Nicole Pavitt wins the Senior Foxhunter Masters and secures her place at HOYS
Nicole Pavitt secured her place at Horse of the Year Show 2016 in the Senior Foxhunter Masters riding Gemmarco 16, a homebred seven year old stallion. The competition proved intense creating an electric atmosphere as horses and riders tackled the challenging course designed by Mark McGowan.
Nicole was delighted when she realised she had won, having ridden a double clear with a time of 37.35. “He’s been the easiest horse from day one, he’s only seven years old but he has a great attitude. We have had two foals from him this year and we have two other mares in foal to him ready for next year. The course rode well; it was testing in places but that is what you want at a championship. I knew I needed to respect the last fence because a few riders had previously took it on the angle and had it down. So I rode quite a wide loop to make sure I got a straight approach and it paid off,” explains Nicole. She continues: “His sire is Unbelievable Darco who was HOYS champion back in his day and he is out of our mare, Ecuador. We bought Ecuador from a lady called Fiona Pierce after already having one of her offspring and being won over by her temperament and ability.”
The top four horses placed in the class take with them their HOYS qualifier ticket. They are; Gemmarco, second placed Zira II ridden by Anthony Condon, third placed Lady Bird ridden by Tim Stockdale and Indy IV ridden by Ailsa Black.
Image caption: Nicole Pavitt and Gemmarco 16, winners of the Senior Foxhunter Masters
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