Upwell showjumper Stacey Cook wins British Silver League title at Horse of the Year Show
Raising the bar and claiming victory in the British Showjumping Silver League Championship was Upwell-based Stacey Cook, riding her 13-year-old bay gelding, Gigant, in Birmingham.
It was very close on the leader board as the final competitors took to the arena, each one bettering the previous round.
Saving the best until last, Stacey stormed down to the final fence, jumping into the lead and taking the title.
Stacey’s win rounded off a successful year as she also won the National Winter Silver League Championship at the BS Spring Championships in April this year with her homebred Ninola.
Speaking of her win on day one at the Horse of the Year Show, Stacey said: “We have had such a great season.
“Having just come back from having a baby I couldn’t believe it when I qualified both of my horses for HOYS in the same year.
“I decided to let him [Gigant] have the limelight because the other one [Ninola] won the winter league.
“He is so consistent and a lovely mover.
“I’ve owned him for eight years now and have produced him myself so it’s so rewarding that he keeps on giving.”
Stacey fits in her training with the horses around her day job working as an equestrian instructor, making her fully invested in the equestrian industry.
The Cambridgeshire-based rider adds: “I hadn’t seen anyone else’s round or even heard how they had got on so I went in a bit blind.
“But I just wanted to do the best we could and was quite surprised when they said we had won the class.
“I’m so pleased with him.
“I think next year we will try some 1.40s and see how we get on.”
Head over to www.hoys.co.uk to find out more information about the Horse of the Year Show.
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