Show jumper Tim Gredley claimed the spoils in this year’s Cuddy working hunter title at Horse of the Year Show when the former Junior European Championships gold medallist partnered Grand Conan to victory.
Gredley, who was capped for Great Britain 13 times, including for the 2006 World Equestrian Games, manages his family’s Unex Competition Stables, based in Newmarket in the summer and Florida in the winter. He and Grand Conan produced one of only six clears — from 38 finalists — to land the top accolade.
Judges Beanie Sturgis (ride) and Chris Hewlett (conformation) gave them the highest style mark of 19.
“It was a tricky course,” conceded Gredley, who took the ride after his sister Pollyanna, the owner of the nine-year-old Grand Conan, injured her knee in a fall. “It didn’t need to be any smaller, but it was a decent enough.”
Faults were fairly well spread around David Cole’s suitably testing 12-fence track, with only one obstacle, the tractor at 10 remaining intact. The most influential proved to be the oxer at 3 and the hedge topped with white poles at 8. There was one elimination — Portphilip CE refused at the first fence, which appeared fairly straightforward, then ran out at 5 and 6.
Andrew Williams riding Bodieve Toyboy was second, despite ballooning over the water tray at fence 5, with Fiona Hirst on Dartans Barrack third — both achieved clear rounds.
Gredley, who was returning to the show ring after a gap of 10 years, was due to jump in Portugal the day after the working hunter final. He was busily checking flight times to see if he could return to partner Grand Conan in Sunday’s supreme.
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