Hugh shrugs off break to impress at Show
YOUNG Rainow horseman Hugh Horne finished a superb second in his class at this year’s prestigious Horse of the Year Show, just months after recovering from a broken collar bone.
The gritty King’s School Year Eight pupil on his pony Claggan Silver Knight, more commonly known as Freddie, competed in the 133cms Working Hunter Pony Class.
Hugh was one of only 18 competitors from all over the country who qualified for the annual blue ribbon event at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham and was the first to jump clear, going after eight fellow riders had all brought down fences.
The world-renowned competition attracts competitors from across the country and across all age groups. The course, in front of hundreds of spectators, was very demanding and standards were understandably incredibly high.
Hugh was one of only three other competitors to jump a brilliant clear round over the stiff course coming second overall and then qualifying to compete in the Intenational arena for ages 25 and under, though he is still only 12.
Principal of the King’s Boys’ Division Ian Robertson said: “This is a huge achievement given that this was Hugh’s first season competing at this level and that recently he had three months off from riding after serious injury. He certainly has a a touch of true grit and is a determined young character.”
A talented all round sportsman, Hugh said: “I couldn’t wait to get back on Freddie and compete.”
Hugh rides out at his family’s working farm in Rainow and has been inspired and encouraged by his older sister Charlotte, 17, who was also competing at this year’s HOYS alongside King’s Year 13 student Harriet Roylance, who won the Search For A Star 14.2 category. Charlotte has competed at HOYS for the last 10 years and has previously won on two occasions.
Ultimately, Hugh hopes to go on and emulate his sporting hero, 29-year-old Scottish show jumper Scott Brash, who became the first ever rider to win a grand slam of victories on the world circuit.
Hugh added: “Now I’ve got a taste of competition at this level I want more and next year would love to compete in the show jumping events.”