When present producer Adam Forster visited Joyce and Jacky Newbery’s Newoak Stud final yr, he knew he’d discovered a possible Horse of the 12 months Present (HOYS) winner in Newoak Midnight Blue, however he didn’t fairly assume the gelding would win the Gribbin Household HOYS lead rein pony of hunter kind class in his debut season.
The four-year-old part-bred, ridden by Scarlett Smith and owned by Scarlett’s grandmother Naomi Bradwell, is by former HOYS-winning Dartmoor Licksfold Snowstorm out of Ardenhall Midnight Appeal. He’s produced by Adam and his companion David Jinks of the Jinks Present Group in Cheshire. Earlier this yr he took second on the Royal Worldwide (RIHS) and he booked his HOYS place after standing mini champion at Royal Tub and West.
“I assumed I had a little bit of a star on my fingers once I noticed him on the stud,” mentioned Adam. “I keep in mind him for the primary time and saying to David that we had been positively taking him dwelling with us. We backed him over the winter and he’s been unbelievable. He has one of the best temperament, and I like his motion.”
This was five-year-old Scarlett’s first time driving at HOYS and the win marked Adam’s first victory within the HOYS lead rein pony of hunter kind championship.
“I’ve been second on this class twice and this was my third try; it’s taken me three goes to win it.
“Naomi has been certainly one of our longest standing shoppers, so that is actually particular for her, too.”
Finlay Clay and Heather Cray’s Cadlanvalley Tremendous Ted had been second, led by Craig Elenor.
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