Hunter Chase glory at Cheltenham & Fontwell for West Midlands novice Emma Yardley – Equestrian Art International’s Hunter Chase Highlight Winner
Emma Yardley – photo courtesy & copyright Pete Mansell
A duo of victories at May’s Cheltenham and Fontwell Hunter Chase Evenings secured May’s Hunter Chase Highlight Award for West Midlands based rider Emma Yardley. Starting the season as a novice rider with 4 previous wins to her credit, Emma has added 5 wins this campaign – two in Point to Points and three in Hunterchases.
The highlight of the season was undoubtedly partnering Foxcub, trained by her partner Ryan Potter, to success in the Hunt Benefit Society Hunter Chase at the Cheltenham Hunter Chase Evening.
“It was amazing to win at Cheltenham, even coming down to the second last (where they took the lead) I kept looking around because I couldn’t believe it, he stormed up the hill and I was thinking “what?!!” – it was brilliant. He’s a little legend and we are so lucky to have him. Ryan, a farrier, shoes for his former trainer Tom Symonds, he’d been a useful horse hurdling but lost his was a bit and picked up a small injury. They let us have him for a token payment, we were so lucky, I think we’ve got to grips with him now and hopefully he’ll be just as good if not better next season.”
Fontwell success quickly followed with Steven Astaire’s mare Kimora.
“I think Chris (Loggin) had her bang on and she just loved the track, she was mega-keen taking off from every bend and totally up for it, I’d never felt her so keen before,” she said.
It’s all change for Emma this summer as she is leaving her job with James Evans, and along with Ryan will be opening a new livery yard for pointers and hunters at historic Caradoc Court near Ross on Wye.
“It’s a big change from our current yard and it will be great to have more facilities – we’re really excited” said Emma.