October 08, 2015 at 11:51 PM

Robert_Murphy_Leading_Pony_Showjumper_low_res.jpgPreston schoolboy Robert Murphy completed a memorable family double on day two at Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham. 

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. 

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 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 Horse of the Year Show that my dad has done in the past. 

Audio link to Robert Murphy winner of the Leading Pony Showjumper of the Year

Photo credit: E.S. Photography



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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