2011 winner of the 13 WHP U14 section of the Horse of Year Show George Holder (Ch, IV) was away last weekend in a bid to regain his title. This challenging event requires the versatile rider to jump a course of 12 rustic fences, ‘show’ the horse on the flat and perform various procedures to achieve a ‘confirmation’ by the judge. Twenty-five contestants had made it through the qualifying rounds to be at the finals, held in the Birmingham NEC. With limited opportunity for practice in term time, George was delighted with his third place, riding his beloved dun ‘Rossdale Sandpiper’, stable name Dougal.
"I was really happy with third place," says George, a former Aysgarthian who lives near Ullswater in the Lake District. ‘It was a great way to end three years in this section. I am already looking forward to the higher class next year, with hopefully a little more racing.’