Saturday 13th August 2016
Showing Arena 5
It was scheduled to be a very busy day in Arena 5 with the FUSO Eco Cob Championship classes, the Colosso Family Ladies Side Saddle Class as well as the Show Hunter Championships.
The Colosso Family Ladies Side Saddle Class
Nine riders out of a total of 18 entries came forward for the Colosso Family Saddle Saddle Class at Stoneleigh Horse Show under Judges John Maynard and Shelley Perham. Riders and horses from as far away as Co. Down and Edinburgh travelled to compete in the class. It was Scottish national Sofia Scott’s Bridgham who impressed the judges. Finn, as he is known at home in Norfolk with the Hood family is described by Sarah as a ‘Horse of the Lifetime’. The 13 year old Finn won the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse at Horse of the Year Show and his win today and qualification, subject to verification, will be his last and final appearance at the famous Show as Sofia said he will retire from his Showing career.
Finn, a full Thoroughbred has many strings to his bow throughout his career including Point to Pointing, Hunting, and Showing and will now retire to a life of unaffiliated Dressage with Sofia.
The Catplant Group of Companies Ltd Show Hunter of the Year Championship
The Lightweight class was a well supported with 19 coming forward on the day. Judges Barbara Ashby-Jones and Lesley Whitehall had a tough task ahead with a competitive line up in the class. First to be called in by the judges in the preliminaries was John Land’s 6 year old Irish bred Gelding, Carnsdale Capability Brown and there he stayed. Comer, as he is known, was ridden and produced by Wayne Thorneycroft. The combination had already qualified earlier at The Great Yorkshire show so the HOYS ticket, subject to verification, went to Gerry Merton’s Seabourne Silent Valley.
Hannah Horton on Lucinda Freeman’s grey gelding Big Ben. Blue as he is known as at home had been experiencing the Blues with several seconds, one at New Forest and one at Bath and West, but today although initially pulled in second by the judges, Blue got promoted after giving Judge Lesley Whitehall a lovely ride.
Garry Parr’s Redemption Ground took the Heavyweights on his 9 year old Chestnut Gelding with rider Leon King. Cheerio, as he is known as at home, is having a very successful Showing season with ribbons collected at Lincoln, Royal International and Hickstead already under belt this summer. Cheerio also competed last year at HOYS in the Heavyweight Class with Gary but he hopes to do one better and be in the ribbons with him this year under the lights of the Andres Bowen International Arena.
With six through to the Championship, it was the Heavyweight Redemption Ground to take the spoils with Lightweight Show Hunter winner Carnsdale Capability Brown taking Reserve.