It was a lovely sunny start to the third and final day of competition at Stoneleigh Horse Show today, held on the beautiful grounds of the NAEC Stoneleigh in Warwickshire. The Mountain & Moorland ponies were out in force to contest the NPS/Baileys Horse Feeds M&M HOYS qualifiers, as well as the Colne M&M Lead Rein and the Brineton/Kare Plus M&M First Ridden HOYS qualifiers.
Opening the day in Arena 4 was the Welsh Section D class which was won by Menai Cosmopolitan ridden by Richard Jones. The pair later went on to win the NPS/Baileys Horse Feeds M&M Large Breed Championship. The homebred 12 year old who stands at 16hh was apparently “never meant to grow that big” according to Richard’s dad Peter, owner of the Menai Stud. “We had him gelded as a yearling and he just kept growing,” Peter joked. Richard juggles his riding in Ceredigion with university in Liverpool and this was their last chance to pick up the HOYS qualifier as he now has exams over the remaining HOYS qualifying shows. Richard’s brother Thomas Jones picked up his HOYS qualifier too at Royal Welsh with Menai Cosmopolitan’s brother, Menai Caidi Llwyd, so it will be brothers verses brothers in the final at HOYS.
Showing Arena 6 saw the M&M Mini Championship which went to the Colne M&M Lead Rein winner, Rowfantina Royal Occasion ridden by Jessie Barleycorn. The beautiful Welsh Section A grey gelding, known as Rory at home, is produced by Ollie and Jo Burchell and new rider Jessie started riding him in May. Speaking to Ollie, he explained: “Rory has had a great season; we were placed 4th at the Royal International and won our HOYS qualifier at the NPS last week. He was 5th last year at HOYS, but now he has a new rider, Jessie will be riding him at HOYS this year and it will be her first time.” Showcasing his fantastic versatility, Rory is off Pony Club jumping tomorrow and enjoys being the ‘kids play pony’ at home when he is not in the ring. Coming in reserve was the winner of the Brineton/Kare Plus M&M First Ridden, Glebedale Jumble ridden by Annabel Drake.
Moving on to the M&M Small Breeds in Arena 6 and there was a fantastic turn out. The winner of the NPS/Baileys Horse Feeds M&M Ridden Welsh Section A was Uphill Fredie Fox, ridden by Tanya Shields. Known as ‘Foxy Chops’ at home, the six year old grey gelding is home produced by Georgia Aungier at home in Surrey. Speaking to Georgia, she commented: “We have had a quiet season with him this year and this is only his second HOYS qualifier this year. At home he is so laid back and regularly gets ridden bareback by the kids, he is a great children’s pony. He has also picked up the Junior M&M HOYS ticket so we are going to have a busy week at HOYS.”
Winning the NPS/Baileys Horse Feeds M&M Ridden Dartmoor class, and going on to win the M&M Ridden Small Breed Championship, was Pumphill Fandango ridden by owner and producer Zara Johnstone-Evans. “I’ve had him for three years and this will be our third HOYS. He qualified this morning in the lead rein with my son Toby as well. He is such a laid back pony and has a lovely temperament; he won’t be going anywhere any time soon,” explained Zara.
In the Showing World Arena 5, the Coloured Ridden classes saw a respectable turn out supported by Coloured Horse and Pony Society, CHAPS (UK). Taking the Coloured Ridden Championship was seven year old mare Champlers Allsort ridden by Hannah Horton who had earlier won the Coloured Ridden Non-Native Pony class kindly sponsored by CHAPS (UK). Based in Newbury, the Skewbald mare was homebred by Rosemary Obbard and has been produced by Hannah ever since she was broken in. “Only one other person has ever ridden her,” explained Rosemary. “Hannah broke her in and has done everything with her.” Speaking to conformation judge of the Championship, Mr Kevan Baskeyfield, he commented: “Both myself and the ride judge were in firm agreement. The mare had lovely movement, outstanding paces and produced an elegant appearance.”
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