There was a familiar face in the amateur cobs when Hallmark IX — the 2013 HOYS supreme horse — headed the class with owner Heather Clay. Brandy, as Hallmark is known, is now back with Heather and is home-produced, after a stellar career as a lightweight and then maxi cob with Jack Cochrane and Simon Reynolds.
“I was so pleased with my lovely Hallmark IX winning a huge class of amateur cobs at Royal Windsor,” said Heather. “He went amazingly and was fabulous to ride in the main ring.”
The open cob championship went to Vicky Hesford and Randalstown Musketeer, who won the heavyweight section. Musketeer, owned by Clare Twiston-Davies, is the reigning cob of the year, but is only in his second season.
“He’s seven and still a relative novice, but he has such a good brain that we put him in some open classes,” said Vicky. “Having said that, he probably hasn’t seen a showground like Windsor, so we are over the moon. It was a great feeling to ride in that main ring. He has so much character, so much charisma and he is a proper stamp of a cob.
“It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been competing — and I’ve been coming here since I was three years old — you still get such a buzz at Windsor.”
Image: Hallmark IX by Steve Dawe of Real Time Imaging