1st, Hiscano, owned by Lady Caroline Tyrrell and ridden by Allister Hood
2nd, Deep Reflection, owned by Jason and Helen Newbold and ridden by Helen Newbold
This ever popular class had 24 entries and was split for preliminary judging by Sarah Smith (ride) and Joan Lewis (conformation). First place went to Allister Hood, with Lady Caroline Tyrrell’s Hiscano, known at home as “Jasper”. He was in training as a 3 year old with Terry Clement, but after two uninspired runs on the all-weather, he left racing in 2012. Lady Caroline found Jasper on a hunting yard last Christmas and asked Allister and Oliver Hood to go and have a look. “Ollie rode him and we liked the look of him so he came straight to us. We went to Keysoe and stood 3rd to 2 previous HOYS winners, Night Prayers and Blue Java, so I was chuffed to bits”, said Allister. “At Houghton he qualified for the ROR final at Hickstead and I was well pleased with the way he went at the championship. He is maturing as each week goes by. We went to the HOYS qualifier at Badgworth, but he has matured again since then. I hope he will go on to be a very nice small riding horse. This is a good education path for him”, said Allister.
Second place went to Helen Newbold and Deep Reflection, who are no strangers to the HOYS championship having finished reserve champion in 2012. The 13 year old bay gelding by Cloudings (IRE) out of Tudor Thyne (IRE) was bred by Mrs C J C Bailey and trained by Martin Keighley. He ran a total of 38 times in bumpers and over hurdles and fences, achieving 6 wins and £25,000 in prize money. Helen’s husband, Jason, was assistant trainer to Ben Case, where Deep Reflection was in training before he went to trainer Martin Keighley. “We have had quite a slow start to this year as I had a baby in February”, said Helen. But the pair won at Herts County and this is the third year running he has qualified for HOYS. Helen has another ex-racehorse that she is just starting and she hopes to bring out next year. “He is a Diva at home. He was a show horse that went racing for too long. He loves it in the show ring”. Helen and her husband, Jason, run a pre-training and breaking yard and Deep Reflection has to fit in with their busy lives. “He is so easy, I ride him 3 or 4 times a week and when we get to shows I never have to worry if we are a bit late”, said a delighted Helen.
Ride judge, Sarah Smith, said “The quality and standard was outstanding. I was amazed at how well they settled. I think the winner will go on to be a show horse”.