Showjump­ing Life

Mills and Thomp­son re­ceive their dues, GCT re­turns to Lon­don and Gred­ley is an old ro­man­tic at heart af­ter all

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HOYS cham­pi­ons crowned af­ter dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions, plus an en­gage­ment and more

TWO new showjump­ing cham­pi­ons have been crowned af­ter the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of the orig­i­nal win­ners at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) and the Na­tional Am­a­teur and Vet­eran Cham­pi­onships.

Angie Mills, 47, from Co. Durham, be­comes the proud owner of a cov­eted HOYS rug as the new reign­ing bronze league cham­pion, hav­ing orig­i­nally fin­ished in the run­ner-up po­si­tion in the fi­nal at Birm­ing­ham in Oc­to­ber with her 14-year-old geld­ing Quids In II (Cash).

“It’s only taken me 40 years, so I couldn’t be hap­pier to win a ti­tle,” says Angie, who has been com­pet­ing since the age of 10 and has qual­i­fied for ev­ery bronze league fi­nal since its in­cep­tion.

“I thought it was a wind-up when they rang to tell me I’d won.”

Cash was bought from Adam Botham as a four-year-old, hav­ing gone through Brightwells Sales as a three-year-old stal­lion.

“We had to geld him as he was mad — Adam told me he was a looker and jumper, but he had a se­ri­ous buck. It didn’t put me off, though, and he’s quirky and sharp, but he’s been lovely,” she says. “I keep say­ing I’m still giv­ing the young’uns a run for their money.

“To win at HOYS is a dream, but to not have that pre­sen­ta­tion photo and to not have the gal­lop down the cen­tre line and my mo­ment in the spot­light is gut­ting. I’m nearly 48 and Cash owes me noth­ing.”

Mark Thomp­son has added the ma­jor vet­eran rid­ers’ ti­tle to the na­tional am­a­teur 1.05m cham­pi­onship he won at last year’s Bri­tish Showjump­ing Na­tional and Vet­eran Cham­pi­onships. He and Caddy Stroller orig­i­nally fin­ished se­cond and Mark was also third rid­ing Alex H, so both horses move up a place.

“I’m a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed not to have won it on the day, but I won an­other cham­pi­onship at the show, so at least I had my mo­ment on the podium,” says Mark, who has rid­den Caddy Stroller for the past year, hav­ing bought him from a friend who qual­i­fied him for the work­ing hunter at HOYS.

“I’ve known him for a long time and al­ways liked him,” says Mark, who breeds and pro­duces around 30 horses at home.

“He can be spooky in the ring, which is why it took us un­til day four of the show to do well.”

Mark’s aim for 2018 is to qual­ify for a place at the sil­ver league fi­nal at HOYS.

HOYS bronze cham­pion Angie Mills, who was orig­i­nally placed se­cond

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