All-Weather Arena 1
Starting the day with traditional style in the All-Weather Arena 1 was the Mears Flooring Ladies’ Side Saddle class. Jayne Ross came away with an early win riding Bloomfield Greystones.
Next in to be judged by Allan Robertson and Richard Mills were The Harrod & Coles Family Cob classes. Keeping her winning streak alive, Jayne Ross took the win in the Lightweight section riding Chantilly Sandman. Next in were the Heavyweights, where Kate Barber-Lomax and Master of The House put their best foot forward to win the class and go on to become Reserve Cob Champion.
Finally came the Leeman Family Maxi Cob section, where Lord Alexander, ridden by Stephen Norris, wowed the judges to take the win and overall Cob Champion of the day. Stephen was thrilled with how Lord Alexander had gone today and received glowing reviews from the ride judge. This is the combination’s fourth successive year as winners of this class at Stoneleigh, and so far in 2021 they have already won at Hickstead, Devon County, and Bath & West. They are looking forward to returning to compete at HOYS in October.
Not slowing down, Jayne Ross swiftly achieved further success in the Mears Flooring Small Hack class, going on to win the Hack Championship riding Whalton Reprise, whilst Shildon’s Plan B and Adam Forster from the same class took the Reserve Champion spot. The Culford Lodge Commodities Large Hack class was taken by a local Warwickshire-based competitor, Alice Homer, riding Ballinclare.
Onto the Topham Barnes Riding Horse classes, where Royal Illusion, ridden by Jordan Cook came out victorious in the Small Riding Horse section, continuing their success into the championship as they were named Riding Horse Champion. High Treason and Lisa Hall were hot on their heels having won the Large Riding Horse section to gain their HOYS qualification and contested them in the championship to come out as Reserve Champion.
Finally in All-Weather Arena 1 came the Show Hunter classes, judged by Joli Smith and Emma Robey. Starting with the Catplant Group of Companies Ltd. Lightweight Show Hunter class, Jayne Ross added to her growing list of winners riding Temple Ogue, before also taking Bloomfield Greystones’s second win of the day in the Middleweight section.
Ringwood The Specialist, ridden by William Morton, found victory in the Heavyweight section before going on to claim Reserve Hunter Champion.
Rounding the day off, in the Hamilton Tarmac Small Show Hunter class, Shanbally Legacy, stable name Lego, ridden by Claire Oliver, came out on top to gain his first HOYS qualification before taking the Hunter Championship title. After the class Claire said that he went fantastically, and the aim was always to get to HOYS where she can’t wait to compete him.
All-Weather Arena 2
The All-Weather Arena 2 started off with an enormous Working Hunter class. With 23 competitors, it was an impressive win for Silver Lough, ridden by William Pittendrigh, who travelled all the way down from Northumberland.
Next into the jumping ring were the National Pony Society/Mole Valley Farmers Working Hunter Pony classes. With only two clear rounds in the challenging Intermediate section, Olivia Minihane and Veuve Clicquot showed their skill, not only winning the class but going on to reign as Working Hunter Pony Champion. With only one point between first and second place in the 153cm section, Clooneen Donnacha, ridden by Ella Dalton, narrowly came out ahead. Fraggle had a successful ride by Harriet Thompson in the 143cm section to finish first and went on to become Reserve Champion. Finally, the smallest Working Hunter Ponies contested the 133cm section, where Beatrice Bailye-Hawkins and Precious Gem II took the win.
With the jumps cleared away it was on to the Simon Constable Equine Vets and Mr & Mrs Roberts Ridden Purebred Arab classes, where Aleeyah Matisse and Natasha Nelson took the first win in the Stallion section.
The Arab Gelding section found both the champion and the reserve, with Cbeebies, ridden by Jade Hateley, taking the win before going on to become Reserve Arab Champion. Second in the class was Rafeekah, HOYS champion back in 2019, ridden by Kimberley Bates, who put in a stunning performance in the championship to win. Rafeekah turns his hoof to all disciplines at home, including jumping and dressage, and Kimberley is looking forward to bringing him back to HOYS this year as he excels in the bigger atmosphere.
Rounding out the Arab classes was the Mare section, where TM Gwendolyn and Amanda Miller found victory.
The National Pony Society/Baileys Horse Feeds M&M Ridden classes were hosted in Arena 4 today, starting with the Dartmoor/Exmoor/Shetland section. With only two points between 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, Shilstone Rocks River Dart, ridden and owned by Chloe Chubb, narrowly took the first win of the day.
The Thistledown line proved popular in the Welsh Classes, with Thistledown Fun Fair, owned by Philippa Kirby, taking the win in the Ridden Welsh Section A class, whilst Thistledown Sherreef, ridden by Cate Kerr, won not only the Ridden Welsh Section B class, but also the Ridden Small Breed Championship.
Next to be judged by Jenny Crane and Pippa Balch were the Welsh Section D entries. Tireinon Defender, ridden by Lauren Baker, impressed in a large class of 18 to take the win. Finally, the Welsh Section C section closed out the Welsh classes, seeing Rebecca Penny and Zabeth Rhian come out on top.
In a very tightly contested class, Lochlands Maggie May, ridden and owned by Katherine Bowling-Hartenfeld, took the win with a one-point lead in the Highland section, whilst Wildhoeve Okidoki and Clare Fitch took a win in the Fell section, going on to take Reserve Champion in the M&M Ridden Large Breed Championship.
Sarah Parker and Tarbarl Luke At Me, stable name Fluffy, journeyed over from Shropshire to find success in the Dales section. This is his first HOYS qualification, and Sarah is hoping he will be as easy as he is at home, where he is happily lead to the field from the quad bike!
To a round of cheers from the crowd and tears from the rider, White Diamond, stable name Nemo, ridden and owned by Katie Goulding, took the win in the Connemara section, their third time qualifying for HOYS, before going on to take the M&M Ridden Large Breed Championship.
Closing out Arena 4 was the New Forest section, where Hilltop Ned, ridden by Ellena Thomas, were victorious.
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