’m certain Robert would have been very pleased with my selection.”
A part of Harry’s prize bundle was a go to the yards of Claire and Olympian Carl Hester:
“We firstly went to Claire’s yard and she or he confirmed us the horses and the tack room, which was filled with great photos of her and Robert’s many Horse of the Yr Present (HOYS) winners,” mentioned Emma. “Harry additionally had a journey on Claire’s 2022 HOYS-winning small hunter, Shanbally Legacy (Lego). He liked using Lego and thought he was similar to a much bigger model of Billy.”
Harry and Emma then drove to Carl’s yard, the place they met Carl, Charlotte Dujardin and supergroom Alan Davies, in addition to the crew’s different grooms and horses:
“Valegro had simply been washed down so Harry led him spherical and had photos with him,” mentioned Emma. “Somebody had simply completed a lesson on Uthopia and Carl requested Harry if he’d prefer to have a sit on him. After all, Harry mentioned ‘sure please.’ Carl then requested Harry to attempt some strikes with Uthopia. Harry has by no means performed dressage earlier than and he was fully amazed to journey an Olympic horse; he mentioned he’s by no means felt energy prefer it. He had a dream day and everybody was so welcoming. Harry was a bit starstruck however he had a lot enjoyable.”
The award was launched this 12 months in honour of the late showman Robert Oliver, who died aged 80 in March 2021, and it’ll now grow to be an annual function on the championships. Finalists, who have to be underneath 25 years outdated, have been chosen by members of the BSPS council who have been talent-spotting rivals at exhibits throughout the nation.
“Harry was so decided to win the ultimate on the championships,” mentioned Emma. “There have been six riders in whole, they usually have been all unbelievable. It’s pretty for Harry to win the primary one and have his identify on the cup.”
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