The Cuddy Working Hunter winner was Rebel Moon ridden by Tonya Wood. Dennis as he is fondly known as at home, is 11 years old and Tonya has had him since he was four. Having hunted with the Warwickshire Hunt for years, it took the keen eye of showing judge Louise Bell to encourage Tonya to try working hunter classes with Dennis. “Louise who I have hunted with for years really admired Dennis and suggested that I should do some Working Hunter classes with him. Being 60 years old and having hunted for the last 30 years and never stepped foot in a show ring, I didn’t quite know where to begin so I started having lessons with Louise. I’m now learning to ride ‘properly’ and after we did our first working hunter class last year and made it through to the championship we decided to keep on going. To think that I will now be competing at Horse of the Year Show is just incredible!” Tonya has been to HOYS before as a visitor but she is very much looking forward to coming this year as a competitor: “I’m really looking forward to it; it’s very exciting. I think what is lovely about working hunter classes is that you can just keep learning and keep progressing. Every day is a school day as they say, even at my age.” Speaking about her champion horse Dennis, Tonya explains: “He has quite a colorful character; when he was younger he used to jump me off but now he is a little older he is a little less exuberant! He is very bubbly and loves being around other horses. I think he is going to love it at HOYS.”
Winner of the National Pony Society/Snuggy Hoods 143cm Working Hunter Pony was Allandy Gold Spark, Andy as he is known as at home, ridden by 16 year old Madeline Plumb. The striking 15 year old Skewbald gelding who is owned by Alexandria Aungier really caught the eye of the judges as he navigated his way around the working hunter course built by Beau Woods and her team. “We are really lucky to have the ride of Andy this season, this is our second HOYS qualifier so we are really pleased to be taking him to HOYS.”
The ExcLOOsive Event Hire Working Hunter Pony Champion was 14 year old grey gelding, Randal, owned and ridden by Jessica Taylor.
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The Kathleen Wood 138cm Children’s Riding Pony winner was Charlotte Tuck aged 13 riding Rendene Secret Charm, known as Penny. The five year old dark bay mare out of Rendene Lucky Charm is owned by Rosemary Reynolds. Charlotte has only just set out to contest the HOYS qualifiers so was excited to have picked up the qualification at one of her first attempts. The pony was at HOYS last year with her previous owner and placed fourth. Charlotte has competed at HOYS from a very young age with a different pony every year so she always looks forward to the new challenges they each bring. “This is my lucky Show as I qualified a pony here last year and the year before,” explains Charlotte.
The Children’s Riding Pony Championship went to the winner of the Kathleen Wood 128cm Children’s Riding Pony class, Rotherwood Rainmaker ridden by 11 year old India Till. “It felt he was going well but it is always hard to tell how it is going to go. He has his own personality but is straightforward to ride. We’ve had an incredible season and we’re so lucky to have him. He’ll get a month long holiday after HOYS.” Rupert (as he is known at home) is kept with Katy Carter who produces him and India goes to ride him at least once a week.
Winner of The Price Family First Ridden Pony was Woodroyd Celebration ridden by nine year old Cerys Holly as usual rider Amelia Evans was on holiday. Gayle Holder and Cerys help to produce the pony who is owned by Amelia’s grandmother Jane Evans.
Gayle also produces the winner of The Price Family Lead Rein Pony, Barkway Little Star, who was ridden by Sophia Peters and led by Sophia’s mum, Alexa Peters who owns the pony. It is Sophia’s first season competing and the advice Gayle gave Alexa was to “Relax and pretend you are hacking down the road to the pub!”… it clearly worked.
The Mini Show Pony Champion went to Woodroyd Celebration.
In the Miniature Youngstock class, 10 year old Charlotte Trigg from Oakham triumphed with two year old Ridgegate Timmys Miss Muffit. Together in their first year contesting HOYS qualifiers, the two have had an impressive season, qualifying for RI and succeeding in the Miniature Youngstock category here at Stoneleigh Horse Show. The two went on to bag one of the elusive spots on offer for Horse of the Year Show by winning the overall Miniature Championship – it will be Charlotte’s first Horse of the Year Show. Her mum Nicola Trigg couldn’t be prouder: “She used to have a really naughty little riding pony and Charlotte lost her confidence, so a friend suggested we try miniatures and now she absolutely loves them!”
Leicestershire’s Emily Barnard and Ujenik Bantam Showers of Gold known as ‘Spud’ triumphed in the Miniature Stallion class. The pair have been together for 10 years with Spud having competed at HOYS the past nine years being placed 2nd, 3rd & 4th “always within touching distance.” The pair are once again chasing qualification and the chance to be crowned champions at HOYS 2018.
Emily commented: “Miniatures are so special because of how unique they are, with such amazing personalities. They may be small but they think they are over 17 hands. They definitely are not the easier option, but they are great!”
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