Foxhunter victory proves just the ticket for Barker.
Byline: ANNA HARRIS
MUIRMILL Equestrian Centre in Scotland held the second round of the Equitop Myoplast Senior Foxhunter Championship - and it was Northallerton's Paul Barker who claimed another Horse of the Year Show ticket.
With two direct qualifying tickets on offer for the final at the Horse of the Year Show in October, all 30 starting combinations fought hard to gain that vital treble clear - but course designer Jason Abbs had set a tough challenge only four combinations could conquer.
Barker landed the win with Hannah and Lynn Barker's British-bred stallion Green Grass, a seven-year-old by Luidam who already claimed a ticket to this year's Horse of the Year Show at the beginning of the month in the Newcomers second round.
They crossed the finish line in 41.35 seconds, pipping Aileen Craig and her own seven-year-old gelding Hongkong by 0.02 seconds.
Bank Holiday Monday's Cheshire Horse Show proved to be a popular choice with riders as 43 combinations took part in the British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet HOYS Grade C Qualifier.
Only ten of the initial starters managed a first-round clear round.
Those ten were halved again as five combinations produced a double clear, leaving the clock to decide who would gain the three qualifying tickets for the British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet HOYS Grade C Championship Final at the Horse of the Year Show.
Carmen Edwards, from Ellesmere, Shropshire produced an electric round on Carl Edwards' Happy Valerie, crossing the finish line in 42.50 seconds.
Paul Barker and Green Grass in the Equitop Myoplast Senior Foxhunter Second Round at Muirmill. Credit: Equiscot Photography