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A 15-year-old Welsh section C mare clinched the result of her life when taking the Cuddy supreme in-hand title at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS).

Ceri Fell’s Parvadean Delight (pictured right qualifying at Royal Norfolk) had tried four times before being officially retired on her last appearance in 2008. However, her condition at the beginning of the year led owner Ceri and breeder Justin Davis to give her another shot, and this time, she was the one in the final spotlight.

Reserve went to the horse section winner. This was the much-fancied hunter filly, Rosemary Penn’s two-year-old chestnut Hunter Show champion, Lovestruck, shown by Steve Pitt.

Hotly contested M&M working hunter pony classes played to packed stands and after three excellent sections, the title went to Sophie Hetherton-Davies with her six-year-old Fell gelding, Brooksand Kitchener. This was a first HOYS win for Sophie, who has been competing here for more than 12 years.

David Cole’s inventive course, which included a mock ‘Stonehenge’ complex, jumped well and there were plenty of clears, particularly in the lower divisions.

One of the best came from last year’s dual ridden and worker champion, the Dartmoor stallion Pumphill Buckthorn, who won a strong class and went on to take reserve with Sarah Parker (nee Challinor).

Sue Fairlie’s home-bred Welsh D, Fairlies Red Flare, repeated last year’s result to head the over 138cm class for Amy James.

The Colne Mountain & Moorland mini sash went to the lead rein victor, the six-year-old Dartmoor Newoak Balladier, ridden by Victoria McDowall and produced by Julie Templeton. The first ridden winner, Georgia Darlington with the evergreen Welsh section A, Wortley Celebration, stood reserve.

Stay in touch with all the action from HOYS on Horseandhound.co.uk throughout the show and enjoy over 20 pages of reports in next Thursday’s magazine.

Thursday showing results

Colne M&M mini (M Northam) FR.– 1 & res, S Darlington’s Wortley Celebration; 2, E Lister’s Dykes Diplomead; 3, A Bromwich’s Waulkmill Redstart. LR.– 1 & ch, A McDowall’s Newoak Balladier; 2, K Cutler’s Monksfield Hunstman; 3, K Williams’ Horninglow Derwent. PRP Rescue Services M&M WHP (Ms D Chadwick, M Northam) 122cm.– 1 & res, P Hall’s Pumphill Buckthorn; 2, J Armson’s Hanmere Showman; 3, F Suffling’s Briars Amaretto. 138cm.– 1 & ch, S Smith’s Brooksand Kitchener; 2, H Somerset’s Tyasn Tullamore; 3, C Harrison’s Furzeley Charade. exc 138cm.– 1, S Fairlie’s Fairlies Red Flare; 2, M Norris’ Dolellog Ceris; 3, S Potts’ Claremont Spiral. Cuddy supreme in-hand (R Oliver, D Blair) pony.– 1 & ch, C Fell’s Parvadean Delight; 2, J Harforth’s Stanley Grange Cocksure; 3, J & D Jordan’s Moortown Countryman. horse.– 1 & res, R Penn’s Lovestruck; 2, P P Jarret & D Evans’ Eastern Index; 3, G Brereton’s Catwalk.