Horse of the Year Show International Wild Card qualifier – Incorporating the National 1.40m Championship Final

Joe Trunkfield and Idwerd. Credit: 1st Class Images

Today the greatly anticipated first leg of the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) International Wild Card Series took place in Championship Arena 1 incorporating the National 1.40m Championship. The audience were expecting to see some exciting top class competition and the class did not disappoint.

The HOYS Wild Card Series has three heats at the show; leg one took place this afternoon, leg two follows tomorrow with the National Speed Horse Final and concludes on Sunday, promising edge of your seat action and a great way to end the sixth day of the show. The recipients of the four Wild Cards will then automatically be qualified for the International Competitions at Horse of the Year Show 2021 (6th – 10th October) where the qualified rider will be entitled to enter three horses plus one for the Ripon Select Foods Puissance.

In a huge class of 73, Joe Trunkfield and 8-year-old Idwerd flew to victory, being one of only 7 double clears in the class.

Joe commented on his win: “My original plan was to beat the fences, but Woody [Idwerd] is naturally quick and a brave horse, which was enough to win.” The combination have a couple of international competitions ahead, but are looking forward to HOYS, where they will be competing in the Equiptop GLME Foxhunter Championship and the Talent Seekers Final.

Jack Whitaker and Elucar V E were only 0.5s behind Joe, taking second place, with Joseph Fernyhough and Calcourt Particle taking third.

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