Katie Heginbotham qualifies for Royal International Horse of the Year Show after stunning performance at BSPS Lancashire Championships (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Katie Heginbotham qualifies for Royal International Horse of the Year Show after stunning performance at BSPS Lancashire Championships
KATIE Heginbotham qualified for the Royal international Horse of the Year Show after a stunning performance at the British Show Pony Society Lancashire Championships held at Hothersall.
Riding seven-year-old Carnsdale Talk Talk by Iroko, Heginbotham – last year’s Reserve Supreme – ensured qualification for the prestigious event by winning the Intermediate Working Hunter.
The 23-year-old claimed victory in the Penny Hollings Supreme Working Hunter for the second year running, while also taking the Forgeland Supreme Championship.
In addition, Heginbotham – who will contest three finals at Hickstead – took the Robert Billington Memorial Trophy, the Premier League Working Tricolour and the Open Championship.
Meanwhile, fellow Barrows Green equestrian Georgie Osmond will make her debut at Royal International Horse Show after winning the 122cm Show Hunter pony.
Osmond was riding the five-year-old Welsh pony mare Menai Naughty Girl Sally – trained by Heginbotham and broken in just in November – and also won the Premier League Championship.
The nine-year-old will now go forward to the British Show Pony Society Summer Championships in August where she will aim for a further Horse of the Year ticket.
Meanwhile, Lambrigg’s Faye Hesketh won the retrained to racehorse class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show riding ten-year-old Flaygra, defeating Allister Hood and last year’s winner Barbers Shop – owned by the Queen.
Hesketh has also qualified for Horse of the Year Show after victory in the South Essex Insurance Brokers Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifier at Osbaldeston.
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