This year’s hack championship at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) was a true clash of the Titans, with a major rewind thrown in for good measure. After two strong classes, the finale came down to the wire between two exceptional animals — the 2019 HOYS champion and large winner Forgeland Hyde Park (Will) and that year’s reserve, the small winner, Parkgate Royal Visit William.
Now, as then, William was piloted by producer Robert Walker for owner Nick Brookes, but Will — champion then under Jayne Ross for the Wallaces but now in the hands of Danielle Heath and owned by the Mears family – again just had the edge.
Danielle has only had Will for two months, but has already established a formidable partnership with the Kilvington Scoundrel 10-year-old. The pair stood champion at Stoneleigh and were Classic supreme champions at the British Show Horse Association national championships last month.
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Article written by: Tricia Johnson