Friday 12th August
Day 1 : Stoneleigh Horse Show
The Kathleen Wood Children’s Riding Pony Series
Zara Brookes took two classes in the Kathleen Wood Children’s Riding Pony Series and went on to take the Championship with her beautiful grey pony, Milton Pageboy. Zara won both the Kathleen Wood 128cm Children’s Riding Pony and the Kathleen Wood 138cm Children’s Riding Pony classes where she rode Chanlee Delightful Dan with Phoebe Rocks on Greenbarrow Mr D’arcy winning the 148cm class.
Commenting on their well rewarded trip to Stoneleigh Horse Show, the Brookes family added it was ‘one of their favourite shows’ and praised the Kathleen Wood sponsored Children’s Riding Pony Classes for providing riding classes aimed at children such as daughter Zoe progressing up through the grades.
Equissage Pulse Ridden Partbred Pony
The well supported Equissage Pulse Ridden Partbred Pony Class in the Showing World arena was one of the strongest turnouts of the day with 23 coming forward. A class gaining in popularity, today’s line up was a very competitive one. It was India Till riding her father’s Rotherwood Rainmaker, or Rupert, was awarded a well deserved first place. India and Rupert, have been a partnership for over a year and it is her big dream to win at HOYS. Kinvara Garner Worthenbury in Wrexham came in second on her pony, Alondy Dauphin.
Sankey Family Ring
The Price Family First Ridden & Lead Rein Pony
The first classes of the day got under way in the Sankey Family Arena early with the Price Family First Ridden Class attracting 13 young riders coming forward. The red ribbons went to Staffordshire rider Olivia Bennett on her pony Anndalyse Sugar Plum. Having qualified already, the HOYS ticket was awarded, subject to verification, to second placed Chloe Heathcote on her pony Barkway Moonfairy, or Moony as he is admirably referred to by his 9 year old rider. Chloe has competed at HOYS in several lead rein classes in the past and is now in her first season of First Ridden. She is very much looking forward to her annual October trip to HOYS.
Robert Walker qualified at Stoneleigh Horse Show last year with the 2015 Heavyweight Show Hunter of the Year Champion, Rockefeller. Today it was his three year old daughter Izzy’s turn to be in the ribbons, qualifying in the Price Family Lead-rein class on David Jinks’ Swanlow Lucky May. Izzy had already qualified at Derby Festival on her pony Barkway Magic Moments but sadly for all the family and team at home, the pony passed away suddenly. But all was restored today with smiles all round from young Izzy, her proud parents and brother Sam who is also HOYS bound. Robert remarked and reminisced about the great days of The Royal Show when commenting about this year’s Stoneleigh Horse Show. Robert was impressed with the ground, the ring layout and general atmosphere as well as having the time to watch and enjoy Izzy’s class.
Underwood Working Hunter Pony Series
Four HOYS tickets and an inviting course of fences delighted the Polly Coles arena this morning, drawing a large number forward for the Underwood Working Hunter Pony Classes at Stoneleigh Horse Show 2016.
The Underwood 133cm class was won by Kitty Dewson on Millcroft Dow Jones but the pair had already bagged their HOYS ticket when winning at NPS Area 7, so today’s ticket, subject to verification, went to Zanthe De Wesselow riding the experienced Beat The Boss, crowned Supreme Pony at Hickstead last year. Zanthe who is a member of Tynedale Pony Club, had a 05.20am start this morning but having gained her ticket, thought it was well worth the early rise.
The winner of the Underwood Working Hunter 143cm’s was Georgia Price on her coloured pony, Optimist II. with only four going clear. Georgia has partnered Neyl for two years and also qualified for Royal International last month. George was extremely pleased with the way her 15 year old pony jumped round the well thought out track.
The Underwood 153cm class was won by Daniella Johnston on the handsome Ballyshiel Mr Monaghan. Known at home as Murphy, he was one of just six to go clear. “Murphy is a great all rounder”, Daniella says, proving his versatility competing in the SJ 1.10m at the same venue in British Showjumping National Championships where he was just out of the spoils despite a double clear. Following a well deserved rest after his two classes, Daniella and Murphy scooped Reserve in the championship. Beat The Boss was crowned Champion.
The Intermediates was taken by first time out, ‘Pebbly Ptarmigan’ owned by local Vet, Ali Butler. Known at home as Gus, he is shared by both Ali and his rider Charlotte Bacon. Trying their hand at their first Intermediate Working Hunter, Gus and Charlotte rode a sterling round to pick up their HOYS ticket first time out. Gus is no stranger to HOYS, having competed there in 2014 in the SEIB Search For A Star series coming second.
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