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Meet Neil Wray!

Neil Wray and Plains Royalty

Hi congratulations on your win the other weekend in the KBIS Hackney Type. Please can you tell me a little bit about how you got in to driving?

I am very fortunate that I grew up with driving as all my family do it, so I gained lots of experience driving lots of different horses from a young age.

Are you interested in riding as well as driving?

Yes, I have also always ridden, I showjumped competitively when I was younger and now I show, team chase and hunt.

You must be busy! How many horses do you have?

We have 40 for commercial purposes; I run an equestrian Centre as well as doing commercial driven work for weddings and film work. Our show string only consists of 3 horses.

Can you tell me a bit about Plains Royalty, whom you won with?

He really is a very outstanding horse! He’s an 8 year old black stallion who was bred in Holland and we purchased as a 2 ½ year old. He is a super horse to work with; he has an exceptional temperament, excellent conformation and movement. He really is a superstar. He has only done 18 shows and in the last 2 years he has never come home without the Champion rosette (he also took Champion at the BDS show after winning the Hackney class as well as HOYS 2018).

What are your plans for the rest of the season?

He only has two more outings this season, the Royal Welsh show in July and then  HOYS in October which he qualified for at his last show. We have also taken him to stud for the first time, although his services will only be available by AI.

Wow, he sounds like an amazing horse to own, thank you for taking the time to talk to us and good luck for the rest of the season!

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