October 11, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Virbac_3D_Worming_-_Cob_of_the_Year_-_Credit__E.S._Photography.JPGSimon Charlesworth paid a glowing tribute to his champion horse Fait A Cobbli after winning the Virbac 3D Worming Cob of the Year Championship at Horse of the Year Show.

Newmarket-based Simon was thrilled with his nine-year-old chestnut gelding after continuing a rich vein of form this year that has included triumphs at Royal Windsor and Hickstead's Royal International Horse Show.

"He couldn't have done any more in there," said Simon.

"He has been fantastic all season, and he pulled the stops out tonight. I can't quite believe it, really.

"You have got to take each competition as it comes. You never know what is going to happen. They are horses at the end of the day, and it is about luck, hard work and preparation.

"It's so special at HOYS. It's the one that everyone wants to win at. Everyone works all year towards it.

"When you win I think it is a mixture of relief and a bit of shock.

"He's got fantastic limbs, he has got loads of bone for a lightweight cob, he's a lovely mover and he has got a fantastic engine. He is so light and he finds everything so easy. That is what makes him a great horse."

The Kathleen Wood Children's Riding Pony of the Year Championship went to 10-year-old Lucy Bywater on Broadgrove Only You, a seven-year-old bay gelding owned by her grandmother.

The championship was part of the first Horse of the Year Show 65 years ago, with marks based 50 per cent on manners and 50 per cent on conformation, type and freedom of action.

And Lucy, a pupil at Red Maids School in Bristol, admitted: "It was awesome in there.

"It was really good when my name was called out. It was like a feeling that normally doesn't happen.

"He is very nice to ride, very easy and very forward. Winning here means everything to me.

"It's back to school on Monday now, and probably with my rosettes to show off."

The Sandal BMW Intermediate Show Riding Type of the Year Championship was won by Fyrefly, owned by Mary Nicoll-Thompson and ridden by Zoe Martella-Nicol, while Barkway Moonfairy - owned by Elizabeth Aristidou and ridden by Taliah Aristidou - was crowned LEGO Friends Mini Show Pony of the Year Champion.

Audio link to Simon Charlesworth winner of the Virbac 3D Worming Cob of the Year Championship

Audio link to Lucille Bywater winer of the Kathleen Wood Children's Riding Pony of the Year Championship

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