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