A home-bred dressage pony has won the NPS performance points award

Stafford Teasel, a 15hh home-bred palamino gelding has won the National Pony Society’s Riding Pony Performance Award for the second year running. He also won the society’s versatility award for 2001.

By the well-known hunter pony stallion Stafford Twilight, out of the graded sports pony mare Tily Snapdragon, the seven-year-old has proved particularly talented in the dressage arena with his 16-year-old owner and rider, Emily Halstead-Morton.

The pair qualified for the British Dressage summer and winter regionals and were the highest scorers in their junior team at the Sheepgate Under-21 Dressage Festival. They also won their area Pony Club dressage competition with a score of 80%.

“Teasel is a fantastic ride and my best friend,” said a delighted Emily, who lives in Hampshire. “I was surprised that we won this award for the second year, as FMD meant we lost the first half of the season. However, we used that time to train and he has gone fantastically since.”

“Unfortunately I am now 5ft 8ins and he is only 15hh so the winter regionals will be our last competition. The award will be a wonderful reminder of our success together.”

The Moor Hall Stud Perpeptual Salver will be presented to Emily by Mandy Godden, who organises the performance points awards, at the NPS AGM next March.

  • The NPS AGM willtake place at Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth, Warks, on Saturday 23 March 2002. It will be preceeded by a judges’ conference, with the NPS annual ball in the evening. Tickets for the ball will be available in February 2001.