Sunday 14th August 2016
A flying finish for Abigail Walters in the Speedi-beet HOYS Grade C Qualifier
Winning the class and heading to HOYS is Abigail Walters with the striking dark by gelding Master Milligan 11. The pair stormed round the jump off in a time of 42.97 seconds to take the lead ahead of 73 other riders in the class – a huge field of great talent. With a challenging 1.25m course there were only 10 combinations through to the jump off phase, but no one could quite catch the time set by Abigail.
Having never competed at HOYS before Abigail was really excited about the prospect, she says: “I’ve always evented and have only recently started show jumping. I can’t wait for HOYS.” Abigail has competed at Burghley International Horse Trials in the past but is now moving more towards show jumping. 11 year old Master Million 11 is owned by Marion Stewart who has had him since he was a yearling. He himself has evented up to 2* level and has been show jumping for the past eight months. “He has a lovely long stride which covers the ground well and he is very careful over the jumps so I just felt he suited show jumping over eventing. He has a great presence in the ring and always aims to please,” concluded Abigail.
Image caption: Abigail Walters with Master Milligan 11
Image credit: 1st Class Images