October 11, 2015 at 11:50 PM

Billy_Twomey_Leading_Showjumper_low_res.jpgIrish star Billy Twomey hit top form to take the Leading Showjumper of the Year Grand Prix on the final night of Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham.

This was the biggest course of the week, challenging both horse and rider in the Andrews Bowen International Arena. Combinations had to qualify throughout the week for a place in the prestigious Championship that also carries Longines World Ranking points.

Twomey, who is based in Nottinghamshire, delivered two immaculate clear rounds on Diaghilev to deny Frenchman Julian Epaillard a successful title defense.

Twomey's jump off time of 32.31 seconds was enough to land the £13,200 top prize, completing a title treble in this class after he triumphed in 2008 and 2013.

Epaillard was second on Cristallo A LM, while this year's Bolesworth International Grand Prix winner Yazmin Pinchen took third on Van de Vivaldi, with Colombia's Daniel Bluman fourth on Conconcreto Apardi.

"I am absolutely delighted," Twomey said.

"This week has been brilliant, and it is nice to top it off with a grand prix win.

"The horses have come into form, and hopefully, I can continue to kick on from this result.

"Horse of the Year Show is one of my favourite shows. The crowds here really get behind the runners, which helps make it so enjoyable."


Audio link to Billy Twomey winner of the Leading Showjumper of the Year



Featuring the most prestigious National Showing and Show Jumping Championships, International Show Jumping classes, Virbac 3D Worming Mounted Games and Osborne Refrigerators Double Harness Scurry Racing, HOYS 2015 is packed with excitement. The popular and exciting Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch Activity Ride will headline the displays and Team GB Vaulters will impress the audience with their awe-inspiring acrobatic routine.  Friday October 9th is the day of choice for dressage fans, with the Stephen Clarke Dressage Masterclass and the Mount St John Dressage Future Elite Championship both timetabled. The 2015 Show will come to spectacular close during the Sunday Evening Gala Performance, which will include entertainment from Britain’s Got Talent sensations The HoneyBuns. Tickets for Horse of the Year Show 2015 are now on sale. For show information, including the timetable, and to book, visit www.hoys.co.uk or call 0844 581 8282.

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