Local amateur rider qualifies for Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) 2015

Local amateur rider qualifies for Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) 2015

Lucy May, from Burnley, took first place in the Riding Club Show Horse class at the SEIB Insurance Broker’s Search for a Star 2015 qualifier, held at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Slapton, Buckinghamshire on the 5th July.  Riding her own gelding, Blitz, Lucy fought off stiff competition from other riders in the class to gain qualification for the Horse of The Year Show.

 

Lucy bought Blitz, or Douglas as he is known, 18 months ago, “I named him after the gentleman I bought him from, Douglas Harrison”, she explained.  The 9 year old gelding was previously an eventer but had a bad injury that meant he was unable to compete. Knowing what a lovely horse he was, Douglas Harrison bought him, as he didn’t want him to go to waste. Lucy tells us, “He put him out in the field for a year and he has been absolutely fine since. I bought him to show jump but a few people commented saying he would make a show hunter, so we thought we’d give it ago.”  Lucy and Douglas had competed in the Working Hunter class earlier in the morning but had 4 faults in the jumping “We had to borrow some money from the show ground to enter this class” explains Lucy, “We got up at 2am this morning to get here but it has been worth it.” Rose, a good friend of Lucy’s, helps Lucy out with the horses and drove the lorry this morning.

 

Lucy, who is a Clinical physiologist at Airedale Hospital, said “I just can’t believe it, I just want to go and enjoy HOYS. I go every year but to go in my horsebox this year, not my car, and to have a stable there is amazing! I can’t believe it!” Lucy manages to fit the horses in around work and looking after her two little boys “Douglas is the type of horse you can just leave in the field and grab back out again. I’ve always said thank goodness my horses don’t have watches because I ride them at 5am or at midnight sometimes.”