Posted on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by Sarah Wild
Mole Valley Farmers’ (www.molevalleyfarmers.com) is proud that one of its junior riders, who is sponsored by the Newton Abbot store, has qualified for Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). Jake Myers, age 13, from Devon continues his success as his dreams are coming true this year.
After an outstanding winter season where the combination finished third in Britain in the British Showjumping (BS) 138cm Gold League, qualified for Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead and being placed in six out of eight RIHS qualifiers, it is amazing that Jake and his 24 year old pony ‘The Agent’, (known at home as Eddy), have continued to dominate the 138 National classes. Standing at just 136.7cm this Irish Sports Pony has performed at the top of his game throughout 2017, belying his senior years.
Jake who trains in Devon with Caroline Booker and at shows with Bernice Stronge, secured his first ever HOYS ticket at Southview Equestrian Centre in May. The glorious weather brought the pony riders out in force for the Stable Company 138cm qualifier, but Jake dominated the class, securing top spot with the only treble clear. This winning feat was repeated at the last HOYS qualifier at Welsh Home Ponies in July. Overall, they were placed in five out of the six qualifiers they contested, winning two – an achievement no other pony can match this year.
Jakes’ dad Paul explains:
“Like so many kids, Jake dreams of competing at the HOYS and the fifty riders in his qualifier were all aiming to finish in the top three, to secure their ticket. The first two rounds were tough, leaving just Jake, Eddy and five other combinations in the jump off. However, Jake led from the front, producing the only treble clear of the class.”
This followed on from a successful winter campaign, which resulted in an invitation to compete at the prestigious Bolesworth International Horse Show. Yet again the combination did not disappoint, picking up second place in the 138cm Pony Championship.
“I couldn’t believe it when we were selected for the English team at the Welsh Home Pony International. This was a great honour and I felt very proud to represent my country when we got our silver medal. ”
This amazing purple patch continued over the summer, with Jake and Eddy winning the big Graham Heath 138cm Championship at Scope Festival, with an amazing jump off including turns no one else tried and claiming top spot by a couple of hundredths of a second. This win resulted in the pair being invited to jump the entertaining Mini Major Pairs Challenge the following day, where Jake was paired with William Fletcher and came second.
Proud dad Paul adds:
“I know I am biased, but Jake has been doing exceptionally well. We are very proud of him and Eddy and are looking forward to HOYS with anticipation, knowing he is going there on great form and with one of the country’s best 138cm ponies”.
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