Hugh shrugs off break to im­press at Show

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - EQUES­TRIAN

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.”

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