The UK 2021/22 diving champions were crowned in the Jump365 Finals at Sandown Park on Saturday.
Brian Hughes, the only person to become the fourth NH equestrian to hit a double record of winners in a single season, has been named the Premier League Diving Champion for the second time. His win total was 204.99 against Sam Twiston-Davies in second place.
Hughes, who won the title in 2019/20 said, “It was something at the beginning of the season I set out to try and do and it was amazing when it arrived. I never thought it was signed and stamped and I never wanted to let any kind of complacency happen. I just wanted to bow my head and keep doing what I’ve been doing all season, so I never accepted it happened until it happened. “
The driver with the championship condition is Kevin Brogan. Coach Paul Nicholls and owner JP McManus were once again awarded year-end titles by earnings – their 13th and 15th respectively.
“It was more difficult [to win the big races] but every year is difficult. In recent years, I have been neck and neck with Willie [Mullins] or Nicky, but this year it’s a little more relaxed and I can enjoy the whole day,” says Nicholls.
“I knew we were going to be quiet at Cheltenham but we had a good Aintree with some nice winners there and the horses are flying again now.
“I may have turned 60 recently, but I have absolutely no thoughts of retiring. I love what I’m doing and as long as I’m fit and healthy I have no plans to cut back – I love it. ”
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