Mason makes a dream come true as she heads to HOYS for the first time

on 01 October 2018

The countdown to the 2018 Senior Newcomers Final is on and with less than a week to go until the big day we caught up with one of our finalists, Rebecca Mason. A Horse of the Year Show first timer, Bex will be riding 6-year-old black mare Vancurtis owned by Team Crows Nest.

“I am so excited, I just cannot wait!” said Bex. “She’s a very special mare which we’re super proud of and over the moon to have qualified for the final. We’ve done everything with her, she always pulls out the stops and she has achieved everything we’ve aimed for.”

“Kimmy’s owner and breeder, David Fudge, has had an aim for each year. As a 4-year-old it was the Addington Young Horse Championships, as a 5-year-old she was British bred champion and competed at the world breeding championships in Lanaken and this year it was HOYS. We were third time lucky in qualifying at Weston Lawns and I just had to go for it!”

Vancurtis, known at home as Kimmy, is a bit of character at home and lives up to being ‘a moody mare’.

“She can be miserable at home, but you’d never know if you met her at a show! She loves the atmosphere and the environment, however she has never been anywhere like HOYS, so it will be interesting to see how she copes” said Bex.

“She’s really brave but may be a little spooky indoors. We’ve jumped her a couple of times indoors in the lead up to HOYS but don’t want to overjump her, she’s now having a bit of a quieter time so that she is fresh for the final. It will be the biggest track she’s ever jumped but she can fly round, I just need to not over think it and enjoy the day and the experience.”

Having worked and ridden all over the world, Bex now runs her own business, producing competition horses.

“I trained with Tina and Graham Fletcher before spending some time in Belgium with Ludo Philippaerts. Then I went to Vicky Roycroft in Australia and came back to England via Wales where I spent some time eventing!”

“I now have my own yard in Gloucestershire as well as working very closely with the Team Crows Nest yard. I really enjoy producing young horses and feel like the hard work is starting to pay off. I have some new sponsors which have really helped us achieve even more this year and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. I just want to be the best that I can be.”

Best of luck to Bex and Team Crows Nest!

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