Sunday’s Horse of the Year Show Provides Plenty of Talent

Coco Bongo proved that her presence under the spotlight is as compelling as her jump when she beat off all the other pony Champions from across the week to be crowned the Ruckleigh School Supreme Pony of the Year 2019. Ridden by Chloe Lemieux, the 10-year-old grey mare is owned by William Calder, and HOYS was their fifth show together. Chloe is riding the pony in 133cm Workers while William’s daughter Jessica is currently in Nursery Stakes classes with her. After a very busy and even more successful week at HOYS, Jayne Ross added to her HOYS story when the stunning Heavyweight Hunter, Twinshock Warrior, was crowned Supreme Products Supreme Horse of the Year. Jayne had four horses qualified for the Supreme final and this was her seventh Horsae of the Year Show Supreme title. In the Showjumping arena, it was Irish rider David Simpson who claimed the Leading Showjumper of the Year title. Speaking after his win with Gentleman VH Veldhof, David said: “To win the final track of Bob Ellis’ time at Horse of the Year Show is a real honour. He is a great friend of mine and what he has brought to our sport is unbelievable.”


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Double Celebration on 2nd Day of Horse of the Year Show

It was a special win for HOYS Supreme Champion Jayne Ross on Thursday 3rd October when she took the Small Show Hunter of the Year title for the first time with the six-year-old Church Rock Cashel. The fairytale endings continued in the show ring when sisters Amy and Vikki Smith took the top two spots in the Mountain & Moorland Working Hunter Pony Championship exceeding 143cm, with Amy and the Connemara Laburnum Richard standing Champions. The Dressage Future Eite Championship has grown in popularity since it was first introduced at HOYS a few years ago and this year proved the quality of future dressage superstars in this country is improving year on year, with Charlotte Dujardin taking the title for the fourth year running, this year partnering Mount St John Valencia.

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Training for Leg Yield with Maria Eilberg

Dressage rider and trainer Maria Eilberg talks about leg yielding courtesy of her sponsors Amerigo and Sprenger.

“When training on the flat, suppleness is a key element which should be carefully attended to and developed. A useful exercise which can significantly help to improve suppleness is leg yield. It is the first lateral exercise that is introduced to a horse and involves working on two tracks.

Leg yield is the most basic of lateral movements and encourages looseness and flexibility across the whole of the horse’s body whilst ensuring that the rider uses the correct aids and leg positioning to influence the horse. Read more