All-Weather Arena 1
Heading up a popular class in the Leeman Family Maxi Cob Championship was Caroline Mackness’ Country Seat, who went on to take the overall Cob Championship. Reserve Champion went to the Heavyweight Cob, grey gelding Randalstown Cromwell, owned by Debbie Harrod and ridden by Polly Coles. Taking the Lightweight qualifying spot and the first win of the day was the striking grey cob Copenhagen for Simon Reynolds and the team.
From Cobs to Hunters, we started the Catplant Group of Companies Show Hunter with the Lightweight section where Oliver Hood kicked off with a win aboard Timpany Imperial. Leading the Middleweight class was HM The Queen’s horse, Kluane, gifted to HM the Queen by the Canadian Mounties. Patrics Choice was the choice of judges’ Adrienne Smyth and Richard Mills as the big chestnut Heavyweight Hunter took the HOYS ticket for Robert Walker and owner Jill Day. The Small Show Hunter golden ticket went to Cuddington Royale, owned by Pauline Binks and ridden by Danielle Heath.
The Ladies Side Saddle title went to Seabourne Silent Valley, owned and ridden by Francoise Babington.
Finishing the day in All-Weather Arena 1 was the Simon Constable Equine Vets and Mr & Mrs Roberts Arab classes, Aleeyah Matisse headed up the stallion class, MG Vaquero the geldings and Portia in the mares. It was the gelding that took the Championship and in turn the qualification for Horse of the Year Show 2021 for owner Simon Constable and rider Adam Forster. Adam has been riding the chestnut gelding for the last 12 months and he is giving him a lovely ride, owner Simon commented “he is really pleased, and the horse has come on leaps and bounds”.
All-Weather Arena 2
Opening the working hunter arena today, was the Thor Atkinson Fabrications Ltd. Exc 143cm Working Hunter Pony where the winning clear round was in good company, with 7 clear in total. Dycott Welsh King took home the prize by 3 points for rider Ross Keys, with the combination going on to claim the Reserve Champion title later in the day.
With a strong class into the ring next, the Thor Atkinson M&M 143 cm Working Hunter Pony saw a total of 10 combinations go clear. It was Laura Avery aboard 19 year old Willoway Free Spirit that took the honours and the Champion M&M Working Hunter Pony title today, Laura commented “he looks wonderful and feels wonderful”, they are “over the moon” to have booked their place at Horse of the Year Show 2021 – which will make this year the 12th appearance for Willoway Free Spirit.
Up next on the All-Weather Arena came the Thor Atkinson M&M 133 cm Working Hunter Pony, where riders took on the course built by Beau Wood, taking mark precedence into account victorious today was Elizabeth Cantons’ Jan Pete Mr Cool.
Bringing a close to the working hunter classes at Stoneleigh Horse Show this May, the Thor Atkinson M&M 122cm Working Hunter Pony class was next into the arena. First in, Paula Smith’s Littledean Morning Light made it a worthwhile trip for Ayrshire based Emma Byrne.
All-Weather Arena 3
Kicking-off day two of Stoneleigh Horse Show this May in the All-Weather Arena 3 was the M&M Junior Small Breeds sponsored by UK Ponies & Horse Limited. Taking the top spot was the striking palomino gelding Cadlanvalley V.I.P ridden by Olivia Brightmore. Next in was a strong class forward of large breeds, where Serena Crump’s New Forest gelding Simone’s Firecracker, Cracker as he is known at home, took the class win and the Championship title with Anna Crump on board. The second placed in the large breeds was the Highland pony, and 2019 HOYS Junior M&M Reserve Champion, Austin of Miltonglen who went on to take the Reserve Champion spot.
From some of the smallest in the Small Breed M&M Junior class we moved onto some of the largest with the British Ridden Heavy Horse of the Year qualifier, where we saw a fabulous ridden display of these heavy breeds. Coming out on top was Isla Miller and Brian Bessit’s Stobilee Zac (Zacharias), having made the long trip from John O’Groats to compete Isla commented that she is over the moon to be here, having not been out competing for over 18 months, Isla went on to say “Zacharias has given me my dream of riding at HOYS.”
Next into the arena we welcomed the British Show Pony Society Children’s Riding Pony classes, starting with the 148cm qualifier. Taking the first HOYS qualification place of the season was Stretcholt About Time. Next in was the 138cm class, where Whiteleaze Debutante took the victory for Florence Duncalf, the pair went on to claim the Champion title today having only recently starting their campaign in open classes together.
The Reserve Champion came from the final riding pony class, where the 128cm section was headed up by five year old Broadgrove Family Silver with Millie Gilbert on board. Competing in what is her first open class; Broadgrove Family Silver comes from a line of previous Horse of the Year Show Champions.
Following on from the Children’s Riding Pony classes, next up it was the turn of the Roseberry Stud Partbred class with the winning ride for Ellie Ellingworth aboard the 6 year old mare Wytchwood Fly By Nite.
The Binks Family Show Hunter Pony classes saw winners from About Time Curtis, Morning Sunflower, Warleigh Fantastic Light and Greendown Rene. Both the Champion and Reserve Champion came from the 153cm section, with Show Hunter Pony Champion went to About Time Curtis ridden by Kaitlyn Fairhurst, having been riding since she was three years old, she has only recently started campaigning for the Horse of the Year Show qualification and today achieved just that for the first time. There were many happy tears!
The Price Family Lead Rein Pony was the first class into Arena 5, Emma O’Briens’ Sandboro Sugar Tot stood at the top of the line with 7 year-old Emelia on board. Emelia has been competing for three years, and is really excited to have claimed her HOYS tickets and to be able to come back to the show this time as a competitor. Into the arena next was the First Ridden Pony class, taking the win and the HOYS ticket was Brookwater Tomthumb, aka Sammy as he is known at home ridden by Hattie Mustoe. Coming forward into the Championship the Lead Rein pony (Sandboro Sugar Tot) stood top, and the First Ridden (Brookwater Tomthumb) took the reserve spot.
Annandale Line of Fire was the next winner in Arena 5 with 7 year old jockey Henry Levett in the Gribbin Family Lead Rein Pony of Hunter Type; the team has had a successful weekend with a good result at Bath & West. Henry is looking forward to competing at Horse of the Year Show and commented that his aim is to be placed higher than big brother George!
The Feed Shed M&M First Ridden Pony Class was up next with a strong number forward in front of judge Sue Hughes, winning the class and taking the Championship was Lotuspoint Cassius and Lily Ahern-Lee. Having claimed their first Horse of the Year Show 2021 ticket earlier in the week at the Festival of Showing, in the Coloured Native/Cob/Traditional Pony, this week has been very successful for the Skewbald Gelding. Reserve Champion title also came from the First Ridden class going to Thistledown San-Siro, ridden by William Leeming.
The final class of the day was the Colne M&M Lead Rein Pony qualifier which saw Victoria Abba, one of the smallest and youngest jockeys of the day at only 3 years old aboard Langfield Lord Asriel.
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