October 11, 2015 at 9:55 PM

Joe_Clayton_-_Speedi-Beet_Grade_C_low_res.jpgGrantham rider Joe Clayton produced a stylish performance to win the Speedi-Beet Grade C Championship on the final day at Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham today.

Riding Millioninmind, an eight-year-old bay gelding, Clayton saw off a challenge from his cousin and British Nations Cup rider William Whitaker.

The Speedi-Beet Grace C Championship is a perfect platform for future stars of the Show Jumping arena. Exceptional talent was on display as eight combinations jumped clean in the first round to make it through to the jump off.

Clayton's jump off time of 37.69 seconds edged out Whitaker by just over a second. Whitaker finished runner-up on C'Est Seppel and third with Dublin V, while Annabel Shields was fourth aboard ABC Quantum Cruise.

The prestigious title is restricted to horses that are Grade C at the time of qualifying and have won £800 or less. The class is often used by top riders to bring on horses which they feel have the potential to become a top Grade A horse.

"It is a very good win. The horse jumped fantastically," Clayton said.

"My horse is really quick, so I knew if I could get the same turn as William in the jump-off, then I could edge it.

"He is a very cheeky horse. He's quite nervy, but brave at the same time.

"All the classes at Horse of the Year show are hard to win, and when you win one, it feels very special."

Audio link to Joe Clayton winner of the Speedi-Beet Grade C Championship

Photo credit: E.S. Photography

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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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