Meet HOYS successful present riders Harriett and Georgina Storey

  • It’s widespread for sporting expertise to run within the household, and sisters Harriett and Georgina Storey are confirming the pattern.

    The 2 younger exhibiting riders, aged 14 and 11 respectively, have each realised the last word dream of successful on the Horse of the 12 months Present (HOYS) with their ponies. Georgina lifted the mini present pony of the yr championship aboard Barkway Mr McGregor (Mario) in 2019, and Harriett struck gold in 2022 together with her novice 138cm present pony Copybush Time Lord (Dennis), who gained his class and stood part reserve. And the Storey sisters are already waiting for the up-coming season with some thrilling new rides able to hit the circuit.

    Harriett and Georgina, supported by their mother and father, Emma Andrews and Simon Storey, base their present ponies with producers Karl Morris and Liam Glynn in Lancashire, whereas their younger and dealing hunter ponies are stored at dwelling in North Yorkshire.

    Worthington Cinderella, ridden by Georgina and led by Mum Emma, and Harriett with Barkway Mr McGregor

    Harriett’s love for horses started when she had a experience on a pony whereas on vacation in Salcombe in Cornwall aged seven. Shortly afterwards, she joined the Emmerson Present Group with Dennis, who the household purchased as a four-year-old. Georgina commenced her driving profession on the lead rein aged 4.

    Harriett loved many championships victories and placings at HOYS with Mario, earlier than she handed the reins to her youthful sister. Dennis, only a five-year-old, offered Harriett together with her first ever HOYS victory on his debut on the championship present in 2022.

    “This was my proudest second up to now, particularly as he’s only a child pony,” stated Harriett, of Dennis, who gained two HOYS qualifiers from two begins and was twin Royal Worldwide (RIHS) present pony and part-bred champion at Ayr County through the 2022 season. “My 13hh working hunter pony, Balfour Commander (Buzz), has additionally given me some memorable moments. He hadn’t jumped earlier than Mum purchased him for me final yr and I’ve labored onerous with him at dwelling. We gained an RIHS qualifier and had been third in our first HOYS qualifier at Royal Cheshire this yr. He’s now beginning an thrilling new profession in showjumping.”

    Harriett is eager to progress up the working hunter pony ranks. She contested the 13hh employee remaining on the RIHS in July with Buzz.

    “He made a lot progress all year long and he flew across the RIHS, simply clipping a few poles, however I’m so pleased with his journey,” she stated.

    Barkway Mr McGregor and Georgina, mini present pony champions at HOYS in 2019

    Georgina’s HOYS centre line second arrived when she was simply seven years outdated.

    “It was my first yr driving off the lead rein; driving within the supreme at HOYS was an incredible expertise,” she stated. “I additionally bear in mind successful on the Royal Highland on the lead rein with my first pony Worthington Cinderella; I nonetheless have the pink and pink tartan rosettes.”

    Georgina additionally featured on the RIHS together with her novice 13hh present hunter pony Aston Musketeer.

    “I cherished my first gallop up the aspect of the massive ring at Hickstead,” she stated. “This yr has additionally been a apply yr for employees, as I’m starting on this class subsequent season.”

    Waiting for 2023, each Harriett and Georgina Storey are gearing up for an additional profitable time period.

    “I can be driving Dennis once more, focussing on part-bred lessons; he was champion part-bred as a yearling on the Royal Welsh Winter Honest,” revealed Harriett. “Mum and Dad have additionally purchased me a brand new 15hh employee named Silver Carrig Knight. He’s a Connemara and is barely a five-year-old so we’ve loads of work to do.”

    Georgina added: “I’ve the 13hh present hunter pony Greylands Maid At Sunset, who has performed nicely together with her earlier rider, Chloe Salley, and I can’t wait to get began together with her. I even have Vicky Hillyard’s Pinewell Ivo to leap within the 122cm mountain and moorland working hunter class, in addition to my very own plaited employee, Valentine Berty, who we purchased as a yearling; he actually loves his leaping.”

    “I like in a single day exhibits the very best,” stated Harriett. “I can see my associates, stroll the employee programs and have plenty of enjoyable. I actually get pleasure from bringing novices on; it’s extremely satisfying to observe a pony’s progress, particularly within the employee lessons.”

    “I additionally actually love seeing my finest associates at exhibits and happening hacks across the showgrounds,” confirms Georgina. “I need to be a vet so I’ll hopefully at all times maintain exhibiting. I additionally like to win a sash!”

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