Trevor Breen has achieved a clean sweep in the Addington Manor Talent Seekers at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS), winning the class for the third time.
‘Over the moon’
This year the Irish rider was riding Serpico II, owned by himself, Jo Field and Sam Alberto. The pair was last to go and snatched victory from Louise Saywell and Dassler, by just 13 hundredths of a second.
“I am over the moon,” said Trevor after his win. “Serpico jumped fantastic for me. He’s been jumping well all year, so it’s lovely to culminate it all in this class. It’s great for the owners as well, who are here tonight.”
Nicole Pavitt was third with Hussah TM, while John Whitaker finished fourth riding Hold on Tight II.
It was Trevor’s third time competing in the class, which incorporates the Seven-Year-Old Championship, and he has never been beaten. His first win was in 2011 with Oldtown KC, just a couple of months after he moved from Ireland to the UK.
“It was my first time ever at HOYS and I won,” said Trevor. “Now I have Oldtown here as my number one horse. I came back here again last year and won it with Classic, and now Serpico stepped up to the plate.
“It’s a fantastic run to go in the class three times and win all three. I hope to keep it going for another year or two.”
Earlier in the day Anna Edwards won the Connolly’s RED MILLS Senior Newcomers Championship riding Darling. Anna beat second-placed Phillip Miller and Roulette H by more than five seconds.
The rider, from Clevedon in North Somerset, is no stranger to success on the British Showjumping circuit, with previous wins including Hickstead’s prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Cup class. However, this was her first HOYS win.
“I’ve been coming here for a lot of years, so to finally win here is amazing,” said Anna. “When everyone cheered it was a really special moment.”