Horse of the Year Show International Wild Card qualifier – Incorporating the National Speed Horse Final

Ben Walker, riding Fygo Von D’ouwe Grint. Credit: 1st Class Images

Today saw the second leg of the Horse of the Year Show International Wild Card qualifier in Championship Arena 1 with the National Speed Horse Final at the British Showjumping National & Academy Championships 2021. Ben Walker, riding Fygo Von D’ouwe Grint, known at Fygo at home, flew to victory finishing in just 68.52 seconds.

When asked about Fygo, Ben commented: “I had him [Fygo] as a 4-year-old, then we sold him to a client at the yard. We bought him back after he was on a successful winning streak. He is a consistent winner! Speed is definitely a strong point; he doesn’t have the biggest scope or stride, but he is speedy.”

Ben and Fygo travelled from Hertfordshire and will be competing in the Horse of the Year Show International Wild Card Qualifier Incorp The British Showjumping Business Partnership International Stairway Final tomorrow. Angie Thompson and Fremont VDL took second place, with Robert Murphy and Highcross Violet coming in third.

As we head into tomorrow, the third and final day of the HOYS International Wild Card Series, we will not only see the winners of the four Wild Cards on offer, but one of them will also be crowned the new British Showjumping National Champion for 2021.

For further information on the British Showjumping National & Academy Championships 2021 please contact press@grandstand.co.uk or call 02476 858 205.

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