Posted: 12th August 2019 | Back to news feed

Arena 4

There were just 6 clears from 23 starters in the opening Cuddy Working Hunter class on day one of the Stoneleigh Horse Show. Finishing 5 marks clear of second placed Chloe Smith and her Warwickshire based ride Banzi Dalarusi, was last year’s winner Tonya Wood riding her own Rebel Moon. Based in Warwickshire with trainer Louise Bell, Tonya has owned the 12 year old horse since a 4 year old.  Avid followers of the Warwickshire Hunt, Rebel Moon started his career in the hunting field and the combination have never looked back. Having competed at Horse of the Year Show last year for the first time, Tonya is looking forward to returning to the NEC in October although not before enjoying the thrill of qualifying for the second year in a row.

Clears were few and far between in the National Pony Society/Snuggy Hoods Working Hunter Pony classes. Set by Beau Wood, the course provided an ideal combination of style and scope worthy of Horse of the Year Show qualification.  It was the 133cm section that fielded the ExcLOOSive Event Hire Working Hunter Pony Champion in the form of 12 year old Barney IX and Banbury based Gemma Watts. The delightful pocket size grey has been experiencing an extremely successful season, collecting their ticket for Horse of the Year Show at South of England, the duo were delighted to take the championship on home turf with mother Christine working on site at Stoneleigh Park.

Second place in the 133cm section went to a delighted Ruby Thompson on Golygfar Neo.  Still a novice and in his first year, the little chestnut pony produced a clear round far beyond his experience to take the qualifying spot.

With six clears in the 143cm section it was the turn of Mollie May Jeffery and the eye catching dapple grey, Woodfield Jovial Joker to take the win. On joint marks with the winner, second place went to Carnsdale Beach Boy and Lucy Sayer.

Reserve champion and taking the National Pony Society/Snuggy Hoods 153cm Working Hunter Pony HOYS qualifying ticket was Kiltarton Moonlight and Millie Simpson.  Trained by Rachel Turner, the combination has come close to the ticket on a number of occasions this year so were thrilled to take the win. “I have never been to HOYS to watch or compete, so it will be amazing to finally go this year.”

The sole clear in the Intermediate section came from Olivia Hammond and her striking chestnut, Noble Sir Lancelot.  Making the journey from Cheshire, the partnership of just over a year are in their first season of open competition and have been knocking on the door all season ahead of today.

Showing World Magazine Arena 5

The opening class of the day in Showing World Arena 5 was The British Show Pony Society 128cm Children’s Riding Pony HOYS qualifier.  Claiming the win and section championship alongside her Horse of the Year Show ticket was Essex based Livie Smith riding her mother’s Kouros Mayfia. Second in this section went to the Christina Gillett produced, Ravara Jeremy Fisher ridden today by Scarlett Doswell.

A strong class of twenty 138cm riding ponies came forward for the second class of the day.  Taking the top spot was Erin Macgregor riding Rendene Secret Charm, known as Penny. The six year old dark bay mare out of Rendene Lucky Charm is owned by Fraser Macgregor. Second in this class went to Colbeach Distinction and Kara Arnold.

The final section of The British Show Pony Society Children’s Riding Pony classes went to the experienced Litton Enterprise and Vienna Amelia Hounsham.  Also taking the reserve championship, Litton Enterprise is no stranger to Horse of the Year Show having previously being crowned the 2016 Supreme Pony of the Year with previous rider Phoebe Price.

It was the turn of the Binks Family 122cm Show Hunter Pony qualifier next into the Showing World Arena 5 and it was a popular win for Imogen Roberts riding Griashall Signet.

The 133cms section was headed by Grace Vaughan and Llanarth Alis who was only broken last year and is in their first year of competition.  Produced by Julie Templeton, the striking grey pony is still a novice and will be making their first trip to the NEC in Birmingham.  Making the journey from Wales for the qualifier today, Grace said it was “amazing” to be taking the pony to HOYS.

The 143cms section was won by the Irish bred 5 year old, Bloomfield Pocket Money and Gigi Gough.  The Team Holder produced pony has been experiencing a successful season with championships already at Three Counties and Suffolk County this year. Bloomfield Pocket Money also went on to take the section championship. Second in this class and taking the reserve championship spot was Wycroft Beethoven and Phoebe Thomas.

It was a one, two, three for the Carnsdale ponies in the final show hunter qualifier of the day.  Heading the 153cms section was the striking grey Carnsdale Pure Genius and Georgie Dowler. A winner at the British Show Pony Society Summer Championships last year they finished ahead of second placed Carnsdale Harrison and Jodie Caig.

Arena 6

It was a win in the sunshine on day one of the show for Daisy May Allen riding her mother’s Toya Mission Accomplished in The Price Family First Ridden.  Picking up her Horse of the Year Show ticket was a delighted Daisy May who pulled out a foot perfect show to head the first class of the morning  and also stand reserve mini champion.

Topping a large line up of Price Family Lead Rein ponies and qualifying for Horse of the Year Show was Scarlett Eleanor riding Craig Elenor’s Parkhill Class Act. Standing second was the consistent pairing Lily Richardson and her mother’s 10 year old Hollybush Enchantment.  Produced by Sharn Linney, this was the pairing’s seventh second in a row however they did go one better in the championship to take the tricolor.  “She has been such a consistent pony for us. She’s had a run of seconds and was third at Great Yorkshire but it’s Lily’s first year on her this year so we are incredibly pleased with them both.”

Standing top of a strong line up in the Bryony Gibbons of Vale Farms Ltd Lead Rein Pony of Hunter Type was the ever consistent Little Briars Horatio, owned by Anna White, produced by Julie Templeton and ridden today by Daisy Neachell. Speaking after their win, Julie commented how “the team have produced this pony for various owners for the past five years and he’s a true yard favourite.  As a true mini middleweight, there is very little he hasn’t won and can be relied upon to look after his little jockeys.”

The new combination of Annandale Augustus and Jessica Summers came forward into second spot.  United just 6 days ago after returning back to producer Sharn Linney’s yard, Jessica’s mother Helen could not be more pleased. Sharn explained “he’s been a fun pony back at home for his owners since HOYS last year and at only 10 years old he wanted a job to do; the whole team is so pleased to have him back.”

Moving down the heights as the day progressed, the Miniature Horse Championship was won by last year’s Stallion class winner Ujenik Bantam Showers of Gold and Emily Barnard.  The stallion is no stranger to Horse of the Year Show having previously made 10 appearances at the final. Speaking after the championship win “It has been a long road to HOYS this year after the format change last year to taking only the champions, he’s taken a number of reserves so it’s great to now have it done.”

The reserve in the Miniature section came from the youngstock division and went to complete novice Model Farm UK Midnight Meadow and Somerset based Harriet Miller.  This was the first ever show for the 2yr old who was owned and bred by Lisa Taylor.  A delighted Harriet was “thrilled with the way the mare had gone for her today, she has been a complete dream to show.”  The youngster will now contest a few remaining Horse of the Year Show qualifiers.

The final qualifier of the day in Arena 6 was the Roseberry Stud Ridden Partbred Pony Horse of the Year Show qualifier.  Heading a mammoth class was Christopher Morgan’s Romanno Hot Spot, ahead of the Edward Young produced Rotherwood Another Peep for Charlie Mitchell.

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