A Welsh pony, which has twice been runner-up at HOYS, triumphs at her third attempt

The charming Roseisle Tudyr Melody made it third time lucky for the Homfray-Jones family when she tookthe Brineton Colne Mountain and Moorland Mini Championships on the opening day at HOYS.

“She has been second at Wembley the past two years, so it was wonderful to win at last,” said a delighted Mr Homfray-Jones. His son Ryan said he was “really excited” to have won the Colne Lead Rein Pony of the Year title at his second attempt.

The only pony to qualify for both the lead rein and first ridden classes, Melody behaved impeccably throughout to take the championship.

Judge Pauline Barfield said: “My champion was everything I believe a lead rein pony should be. I would trust her with the tiniest jockey in any situation. I think a bomb could go off and she wouldn’t flick an ear.”

The Reserve Mini M&M title went to the on form Vean Hobajon, ridden by Josh Duncalf. Josh and Hobajon also triumphed in the Dartmoor, Exmoor and Shetland section of the Open M&M class earlier in the day, and was reserve M&M Pony of the Year.

The active six-year-old palomino mare Gwauniarll Katie, ridden by Charlotte Ward, sparkled her way into second place in the Colne, ahead of Idyllic Nureyev.

Oldmere Holly, ridden by Lucinda Stockley, took second in the Brineton on her first visit to Wembley. Lois Albinson was third with Gwynrhosyn Cellidh.

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