Mounted games riders keep it in the family as cousins claim the open MGA World Pairs title

An international field of mounted games riders headed to the Newark and Notts Showground from the Mounted Games Association’s (MGA) World Pairs Championships on 29-30 September.

The open competition was won by Ross Elliot and Bob Ghandour from South Wiltshire. Bob has twice been winner of the World Individual Veteran Championships, while hiscousin Ross is an allround sportsman who plays hockey at county level. Bob, a qualified vet, was also in the winning Great Britain team at the 1998 World Team Championships.

In reserve were the Yorkshire Pairs champions, Elaine Trevor Jones and Ian Pringuer, of the successful Shropshire team. Third place went to the reigning World Individual Champion Joelene Martin and Alex Jones, who rode for Wales. The Welsh team claimed the silver medal at the World Team Championships in Canada earlier this year.

The under-17 class saw the current under-17 world individual champion Daloni Lucas (Middlesex) and partner Nicky Williams claim the title. Daloni and Nicky dominated the under-17 class throughout the three qualifying sessions. Andrew and Stevie Horscroft were second, just ahead of Bradley Stamp and Luke Tavener in third.

Katie Hardy and Shayla McNulty stamped their authroity on the under-12 to win comfortably. Katie, who lives in Grantham with her speedy grey Bramble, is the reigning under-12 Midland and World individual champion. In second place was Katie Hopkins and Emma Wardell, with third going to Janey Surman and Chole Golding.

To read the full results click here.