A new competition for ridden mountain and moorland ponies, with a first prize of £1,000, has been introduced by the organisers of the North of England Show series.

Sponsored by Garrick Surface Coating Ltd and Waring-Collins Ltd, there will be 24 opportunities to qualify around the country and the final will take place at the North of England In-Hand Championship Show on 19 July at Osbaldeston Hall, Blackburn.

For further details visit: www.northofenglandshows.co.uk

Support for Welsh breeds

Two new schemes have been unveiled for 2003 to encourage the promotion of registered Welsh pony and cob geldings through their formative years. The schemes have been designed to encourage breeders and exhibitors to give greater store to this sector of the breed as they mature into the performance stars of tomorrow.

Initially, all affiliated Welsh Pony and Cob Society (WPCS) shows can apply for free overall gelding championship rosettes sponsoredby Millcroft Stud as an incentive to stage such a championship and hopefully, in time, specific young gelding classes.

This will be followed by the “National High Point Junior Gelding of the Year” scheme, open to young geldings, who will score points as they compete throughout the season. The winner will receive a residential evaluation from the sponsor, the Julie Templeton Show Team.

Further details and free competition cards can be obtained from the scheme organiser, Richard Miller (tel: 01267 267264) e-mail: info@heniarth.com or directly from the WPCS (tel: 01970 617501).

  • Welsh pure- and part-bred enthusiasts can look forward to the inaugural National Welsh and Welsh Part-bred Championship Show, which is being held at the Shropshire and West Midlands Showground, Shrewsbury on 3 August.

    The show is being organised by the Welsh Part-bred Pony Committee with the support of the WPCS and will include a full range of in-hand and ridden showing classes, plus driving, dressage and combined training for pure and part-bred welsh ponies and horses.

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