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Oakley Hunt West celebrate eighth Prince Philip Cup win

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The Oakley Hunt West branch of the Pony Club celebrated its eighth win in the Prince Philip Cup final at Horse of the Year Show on Sunday (7 October).

The team won the Mounted Games final on a total of 114 points – 18 points clear of Strathearn in second.

The team was made up of Florence Bish-Jones (14), Harry Gates (15), Thomas Kitchiner (15), Sally Kitchiner (13), Samantha Garrett (13) and Aimy Eales (reserve).

Six Pony Club teams – Oakley Hunt (West), Cheshire Hunt (North), Strathearn, Poole and District, Angus and for the first time Old Berkeley Hunt (North) – went forward to the final at HOYS, after battling it out at the Zone Finals around the country during the summer.

And after 17 years, branch trainer Maureen Thomas, or ‘Mo’ is now retiring.

“This year was very special for me” said Maureen. “I was very proud of the way the team rode and so grateful to them for such a good result.

“I am now looking forward to visiting HOYS 2013 as a spectator.”