In Arena 4, The British Show Pony Society M&M Working Hunter Pony HOYS qualifiers got underway on Day 2 of Stoneleigh Horse Show, held at the NAEC Stoneleigh. The working hunter course was beautifully built and decorated by Beau Woods and her team and following the yesterday’s downpour, the going was good. The winner of the 143cm section was Dales pony Lowhouses Monarch ridden by renowned showing producer, Sarah Parker.
“I have only had him around six weeks – this is our third show together. He has not done a huge amount this year so it is great to have him back out there, doing it. He loved the course today; it was perfect for him with the distances so it rode really nice.”
Seasoned professionals Sarah Parker and Lowhouses Monarch have previously competed at the Horse of the Year Show – although not together. This year will once again see the two competing separately, whilst Lowhouses Monarch secured the highly coveted HOYS qualification spot, Sarah will already be competing in the class on a Connemara pony. Therefore it will be exciting to see who picks up the ride come Horse of the Year Show in October. “Today we secured our 19th ticket for Horse of the Year Show, so it is going to be very busy week but I’m looking forward to.”
M&M Working Hunter Pony Championship went to Corbally and Vikki Smith, whilst Carmilo Magician and Beatrice Shepherd took reserve.
Showing World Magazine Arena 5
In the Showing World Magazine Arena 5, the Cobs took over the proceedings with the Colosso Family Lightweight Cob HOYS qualifier which went to 10 year old gelding, Johnny Walker II ridden by Kirstine Douglas.
Onto the Colosso Family Heavyweight Cob section and it was Kincullen Moonstone who took the HOYS qualifier, ridden by Annette Hance. The stunning black Cob who is owned and produced by Annette had already picked up his HOYS ticket at New Forest Show. Annette explains: “We have had him for about a year; he is jointly owned between me and my mum and we do it as amateurs so to get picked over some top producers who are competing alongside us is a real honour. I get a lot of help from Jo Bates but he has had an incredible season always placing in the top three so I’m looking forward to HOYS.”
As the Maxi Cobs took to the arena for the Leeman Family Maxi Cob HOYS qualifier, it was the nine year old chestnut gelding Lord Alexander who impressed the judges, ridden by Stephen Norris. Speaking of his win, Stephen commented: “This is our third year showing him and we have been to HOYS every year; in 2016 we were placed second and in 2017 we were placed third. His owner Elizabeth [Bury] bought him from Heather Griffiths and I have produced him ever since. At home he is so placid and all the kids lead him around the yard in his head collar, he’s changed from when we had him.”
Impressing ride judge John Poole, Lord Alexander went on to win the Cob Championship. John spoke of his ride: “He was very light on his feet for a big horse and very balanced; he just carried you. He stood out from the moment he entered the ring with his grand walk and he really drew the eye.”
In Arena 6 it was the turn of the younger competitors with the M&M Junior Ridden classes. Taking the M&M Junior Ridden Large Breed section sponsored by Ponies Association UK, and also the overall Championship, was eight year old Welsh section D, Ringside Galliano. Being ridden by 16 year old Harriet Hunter who had only ridden the pony a handful of times, this was the young rider’s first time competing with Ringside Galliano, whose stable name is Roger, but usual rider and owner Laura Rowe was not far from her side. “We got our HOYS ticket in the open M&M classes at Great Yorkshire Show and then Harriet said she wanted to try the juniors with him so we thought ‘why not?’ and he has taken the ticket at their first attempt. I have owned and produced him since he was a yearling so I trust him completely. You could put anyone on him out hacking and know that they will come back in one piece; he is such a genuine pony.” With it being the first time for Harriet to be riding at HOYS this year she is really looking forward to her first HOYS under saddle.
In reserve for the championship, having won the M&M Junior Ridden Small Breed section sponsored by Ponies Association UK, was Welsh section B, Skellorn Miss Ellie, ridden by 13 year old Grace Litherland. The seven year old chestnut mare came to Harrison Taylor about 12 months ago and he broke and produced her himself. This is Grace’s second HOYS qualifier with the young mare after Harrison also qualified for the Royal International as well first time out this season. This sweet young mare is showing great prospects in the show ring.
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