YASMIN CUDDY and Mountstephen Showman (Max) made a triumphant show ring debut to head a strong large hack class throughout, claim their first Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) ticket together and then stand section champion.

This achievement was all the more remarkable as neither Yasmin nor Max has appeared in a show ring since HOYS 2015, when Yasmin partnered her intermediate show hunter Trudi Thornton to stand second, and Simon Charlesworth achieved the same hack result with Max in the horse’s first and only season — until today.

Yasmin’s showing has been on hold since then, and Max has been a “pampered pet” at home. 

“He returned to producer Vicky Hesford in March but today was our very first outing together — I was really nervous,” confessed Yasmin. “And although I’ve been successful with intermediates, riding horses and small hunters, I’ve never done a hack show before. I just was so focused on getting it right and doing him — and everyone else who has worked with him — justice. 

“He felt amazing, but I never expected to qualify on our very first outing together.” 

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