Joe Clayton and Millioninmind Shine in the Speedi-Beet HOYS Grade C Championship

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Grantham rider Joe Clayton produced a stylish performance to win the Speedi-Beet HOYS Grade C Championship on the final day at Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham on Sunday 11th October 2015.

Riding Millioninmind, an eight-year-old bay gelding owned by Steve Barnes, Clayton saw off a challenge from his cousin and British Nations Cup rider William Whitaker.

The Speedi-Beet HOYS Grade C Championship is a perfect platform for future stars of the showjumping arena. Exceptional talent was on display as eight combinations jumped clear in the first round to make it through to the jump off.

Clayton’s jump off time of 37.69 seconds edged out Whitaker by just over a second. Whitaker finished runner-up on C’Est Seppel and third with Dublin V, while Annabel Shields was fourth aboard ABC Quantum Cruise.

The prestigious title is restricted to horses that are Grade C at the time of qualifying and have won £800 or less. The class is often used by top riders to bring on horses which they feel have the potential to become a top Grade A horses.

“It is a very good win. The horse jumped fantastically,” Clayton said.

“My horse is really quick, so I knew if I could get the same turn as William in the jump-off, then I could edge it.

“He is a very cheeky horse. He’s quite nervy, but brave at the same time.

“All the classes at Horse of the Year show are hard to win, and when you win one, it feels very special.”

Speedi-Beet HOYS Grade C Championship – Sunday 11th October 2015

1st Joe Clayton & Millioninmind – 0/0 – 37.69 seconds
2nd William Whitaker & C’est Seppel – 0/0 – 38.73 seconds
3rd William Whitaker & Dublin V – 0/0 – 38.84 seconds
4th Annabel Shields & ABC Quantam Cruise – 0/0 – 39.37 seconds
5th Alex Gill & Billy Olive – 0/0 – 41.22 seconds
6th Alfie Bradstock & KBIS Blown Away – 0/0 – 42.42 seconds
7th Sian Edwards & Adriana – 0/4 – 40.49 seconds
8th Emma Jo Slater & Kimba Flamenco – 0/8 – 38.69 seconds
9th Louise Saywell & Dienna – 4 – 65.49 seconds
10th Alison Barton & Roma IV – 4 – 67.40 seconds

Photo Credit: E.S. Photography