Day 2: Stoneleigh Horse Show

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Saturday 13th August 2016

Polly Coles Arena

Cuddy Working Hunter with Two HOYS Tickets on Offer

It was an early start for competitors at Stoneleigh Horse Show on Saturday with the Cuddy opening the day’s proceedings at 7am in the Polly Coles arena.   It was a well supported class but only seven combinations went clear and were in line for a chance of one of two tickets available to Horse of the Year Show.  Taking first place was Louise Bell riding Clifford Percy’s eye catching bay gelding, Catch the Beaver.  “It was just his 3rd workers and he jumped great and went really well for the judge” said Louise who was taking a break from her new sport of Dressage.  It was ride judge Richard Mills who moved the duo from third in the original pull up to first place.

In second, subject to verification, taking the second HOYS ticket on offer was 11 year old Chestnut Gelding Lux O Neill.  Lux is owned and usually ridden by Nicky Turriff, however, she recently sustained a hand injury and was unable to ride but the day was saved by Irishman Rory Gilsenan.  Rory, who has only partnered Lux on three occasions rode the gelding clear over the worker track and into second place. Bred in Ireland, Lux is described by owner Nicky as “a dream horse who loves his jumping and hunts in the winter with the Fourborough at home in Cornwall”.

The British Show Pony Society Mountain & Moorland Working Hunter Pony Classes was well supported throughout the day; the 143cm in particular had over 40 entries.  The Championship was awarded to the 122cm Class winner, Ruby Ward riding Kyregate Peter Pan with reserve going to Aigas of Achnacarry winner of the 133cm Class ridden by Laura Marshall, owned by Kelly Capstick.


The Colosso Family Ladies Side Saddle Class

Nine riders out of a total of 18 entries came forward for the Colosso Family Saddle Saddle Class at Stoneleigh Horse Show under Judges John Maynard and Shelley Perham.  Riders and horses from as far away as Co. Down and Edinburgh travelled to compete in the class.  It was Scottish national Sofia Scott’s Bridgham who impressed the judges.  Finn, as he is known at home in Norfolk with the Hood family is described by Sarah as a ‘Horse of the Lifetime’.  The 13 year old Finn won the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse at Horse of the Year Show and his win today and qualification, subject to verification, will be his last and final appearance at the famous Show as Sofia said he will retire from his Showing career.

Finn, a full Thoroughbred has many strings to his bow throughout his career including Point to Pointing, Hunting, and Showing and will now retire to a life of unaffiliated Dressage with Sofia.


The Catplant Group of Companies Ltd Show Hunter of the Year Championship

The Lightweight class was a well supported with 19 coming forward on the day.  Judges Barbara Ashby-Jones and Lesley Whitehall had a tough task ahead with a competitive line up in the class.  First to be called in by the judges in the preliminaries was John Land’s 6 year old Irish bred Gelding, Carnsdale Capability Brown and there he stayed.  Comer, as he is known, was ridden and produced by Wayne Thorneycroft.  The combination had already qualified earlier at The Great Yorkshire show so the HOYS ticket, subject to verification, went to Gerry Merton’s Seabourne Silent Valley.

Hannah Horton on Lucinda Freeman’s grey gelding Big Ben. Blue as he is known as at home had been experiencing the Blues with several seconds, one at New Forest and one at Bath and West, but today although initially pulled in second by the judges, Blue got promoted after giving Judge Lesley Whitehall a lovely ride.

Garry Parr’s Redemption Ground took the Heavyweights on his 9 year old Chestnut Gelding with rider Leon King.  Cheerio, as he is known as at home, is having a very successful Showing season with ribbons collected at Lincoln, Royal International and Hickstead already under belt this summer.  Cheerio also competed last year at HOYS in the Heavyweight Class with Gary but he hopes to do one better and be in the ribbons with him this year under the lights of the Andres Bowen International Arena.

With six through to the Championship, it was the Heavyweight Redemption Ground to take the spoils with Lightweight Show Hunter winner Carnsdale Capability Brown taking Reserve.


The FUSCO Eco Cob Championships

The Championship classes started off with the well supported and competitive Lightweight Cob Class. 18 combinations came forward under Judges Tim Wiggett and ride judge Samantha De Caprio.  It was Vanessa Ramm’s Randalstown Designer Stubble who won took first with Hayley Gill and Chantilly Sandman in second.

The Heavyweight section went to Simon Reynolds on Claire Trebble’s Morrows Marksman with Oliver Hood in second with Master of the House.  Morrows Marksman is known as Bentley at home and according to his team he couldn’t have a better stable name.  “He always gives the judge a great ride, he has a lovely personality, has big movement and is an easy ride” commented his owner Claire.  The seasoned  Horse of the Year Show gelding with his eye catching set of socks was an armchair ride for ride judge Samantha De Caprio and went on to win the FUCO Eco Cob Championship with Randalstown Designer Stubble Reserve for a second year running at Stoneleigh Horse Show.

The Maxi Cob ribbons went to Caroline Mackness’ Country Seat and Elizabeth Bury’s Lord Alexander.

Sankey Family Arena Roundup

The Sankey Family Arena had a jam packed morning with a record number of coloureds coming forward to each of the four classes sponsored by CHAPS UK.  Judges Kevan Baskeyfield and Ride judge Tracey Southern had their work cut out for them with some of the classes having over thirty combinations coming forward.  Winners of the Coloured Ridden Non Native Pony sponsored by CHAPS UK went to Michaela Wood on Martin Wood’s La Jolie with Helen Shuttleworth in second on Flying Solo.

The Coloured Ridden Native/Cob/Traditional Pony Class sponsored by CHAPS UK went to Joanna Waterhouse riding Hilary Waterhouse’s Too Smart and Rosanna Hamilton and her horse Nantllesg Elwyn in second. Lynn Russell’s Cappa Sham took the Coloured Native Horse section with Flash the Cash taking the blue for Andrew Collins.

It was an early start from York this morning for Garry Ross winner of the Coloured Non Native Ridden Native/Cob/Traditional Horse Class aboard Paul Langrick’s Castle Franco.  Garry, a seasoned HOYS attendee picked up his ticket, subject to verification, today on what was their second time out this season. Garry commented that it was a strong class with 31 entered but was very pleased to have another qualifier in the bag before heading back up the M1 after a long day.

Another seasoned HOYS attendee was Jean Walsh Wright on her six year homebred mare, Becconsall Regal Ruby, also known as Maisie, in the Brereton Small Hack Class.  Jean rode Maisie beautifully and was called into first place from quite a way down the line up.  Jean also bred Maisie’s dam, Becconsall Northern Reflection who is now 28 years and a multiple Champion in her day including Supreme Champion at Royal International as a three year old.  Jean remembers competing at The Royal Show in its final year and reminisced about the great Show at Stoneleigh Park and riding in the Grand Ring.  Jean commented that Maisie was picking up her second ticket for HOYS today, subject to verification, as Maisie has already qualified in the Intermediates.  Jean and Maisie went on to win the Hack Championship. Reserve went to Vanessa Windsor-Phillips on Wesswood Caste a Spell who had come second to Jean Walsh Wright and Becconsall Regal Ruby.

The Large Hack went to Abigail Thorogood on Temple Garden with Scottshall Maximillion and rider Johanna Foster in second.


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