October 12, 2014 at 7:47 PM

M74_9018.JPGBroadshard Simplicity took centre-stage at Horse of the Year Show on Sunday night by being crowned Ripon Select Foods Supreme Horse of the Year Champion, ridden by Maidenhead's Jayne Ross.

Earlier in the day, the pair took the BSHA Riding Horse of the Year Championship, where horses are split into two height classes and a strong emphasis is placed on galloping, correct conformation, presence and a true straight action.

And then came the coup de grace at Birmingham's LG Arena as they prevailed from 10 other 2014 HOYS Champions to land Jayne her fourth HOYS Supreme title.

"This is very, very special," she said.

"It's always special to win here, but especially with a young horse. He went about things so beautifully and gave me the most wonderful feel.

"He just knows that he is a very beautiful horse, and he's got a certain charisma that he just allows you to work with.

"You can just press the buttons and say 'come on, just give us everything and give us a performance' and he does. He plays to the crowd."

The horse's owners are Accrington-based Rosettes Direct, and managing director David Wallace said: "We are totally elated. It is a complete dream come true for us. That horse has completely exceded our expectations."

The Supreme Pony of the Year Championship was taken by Barkway Moonfairy, the LEGO Friends First Ridden Champion partnered by 10-year-old Peterborough rider Taliah Aristidou.

"It feels absolutely amazing. It is my last show on her, and I absolutely love her," Taliah said. "She is just the best pony I will ever have or ever will have."

The five-year-old Lindeth Talisman, ridden by 11-year-old Holly Hobson from Bolton, was a popular winner of the Topham Barnes Show Hunter Pony of the Year Championship.

"It means everything to me. I am shocked," said Holly, as she was surrounded by members of her thrilled family in the collecting ring.

"He's only five, and he has just come out and done his job. He has been so good, and he will certainly be getting some extra carrots!"

The SEIB Search for a Star Championship offers an opportunity for amateur horses and riders to learn from their more experienced peers, with an emphasis on help and encouragement, and the title was won by South Staffordshire's Nikki Johnson and Diamond Roulette.

"I was really shocked when my name was announced in the arena," said Nikki, who also bred and owns the four-year-old.

"This means the world to me. It is a dream come true."

The SEIB Racehorse to Riding Championship was won by the 10-year-old grey gelding Flaygray, a horse that Preston's Faye Hesketh took ownership of earlier this year following a racing career that produced three victories, including two over hurdles.

"It's just the best thing, and to win it on a horse that is amazing as him, words can't describe that feeling. It is something you work for week in, week out," she said.

"He is such a loving horse. Whatever you ask of him he gives you 110 per cent. It has been about teaching him to go in a different way."

And the Shire Horse Year Championship supported by the Shire Horse Society went to the Paul Bedford's Metheringham Upton Hamlet.

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