Andrew Mizon jumps text book round at Hickstead Derby 2007
The team at H Bradshaw’s would like to give a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Andrew Mizon for jumping a text book round on his Hickstead Derby debut riding Special Diamond.
Andrew was 18th to go out of 28 riders, having had 3 fences down in the qualifying round, Andrew was looking forward to tackling the infamous course, particularly the derby bank and the devil’s dyke.
The ground was bottomless after inches of rain had decended upon the showground the previous evening and the ground became more fit for mud wrestling than show jumping.
This proved tough for most of the horses, but Andrew proved that “rooky’s” can make the grain and jumped a classic round finishing on 4 faults to take the lead (the pair knocked the rail at the bottom of the Derby Bank, a forgivable error under the slippery circumstances). Special Diamond (Gerry) ate the deep going and jumped for fun. Andrew says “He really settled and produced and excellent round”.
As they cleared the last fence it was huge cheers all round for theyoung rider who celebrated his 19th birthday the following Friday. It was nailbiting waiting for the remaining 10 riders to complete the gruelling course and as the last few remained, Geoff Billington (ironically Andrew’s trainer, who encouraged him to enter the Derby) jumped a very convincing clear round on Cassabachus, finishing with one time fault.
Andrew was delighted to come second to Geoff’s clear round and was seen celebrating his new found fame that evening.
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