October 09, 2015 at 12:09 AM

Hoys_RGB_new_logo.jpgLancashire showjumper Robert Maguire took centre-stage on day two at Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham when he won the Horse & Hound Senior Foxhunter Championship.

One of the show's most established and famous classes, it once again lived up to expectations.

Six combinations made it through to the jump-off, including both of 60-year-old John Whitaker's rides, but it was Wigan-based Maguire who came out on top with eight-year-old mare Anastasia Van De Helle to land the £1,700 top prize.

Their time of 37.76 seconds ensured a clear victory from Scottish challenger Douglas Duffin and Djoel, with another Scottish rider Mark Turnbull third aboard Cartouch III and Yorkshireman Whitaker taking fourth on Cassins Chaplain and fifth with Fabrice van Overis Z.

Maguire said: "It's a class, when you have got a nice young horse, you always want to win it.

"I knew my time wasn't too fast, and I knew I had John Whitaker behind me. I would say that nine times out of 10 he would beat me, but he had a rail down." 

Sweden's Angelie von Essen, a regular campaigner on the British circuit, landed the opening international class of this year's event - the ReadySupp Cup - with West Falica. 

Von Essen conquered a class that had two phases against the clock, but only after a thrilling battle with Irish star Billy Twomey. 

The Swedish rider posted a time of 28.78 seconds, which edged out Twomey and Tin Tin by just 11 hundredths of a second.

Belgium's Karel Cox finished third on Covia Z, and Ireland's Anthony Condon took fourth spot aboard Balzac. 

Von Essen only got the call to compete at this year's event on Monday of this week, and she could hardly have made a finer start to proceedings.

"I am really pleased with the win," she said. "My horses are in good form, and when I got the call on Monday I wasn't too stressed about it. I have just come here to do my best. 

And there was more international success in the CanterBanter.co.uk Cup, when last year's HOYS grand prix winner, Frenchman Julien Epaillard, prevailed with Pigmalion Du Rozel.

Their time of 53.55 seconds headed a multi-national leaderboard as Colombia's Daniel Bluman finished second on Conconcreto Apardi, with Twomey and Diaghilev third and Egypt's Abdel Said, riding Luron SZ, fourth.


Preston schoolboy Robert Murphy, meanwhile, completed a memorable family double when the 14-year-old landed the prestigious Leading Pony Showjumper of the Year title - 30 years to the day after his father Peter won it. 

Peter, who is showjumping coach of the successful Great Britain eventing team, has proved to be a major influence on Robert's riding career. 

Riding nine-year-old mare Rainbows Mocha, Robert clocked 40.89 seconds in the jump-off to win by almost a second from Jessica Hewitt and Amman Valley Santino, while Scarlett Charles - daughter of London 2012 Great Britain showjumping team gold medalist Peter Charles - was third aboard Aroldo. 

Reflecting on his victory, Robert said: "It was great out there, if a bit nerve-wracking. 

"It was all good. I had to take a few risks that my dad mentioned to me, and that is exactly what I did. 

"It's good doing something at the Horse of the Year Show that my dad has done in the past."



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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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