HOYS 2014 is proving to be a very good one for members of West Kype Riders Club, with three riders qualifying to compete at the greatest show-jumping show on earth in Birmingham this October.
Cameron Rogan and his pony Tommy decided to repeat last year and wait until the very last qualifying opportunity at The Scope Festival to gain his ticket for the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers. this is clearly a ring that suits them both as they have jumped superbly two years in a row at Scope. Cameron reached the jump off at HOYS in 2013 and with another years experience under both his and the pony’s belts they will be hoping to reach the jump off again and take one of the top placings. He has had great success this year around the country having qualified and taken places at the Royal Highland Show in both the JC Championship and the 148 Championship. He also won the JC trophy at Newmilns show earlier in the year.
Gillian Anderson and her young horse Congeniality B have qualified for the inaugural finals of the Silver League Championships. This class starts off as a league, leading to second rounds for those in the top placings and culminating in a coveted place in the HOYS finals. ‘Bee’ has progressed immensely during the year having several placings at this years Highland Show and competing at Hickstead in the Winter Novice Championships.
Another competitor from Hickstead making to journey to Birmingham is Kelsey Smith with her horse Hero II. She qualified at the Blair International Horse Trials for the Addington Manor Talent Seekers 7 y.o. Final. Kelsey narrowly missed out on a place in the Silver League Championships but was not deterred from finding another way to HOYS.
Remarkably all three competitors will be competing on the same day, Wednesday the 8th October. The first two classes of the day are Gillian’s and Cameron’s with Kelsey’s class rounding off the evenings jumping. It promises to be a nerve wracking day for all of the West Kype supporters travelling down to see their fellow club members jump. We wish all three the very best of luck.