It is one of the most sought-after accolades, and last week we showed you the 22 animals vying to be crowned the Cuddy in-hand supreme champion.

This evening (5 October), Moelgarnedd Stadros stood top of a stellar final line-up at Horse of the Year Show. 

Colin Tibbey exhibited MOELGARNEDD STADROSS owned by G Williams winner of the Cuddy Supreme In-Hand Championship during HOYS in the NEC in Warwickshire in the UK on 5th October 2016

The six-year-old Welsh section B stallion (above) is owned by Gareth Williams and produced by Colin Tibbey.

Standing reserve supreme was the horse winner, Martin Wood’s Ballycreen Rainbow Magic, beautifully presented by Simon Charlesworth.

Martin and Simon were the defending champions after taking the title here last year with Romanno Royale, following Rendene Royal Charm’s success in 2014.

Reserve in-hand horse was Charles Upham’s Chantry Clover Girl, while the Shetland Sharptor Trinity stood reserve pony for David Hodge and Julian Walters.

There were 22 finalists, including an amateur husband and wife duo and several owners qualifying animals for the first time. Scroll down to see the full line up and find out where they collected their HOYS tickets.

1. Native Star

BSHA Cuddy winner

Sarah Milnes’ home-produced three-year-old collected her ticket at the BSHA National Champs (9-11 Sept), handled by Kerry Jagger.

2. Cockney Ruby

Simon Charlesworth and Cockney Ruby

Simon Charlesworth presented this three-year-old by Rendene Royal Charm for Martin Wood at Bucks County (1 September).

3. Miss Velvet Brown

35 Miss Velvet Brown & Tony Wareham - Cuddy Champion

This three-year-old lifted the Cuddy qualifier for owner Rosemary Penn at the Sport Horse (GB) national hunter championships (20-21 August). Miss Velvet Brown is by Aveia and was bred by Ann Bassett.

4. Sharptor Trinity


This nine-year-old Shetland mare was pulled forward from 13 entries at Pembrokeshire County (16-18 August). She is owned by David Hodge and Julian Walters, who are based in Okehampton, Devon.

5. Tiger Attack

NPS Malvern 2016

Billy and Joanne Moran’s home-bred four-year-old topped a 19-strong class at the NPS Summer Championships (2-4 August).

6. Colbeach Duet

Colbeach Duet (539) is In Hand Cuddy Champion 2016 at the Scottish Horse Show


A former winner under saddle at HOYS and the Royal International, Jerome Harforth’s eight-year-old picked up her Cuddy ticket at the Scottish Horse Show (19 July). The mare was shown with her first foal at foot — a filly by Turberry Top Cat.

7. Ballycreen Rainbow Magic

The Showing Register 2016

This is the second qualified horse owned by Martin Wood. The three-year-old by Kings Master is produced by Steve Pitt and stood top of 18 entries at TSR Summer Gala (16-17 July).

8. Idyllic Perdita

IDYLLIC OERDITA Welsh Sect A CUDDY CHAMPION at the Great Yorkshire Show 14/7/16 Photograph by Grossick Racing Photography 0771 046 1723

Allister Hood judged the Cuddy qualifier at Great Yorkshire Show (12-14 July), where his choice was this nine-year-old home-bred of Mark and Liz Kilbey. The welsh section A, shown with her colt foal at foot, is the first Cuddy finalist for the Kilbeys in nine years.

9. Berkeley Square


This Irish-bred grey shown with her Wish Upon A Star foal at foot is owned by Michael Cooke and Tony Reynolds. She collected her ticket at Kent County (8-10 July) and this is the first horse that Michael and Tony have qualified for the final.

10. Paddock Rio

PADDOCK RIO owned by Mrs L Wilson, Cuddy Supreme In Hand Champion during The Royal Norfolk Show at the Norfolk Showground near Norwich in Norfolk UK on 30 June 2016

Lynn Wilson’s six-year-old Welsh section B stallion topped the Cuddy qualifier at Royal Norfolk (29-30 June).

11. Kellythorpes Notorious

KELLYTHORPES NOTORIOUS Champion Riding Pony Breeding and Cuddy Champion - The Royal Highland Show 2016 Photograph by John Grossick 0771 046 1723

Lisha Leeman’s colt by Kilvington Scoundrel qualified at Royal Highland (23-26 June). The yearling is produced by Jerome Harforth and was shown by James Crockford.

12. Moelgarnedd Stadros

Buddy Supreme In Hand championship Champion 2146 MOELGARNEDD STADROSS H: Colin Tibbey O: Mr G Williams

Producer Colin Tibbey led this Welsh section B to victory at Royal Cheshire (21-22 June). The six-year-old by Hilin Carnedd out of Weston Park Musk Rose is owned by Gareth Williams and has been used at stud for the last two seasons.

13. Valeur Dancing Fairy Lustre

Section B and Cuddy Champion: Valeur Dancing Fairy Lustre (579) (Grey pony)

This 15-year-old section B broodmare collected a first in-hand ticket for Paul and Julie Landon at Royal Welsh (18-21 June).

14. Moorcroft Master Tom

Dafydd Morris and Moorcroft Master Tom, winners of the Welsh Section C class, the Supreme In-Hand Welsh Champion, and the Cuddy Championship, Royal Three Counties Show, 19-6-16

Carl Hester had 15 forward at Royal Three Counties (17-19 June), and he awarded the ticket to this Welsh section C stallion. The six-year-old is owned by Dafydd and Sian Morris, and was shown by Dafydd.

15. Fouroaks Coco Chanel


It poured with rain during the Cuddy qualifier at Derbyshire Festival (11-12 June), but this Welsh section A still dazzled to collect the ticket for owner/handler Sarah Tibbey. Coco Chanel, by Gwynrosyn Frenin out of Fouroaks Carmela, was given to Sarah by breeder John Lowe as a surprise Christmas present.

16. Chantry Clover Girl

Chantry Clover Girl & Charles Upham - Cuddy Champion

This 12-year-old will be making her fourth appearance in the final at HOYS after Henrietta Knight gave her a ticket at Royal Cornwall (9-11 June). Led by Charles Upham, the mare is by Power Blade and out of Paris Clover.

17. Raritat


Jane Townshend’s sport horse has showjumped to 1.20m level in the Netherlands, and collected her Cuddy ticket at South of England (9-11 June). The mare was shown by Alex Kelly with her seven-week-old Timolin foal at foot.

18. Castle Emperor

Midland Counties Show 04.06.16 Cuddy Supreme In Hand Championship Champion No. 437 Castle Emperor Jack Cochrane

Vanessa Clark’s Connemara stallion headed the Cuddy line-up at Midland Counties (4-5 June). Vanessa produces the five-year-old herself and he meets handler Jack Cochrane at shows.

19. Shildon’s Excalibur

Shildon’s Excalibur

Bath & West (1-4 June) was this three-year-old’s second-ever outing for owner/breeder Vicki Rudd, and he duly earned a Cuddy ticket. The Welsh part-bred by Rotherwood Peeping Tom, led by Mark Reeves, was chosen from a line-up of 24.

20. Ysselvliedts Highwood

672 Ysselvliedts Highwood & Tony McGuire - Champion Welsh Section A and Cuddy Champion

This Dutch-bred Welsh section A is home-produced by amateur husband and wife team Nicky and Tony McGuire. Nicky works at an animal feed store and Tony, who led the eight-year-old stallion at Devon County (19-21 May), is a gardener.

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21. Colne Tigerbay

Cuddy Champion 394 COLNE TIGERBAY

Ann Overton-Ablitt’s home-bred section A stallion qualified at Nottingham County (14-15 May). Handled by his producer Sam Morsley, the three-year-old is by Nantdywyll Telor and out of Colne Tiara.

22. Brookvale Mr Tom

720a9256 Cuddy Inhand Champion was Brookvale Mr Tom

The first Cuddy ticket up for grabs in the Emerald Isle — at the Northern Ireland Festival (22-24 April) — went to this six-year-old by Mynach Arion. Owned by Connor McCormick, the home-bred stallion was led by Connor’s son, Charlie.

Don’t miss the full HOYS report in the 13 October issue of Horse & Hound.