The British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet Grade C Championship was the first showjumping class of the day on Saturday at Horse of the Year Show, held at the NEC in Birmingham. Out of a field of 26 riders, the 1.40m course proved tricky for some. Of the seven horses to make it through to the jump off, Allana Clutterbuck set the time to beat of 35.27 seconds riding Vykinbay. Last to go was Angie Thompson riding nine-year-old bay gelding, Fremont VDL. As no stranger to HOYS, Angie knew exactly what she had to do to secure the victory. Riding a perfectly judged round, Angie took a winning turn to the last fence which saw her come home ahead of the rest in a time of 34.66 seconds. A simply sensational achievement for this combination and the biggest win of her career to date for Angie, who is based in Chipping Camden in the Cotswolds.
“I did feel the pressure. It’s the first class on Puissance day and I’ve got about 25 people here supporting me. I had a good draw as last to go so I knew what I had to do. He [Fremont VDL] is a big horse and he just eats the ground up. He’s jumped here before which really helps because some horses can find it quite daunting on their first time in that arena. He rode well and kept a good pace. To win at HOYS is something else; it is such a special show. I’ve been placed here several times, so I am delighted to have finally won. He’s a great horse and he really deserves a win.”
Saturday at Horse of the Year Show never disappoints, attracting crowds of visitors to come and immerse themselves in an equestrian utopia where they can watch some of the best riders of our sport compete for HOYS Champion status.
British Horse Feeds based in Masham, North Yorkshire is best known for its flagship product ‘Speedi-Beet’ which, thanks to a unique patented process has revolutionized the feeding of beet pulp. Speedi-Beet has improved nutrient availability and soaks in just 10 minutes, compared to 24 hours for sugar beet pellets. It’s a great way to add quality fibre to your horse’s diet for slow release energy. Fibre-Beet, a formulated blend containing Speedi-Beet and alfalfa has the benefits of Speedi-Beet with extra conditioning.
British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet Grade C Championship, Angie Thompson riding Fremont VDL © 1st Class Images