A victorious return for Mandy Higgins’s Pinewell Bucks Fizz saw the Section A stallion stand Cuddy supreme champion for the second year in succession at HOYS.
Bred and shown by Colin Tibby, the attractive roan claimed titles at South of England, Cheshire County and Scottish Horse, as well as going supreme at Newark and Notts this season.
“I’m speechless,” said Mandy, “until last year I’d never even had a horse qualify for HOYS.”
Paul Armitage took reserve with John Dunlop’s Little Alice after heading the Cuddy supreme horses. The homebred 11-year-old has taken titles at The Royal show, Three Counties and also the National Hunter show.
“Little Alice was second here in the Ladies Hunter with Sue Rawding in 2004, and fourth in 2006,” said Paul, “This is her first foal, and she is back in foal to Roeview Pride.”
Sally Carpenter’s Willoway Lord of the Rings claimed the mountain and moorland working hunter pony title, ridden by her niece Charlotte Harlow.
“The over 138cms was a technical course and up to height, you had to get the right stride to be in with a chance,” said Charlotte, “but I enjoyed every minute of it.”
Julie Barton’s Dartmoor stallion Moortown Honeyman, who triumphed here two years ago returned to head the 122cms mountain and moorland workers with Kate Bacon and take reserve.
The 138cms went to Katy Seedhouse with her mother’s Springfieldpark Razzle. As Katy is studying law at Warwick University she relies on her younger brother Alastair and her mother Paula to keep the Welsh section C fit.
“We’ve had a few comments about his weight,” said Katy, “but whilst he lives on fresh air, my mother has lost two stone exercising him for me.”
Yasmin Cuddy headed the intermediate show hunters with her mother’s Galtee Park after qualifying at their first and only attempt at BSPS Area 16, Wincanton.
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