On the final day of Stoneleigh Horse Show, the Mountain and Moorland ponies took to Arena 4 for the NPS/Baileys Horse Feeds M&M Ridden Large Breed HOYS qualifiers. Taking the Welsh section C HOYS ticket was the beautiful five year old black gelding, Thistledown Jack Sprat, owned and ridden by Sharn Linney. Having only started working with Jack under saddle in September last year, Sharn explains how she has been taking it slow with Jack: “We got him towards the end of last year and to begin with he was frightened of everything but now his is taking on the world! We have taken it steady this season as I didn’t want to rush him but once we started getting a few second placings I just thought I’d keep him going and see what happens. He is such a lovely sole. I think at HOYS I will just let him get used to the atmosphere and try our best; it’s all you can do.”
We are used to seeing Sharn exhibiting in the Colne M&M Lead Rein pony class at Horse of the Year Show, especially with last year’s Supreme Pony Thistledown Van Der Vaart, so it will be interesting to see how she gets on under saddle this year with Jack. “I’m sure the kids will be watching from the side,” Sharn laughs.
CHAMPION: Tarbarl Hogmanay
RESERVE: Dougal Of Dykes
Showing World Magazine Arena 5
In the Showing World Magazine Arena 5 it was the turn of the Coloured Ridden HOYS qualifiers. Heading up the line-up in the Coloured Ridden Non-Native Pony sponsored by CHAPS UK was Champlers Allsorts ridden by Hannah Horton. Having won this class here at Stoneleigh last year, going champion and then winning the title at HOYS, this show is proving to be a lucky one for the striking homebred mare known as Poppy. The pair from Newbury have a unique partnership, with Hannah having backed and produced the eight year old mare right from the beginning: “Having done it all myself we have a really special bond and she is quite special,” explains Hannah.
Speaking to owner and breeder, Rosemary Obbard, she explained about the mare’s unique marking; “When she was younger her dark patches used to be much darker and then as she’s got older she has just got lighter and lighter. Her mum, Champlers Winters Tale, was a grey mare.”
The pair will return to HOYS this year to defend their title, Hannah adds: “The thing that I am most looking forward to is the occasion of competing at HOYS; the bigger the occasion the better she gets. She really loves it.”
CHAMPION: The Real Deal II
Arena 6 saw the youngest of our competitors come forward to contest the Colne M&M Lead Rein HOYS qualifier. Taking the win with 17 year old grey Welsh section A, was Darcey Victor. Second place went to Springwater Saddlers Wells, a six year old Dartmoor gelding.
Into the Brineton/Kare Plus M&M First Ridden HOYS qualifier, there were 23 entries who came forward. Judges Mrs Rachel Bown and Mrs Janet James chose Friarly Guardsman as their winner ridden by 12 year old Lisa Smart. The Welsh section A grey gelding, known as Taffy at home, is nine year old and is owned by Lisa’s auntie, Anwen Griffiths. Speaking of the pony’s win, Anwen explained: “They competed at HOYS in 2014 in the lead rein and since then they had a bit of a break from showing and did some dressage. This has been her first HOYS qualifier this season so we are so pleased to be heading back to HOYS! We do it all ourselves so it really means a lot.”
The family who travelled over five hours all the way from West Wales was even more trilled when the pony was selected as the overall Mini Pony Champion.
CHAMPION: Friarly Guardsman
RESERVE: Hackamore Poetic Justice
India Latter and 16 year old Heniarth Quinnell, known as Nelly, were victorious in the highly competitive NPS/Baileys Horse Feeds M&M Ridden Welsh section A HOYS qualifier today. The pairing from South West Wales secured the vital golden ticket which will see them return to HOYS together after last competing at HOYS in 2008 where they finished third.
Christine Latter commented: “India has had a checkered history with this pony; she started him and took him to Horse of the Year Show in 2008. We had him on loan at the time and he was sold that year.”
In the time he was away, Nelly did various things including going out to Germany to sire ponies over there, he also went on to qualify and compete at HOYS again in that period. “He has sired four HOYS winners and this year not only do we have him qualified to compete there but we also have qualified his son Powys Sprite as well.”
CHAMPION: Heniarth Quinnell
RESERVE: Skellorn Miss Ellie
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