13th August 2016
Polly Coles Arena
Cuddy Working Hunter with Two HOYS Tickets on Offer
It was an early start for competitors at Stoneleigh Horse Show on Saturday with the Cuddy opening the day’s proceedings at 7am in the Polly Coles arena. It was a well supported class but only seven combinations went clear and were in line for a chance of one of two tickets available to Horse of the Year Show. Taking first place was Louise Bell riding Clifford Percy’s eye catching bay gelding, Catch the Beaver. “It was just his 3rd workers and he jumped great and went really well for the judge” said Louise who was taking a break from her new sport of Dressage. It was ride judge Richard Mills who moved the duo from third in the original pull up to first place.
In second, subject to verification, taking the second HOYS ticket on offer was 11 year old Chestnut Gelding Lux O Neill. Lux is owned and usually ridden by Nicky Turriff, however, she recently sustained a hand injury and was unable to ride but the day was saved by Irishman Rory Gilsenan. Rory, who has only partnered Lux on three occasions rode the gelding clear over the worker track and into second place. Bred in Ireland, Lux is described by owner Nicky as “a dream horse who loves his jumping and hunts in the winter with the Fourborough at home in Cornwall”.
The British Show Pony Society Mountain & Moorland Working Hunter Pony Classes was well supported throughout the day; the 143cm in particular had over 40 entries. The Championship was awarded to the 122cm Class winner, Ruby Ward riding Kyregate Peter Pan with reserve going to Aigas of Achnacarry winner of the 133cm Class ridden by Laura Marshall, owned by Kelly Capstick.