Nicole wins top prize at Horse of the year show

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Banchory’s Nicole Lockhead Anderson was crowned The Stable Company HOYS 138cm Champion at the Horse of the Year Show last weekend.

Fourteen year old Nicole made the nine hour trip to Birmingham where she won the same title last year on Sonas Barney - who was fifth on this occasion - and followed Darby Ward as only the second rider to win the class two years in succession.

A bumper Saturday morning crowd at the NEC revelled in a thrilling competition, which Nicole clinched aboard 18-year-old pony Shappen Pilgrim with a jump-off time of 32.50 seconds after going last.

The runners-up spot was filled by Lily Freeman-Attwood, riding the 2014 winner My Bugsy Malone, while Tegan Rowlands and Grey Palace were third.

Reflecting on her victory, Nicole said: “It is amazing to win again here. He’s a lovely, lovely pony.

“I was asked to ride him two years ago, and this is the first time he has qualified for HOYS. I am really pleased for both my ponies today.

“He is a very quick pony, but I knew from my first ride that I needed to take a bit more caution back to the double. But he is very careful, so I knew I could just run him down to the last fence.

“It is great coming to the Horse of the Year Show, and I would love to compete here again next year.”

Nicole is pictured on Shappen Pilgrim receving the award from The Stable Company. Tor’s Heathon and Scott Green.

The full results for The Stable Company HOYS 138cm Championship can be found at www.results.scgvisual.com/2016/birmingham.

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