October 09, 2014 at 10:17 PM

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Kent rider Jude Burgess produced a brilliant performance on Carvelo Z to land the prestigious Horse and Hound Senior Foxhunter Championship at Horse of the Year Show.

The class is a major stage for young equine talent and lists horses such as the legendary, Beethoven, the World Championship winning partner of David Broome, among its previous winners.

And this year it was Tunbridge Wells-based Jude’s ride, the Horsepower Motor Centre Ltd’s seven-year-old gelding, who prevailed at Birmingham's LG Arena, winning a thrilling jump-off by just under a second from Oxfordshire's Geoff Billington’s ride Canant, with Contessa IV, under Sussex showjumper Nicole Pavitt, third.

Jude bought the horse four years ago as a three-year-old, and its quality was so evident during one of the most thrilling Horse & Hound Senior Foxhunter Championships for many years.

"I did think I had a chance," Jude said.

"He is quick and super-careful, and you just hope for a bit of luck on the day. Everything came off.

"I knew Nicole and Geoff were still to come after me, and they are both really quick riders, so I had to try and go into the lead and try to put pressure on them.

"He is a really clever horse, one of those that you know if you do your job right then he is not going to let you down.

"He will have some time off now, then we will get him fit and ready for the New Year and probably take him down to Portugal for a Tour."

Audio link to the winner of the Horse & Hound Senior Foxhunter Championship:

http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/HorseoftheYearShow_Burgess.mp3



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