Philip Spivey claims the 2013 EquestrianClearance.com Senior Newcomers Championship
A delighted Philip Spivey captured the EquestrianClearance.com Senior Newcomers Championship at the Horse of the Year Show.
Suffolk-based Philip, who is no stranger to collecting Championship titles at the Horse of the Year Show, previously took the Horse & Hound Foxhunter Championship in 2005 with Romanov.
But this year it was the turn of Smirnov when claiming the EquestrianClearance.com Senior Newcomers Championship title.
Smirnov is the son of his previous HOYS champion, Romanov who has gone on to be a big winner all over the world.
Seven-year-old chestnut gelding, Smirnov, owned by Charlotte Briggs, beat off 23 other horse and rider combinations proving to be a very worthy winner.
Said Philip: “Smirnov is a home-bred horse, who was then sold to my groom, Charlotte. He’s a lot like his father, who went on to become a successful international horse and is now being competed by Ireland’s Bertram Allen.”
Philip and Smirnov produced a perfect double clear and a quick, corner cutting jump off finishing on 35.60 seconds. This proved to be unbeatable. Second placed Anna Edwards and Croklund survived a rub at the last fence but just missed out on the winning time.
Lorraine Meadowcroft, Managing Director and Katie Farmer, Marketing Manager of EquestrianClearance.com were there to present the prizes which saw Philip and Smirnov collect their Championship Rug.
- 1st Philip Spivey & Smirnov – 0/0 – 35.60 seconds
- 2nd Anna Edwards & Croklund – 0/0 – 35.98 seconds
- 3rd Richard Howley & Sebastian VII – 0/4 – 33.93 seconds