Chloe Winchester described her opening day win at Horse of the Year Show as “what dreams are made of.” Chloe, from Suffolk, triumphed in the Talent Seekers, incorporating the seven-year-old, Championship, with Louise Saywell riding Mac Uwe finishing in second place on the leading seven-year-old.
Chloe’s jump-off time of 37.11 seconds, on the 10-year-old bay mare Sportsfield Our Clare, proved more than a second quicker than Louise, while third place went to Bumble Thomas on Aramis.
“I am absolutely over the moon,” Chloe said. “There was a bit of pressure in terms of going first, so I did as much as I could, and it worked out today. She has been very competitive throughout the summer, and I know if I push her, she will do whatever she can to jump clear. It is just amazing to win here – it’s what dreams are made of. It is such an amazing experience.
“I evented her as a five and six-year-old, then she had a foal last year and she came back to jumping this year and this where she has ended up. It really is a dream come true. Every question we have asked of her, she has just given that bit more and that bit more.”
It was also a memorable evening for Louise, and reflecting on Mac Uwe’s richly promising display, she said: “He was very good. He jumped a super round. He went in there like a pro and jumped fantastic. He is relatively new to me, and HOYS is completely different to any other indoor, so I am delighted. Before he came here, we had really high hopes for him, and he has just proved it again to why we think that.”
Hear Chloe Winchester after her win!