Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) 2018 started with Diane Stennett’s outstanding mare Time 2 Reflect defending her Ladies Side Saddle Horse of the Year title - and it has ended with her being crowned Ripon Select Foods Supreme Horse of the Year.
To see a side saddle competitor take the title on the 70th running of the Show certainly added a welcome touch of nostalgia - and it was indeed the perfect ‘Time 2 Reflect’.
Originally called the ‘Champions of Champions’, the Supreme saw Betty, as she is known at home, go beautifully in the Andrews Bowen International Arena ridden by Jayne Ross, and top her numerous HOYS titles with this ultimate accolade.
At the start of the week, Jayne said that anything in addition to the Side Saddle win would be a bonus - well, what a week she’s had!
“It’s a dream come true,” she said, reflecting on Betty’s career so far. “To come here and do this is just the icing on the cake for a career that’s just surpassed everything you could ever have dreamed of.”
Jayne has won the Supreme three times at HOYS, but never on anything other than a Riding Horse: “I was beginning to think I was a bit of a one trick pony,” she laughed.
“She’s such a special horse - she’s everybody’s favourite. She gives 110% everytime - you just can’t fault her.”
Time 2 Reflect is an 11-year-old Thoroughbred cross by Cameo’s Reflection out of Drombay.
Listen to Jayne’s interview: http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/HOYS_Jayne_Ross_supreme_horse.mp3
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