Pony clubbers flocked to Cheltenham racecourse for a unique chance to ride on the hallowed turf at the KBIS British Equestrian Pony Club Race Day on 3 April.

The first Pony Club member past the post was Ridgeway branch member Holly Ann Horton, 11, who rode Sweet Delight to victory in the KBIS Novice Stakes. Emily Pain, 14, of the Berkeley Hunt branch followed on by winning the Innsworth Technology Park Stakes on Piers.

Victory in the Cleeve Mount Intermediate Stakes went to 10-year-old Daisy Taylor and her pony Cwt-y-bettws Vocalist (Libby). Daisy and Libby were representing the West Norfolk Hunt branch.

The first male winner of the day was Harry Derham, 13, on G-Whizz in the Robert Hitchins Group Open Stakes. Robert is also a member of the Berkeley Hunt branch of the Pony Club. Daniel (Sprog) Garlick, 13, scored another win for the boys in the Brightwells Auction Stakes riding Cup A Tea for the Cotswold Vale Famers’ Hunt branch.

But the girls were back on winning form in the Queenwood Homes Novice Stakes, where 14-year-old Victoria Griffiths and Perry of the Dulverton West Hunt branch proved unbeatable.

Georgina Wales, 14, took the Blushes Hairdressing Intermediate Stakes to claim a second win for the West Norfolk Hunt Branch with her pony Smoking Gun.

The final race of the day, the Weatherbys Bank Open Stakes, went to Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt branch member Phillip Prince, 14, riding Rose Bengal.

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