Day 2 at Stoneleigh Horse Show got off to a fantastic start with the Cuddy Working Hunter HOYS qualifier in Arena 4. With very few clear rounds over the challenging course built by Beau Woods, it was 10 year old chestnut gelding, Chagall Expo who was pulled forward as the winner, ridden by Victoria Mitson from Silverstone in Northamptonshire. Speaking to Victoria after her win, she commented: “It was only our second HOYS qualifier as he is a novice horse so I’m so pleased to have won. I have already qualified my other Working Hunter for HOYS, Royal Gent, so it will be great to have them both there this year.” Chagall Expo, who is known as Alfie at home, looked very pleased with himself and Victoria continued: “He is very placid and has a bold jump so I know I can just ask him to keep on going. We do a bit of everything at home; hacking, showjumping…..and he loves it all.”
Over in the Showing World Magazine Arena 5 for the Ladies’ Side Saddle HOYS qualifier and it was the beautiful Irish Draught gelding, Jovian, who took first place. Ridden and produced by Lynn Russell the pair put on an elegant display in just their third ever side saddle class. Jovian is owned by Baileys Horse Feeds and lives on Lynn’s yard in Surrey. “I bought him from Ireland unbroken and he is now six years old. He is a purebred Irish Draught by Start Kingdom. He is very trainable and a lovely ride and we have had some great wins so far this year,” commented Lynn. Whilst the Forger came in second ridden by Imelda O’Shaughnessy, it was Gallifrey, another one of Lynn’s horses, who completed the top three.
In Arena 6, the Underwood Family Intermediate Show Hunter, the 158cm Intermediate Show Riding Type and the 153cm Intermediate Show Riding Type all fed into the Showing World Intermediate Championship. Winning the 153cm Intermediate Show Riding Type and going Champion was DPUK Night Dancer, or Bubbles as she is known at home, who was ridden today by Myles Cooper. Now owned by Newcastle based Amy Miller who purchased the mare from Martin Wood, the eight year old will be no stranger to HOYS having previously qualified for the Hack Championship. Speaking to proud new owner Amy, she commented: “We’ve only had her a couple of weeks and it is the first time Myles has ridden her since she was a four year old. I’m going to take the ride on her at HOYS and I am also going to try and qualify her in the Hacks at the BSPS Championships.”
Today was the day of the British Show Pony Society (BSPS) Mountain & Moorland Working Hunter Pony classes. The winner of the 133cm Working Hunter Pony class and going Champion was Tynwydd Good Friday ridden by Georgia Darlington. Before Georgia ran off to compete in the M&M Junior Ridden Championships sponsored by Ponies Association (UK) with another ride, her mother explained: “We have had ‘Smartie’ for a couple of years now but we have recently sold her to Ruby Drummond who is just 11 years old. As Ruby and her family are on holiday this week we said that we would bring the mare to do the qualifier so we were delighted to have qualified again. Georgia won the Mountain & Moorland Working Hunter Pony title at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) in 2015 but Ruby will take the ride there this year.”
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