On the final day of Stoneleigh Horse Show, the Mountain and Moorland ponies took to Arena 4 for the National Pony Society/Baileys Horse Feeds M&M Ridden Large Breed HOYS qualifiers. Taking the opening class of the day was Nicki Glenn’s 12 year old Section D stallion, Larnleighs Dictator who has a new rider this year in the form of Lucinda Stockley. The pair are no strangers to Horse of the Year as Lucinda won the Fell final last year with her previous ride Murthwaite Oliver, whilst Larnleighs Dictator will be making his fifth trip to HOYS. “It was an incredibly strong class and with the requirement of a freestyle show it’s always that bit more difficult. After being consistently placed all year I’m thrilled to heading back to HOYS” commented Lucinda.
It was the homebred Welsh Section C Settvalley The Gladiator who took the ticket in the second class of the day. Having previously been to Horse of the Year Show twice before, this will be a third trip for the pair and with three second’s already this year they are hoping to make it third year lucky. Speaking after her win, Hannah said “He’s such a versatile pony who has just missed out so far this year; we are so pleased with him.”
Following on from two strong sections, it was the turn of one of the most successful highlands of the year to take their qualification ticket and overall National Pony Society/Baileys Horse Feeds M&M Large Breed Championship. Ellister Islay Spruce, owned by Julie Barton has already qualified for the prestigious Cuddy In Hand Championship at HOYS and has now added the ridden ticket to his tally. “I’m so relieved. It’s the eighth time he’s been pulled in top but the ticket had eluded him until today. He’ll do both the in hand and ridden final at HOYS before heading to Olympia where he has already won a direct qualifier” commented rider Rebecca Penny following her win.
The return journey to North Yorkshire was made to feel considerably shorter for Lauren Haddlesey and Severnvale George who headed a strong line up of Fells in the fourth class of the day. The home produced combination have only been together since May after Lauren purchased the pony from Sarah Parker. Making the decision to get back in the ring after two years out due to the birth of her daughter, a tearful Lauren could not have been more surprised. “This is a dream come true. I only came for a day out with my other half as we don’t get chance to take a day off without our daughter very often. He is the nicest pony, my 2 year old daughter washes him off and feeds him so this is incredibly special.”
Concluding the day and the final section of the large breed qualifiers was the New Forest division and with 19 entered it was a strong field to contend with. It was Mountain and Moorland specialist Samantha Roberts who posted the win with Ashley Rancher. The 8 year old chestnut by Willoway Dancing Gold is a previous Olympia contender and also competes in dressage.
Showing World Magazine Arena 5
In the Showing World Magazine Arena 5 it was the turn of the CHAPS UK Coloured Ridden HOYS qualifiers. Commencing the day was the Native/Cob/Traditional Horse qualifier that was headed by the Sara Parrot produced striking mare, Starlight. Owned by Flick Haigh who is better known in the world of motorsport as one of the leading female endurance drivers in the UK, the mare has now been with Sara for three seasons and picked up her qualification ticket earlier in the year at North of England. Passing down the line it was a golden ticket day for Randalstown Razzmatazz and Mackenzie Preston who finished in second.
With all but one entered forward for the Coloured Ridden Non-Native Horse sponsored by CHAPS UK/Harrison Civil Engineering qualifier it was a win and section championship for the 2017 HOYS Champion Doorleys Prince. Now under the new ownership of Dawn Eggleton and ridden by Sally Carpenter, the skewbald gelding who is by Flash out of Doorleys Pride was originally purchased from Ireland as a youngster before being successfully shown in hand as a three and four year old.
Moving onto the Coloured Ridden Non-Native Pony/Sankey Properties Maintenance qualifier Jo Jack riding May Day triumphed both in the class and as section reserve for owner Peter Jones. Jo who is no stranger to the show ring having previously worked for the Jerram yard for a number of years, was thrilled with her ride “he gave me an amazing ride today, I couldn’t have asked for more.”
As the clouds opened, CHAPS Graded Stallion Billy King of the North headed the Coloured Ridden Native/Cob/Traditional Pony Sponsored by CHAPS UK/NL Logistics Native class for owner Beverley Walsh and rider Megan Hewitt. No stranger to the top spot both in hand and ridden, the pony has previously taken wins at Cheshire County and the CHAPS (UK) Championships.
Unfortunately the rain continued to fall as the Rotherwood Stud Intermediate Show Hunter qualifier took place but the weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of Katie White and Gone with the Wind who was substituting for regular jockey Olivia Bowen. Having won the Royal International as an intermediate last year, the 9 year old has been with owner Rosie Try for the past five seasons and also went on to take the Intermediate Championship today in Showing World Magazine Arena 5.
With 22 entries, it was the ride of Pembrokeshire based William Baker and Runnon Wurzel who topped a competitive line up in the Baker – Beall Family 158cm Intermediate Show Riding Type Qualifier just ahead of second placed Dowhills Final Fling and Lara Berrie. William also went on to take the section reserve behind Katie White and Gone with the Wind.
The final class of the day, The Baker – Beall Family 153cm Intermediate Show Riding Type Qualifier was won by Dowhills Sophistication and Hannah Horton for owner Samantha De La Hey.
Arena 6 saw the youngest of our competitors come forward to commence the day and contest the Colne M&M Lead Rein HOYS qualifier. Taking the win for the Burchell – Small Show Team was the Rowfantina bred, Rowfantina Royal Occasion. Ridden by 6 year old Jessie Barleycorn, the eye catching Welsh Section A provides Jessie with her return visit to HOYS after finishing fourth last year on a different Rowfantina bred pony and also went on to be Mini Champion here today. Bred by Mandy Burchell – Small, the Idyllic Entrepreneur sired grey has previously been to HOYS on three separate occasions.
After a season of near misses it was a popular win for Harriet Glenn riding Zara Neachell’s Glebedale Jumble in the M&M First Ridden qualifier. Produce by Jill Rushton, Harriet has been riding the pony for the 2019 season on behalf of Zara’s young daughter “it’s great to be part of Team Rushton, it’s so much fun” said a delighted Harriet.
Kyleburn Mikado and Victoria Casey triumphed in the highly competitive National Pony Society/Baileys Horse Feeds M&M Ridden Dartmoor HOYS qualifier today. Having owned the pony since a 4 year old, he first visited the NEC in 2017 before having a season out to mature and has been lightly shown since.
Sarah Parker claimed her second ticket of the weekend abroad the 6 year old Amilas Clicquot in the National Pony Society/Baileys Horse Feeds M&M Welsh Section A qualifier. Bought as an unbroken 3 year old, he went to HOYS last year in his first season and will return with Lauren Brill again this year. With a consistent run on the county show circuit, owner Lauren said “he’s been knocking on the door and just needed his lucky show. Due to riding in the Connemara class that was on at the same time I didn’t get to pilot him today but I’m thrilled with the result.”
The section Champion came from the Section B division and was won by Cadlanvalley Bentley for Yorkshire based owner/rider Nicole Wayman. A regular Horse of the Year Show contender, the striking palomino finished ahead of the reserve champion and the second placed section B Birkinbrook Juliet for Sonia Cooper.
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