Loxton rider qualifies for Horse of the Year Show

PUBLISHED: 09:09 01 July 2016

Sarah Nicholls.

Sarah Nicholls.


Rider Sarah Nicholls has qualified for the Horse of the Year Show after winning a qualifying event near Bridgwater.

Sarah Nicholls, aged 25, from Loxton, qualified for the Horse of the Year Show at the SEIB Insurance Broker’s Search for a Star 2016 qualifier held at Stretcholt Equestrian Centre in Bridgwater.

Sarah rode Lyn Bugler’s South Hill Farm El Toro to a win in the show cob and maxi cob class of the Stretcholt show to gain her HOYS ticket.

The eight-year-old gelding, known as Toro, is in his second season showing.

“We did some local shows and a few county shows to get going,” explained Sarah. Toro was bought to hunt five years ago, and was hunted twice a week by Lyn with the Weston and Banwell Harriers.

Sarah’s dad, Richard Nicholls, had seen the cob out hunting and thought he should go in the show ring. “So I stole him to go showing,” laughed Sarah, who learned about SFAS on the internet.

“Mum Annette Gibson and dad have both been the driving force. They are so supportive, and my sister Lisa ¬- they all ride Toro”.

Sarah works with her father, who is a master of the Isle of Wedmoor Drag Hounds, running a yard that breaks in horses and focuses on schooling and driving. Sarah plans to do more shows with Toro in preparation for HOYS.

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