Tally Kapardia and Rotherwood Maybe extended their winning run at the RIHS. The pair headed their 143cm division before clinching the Sandal BMW show hunter pony championship at Hickstead on Wednesday.

Having started the season with a tricolour at the BSPS Winter Championships, Tally and her mother Gill’s eight-year-old daughter of Strinesdale Matador have since taken championships at Windsor and The North of England.

Bought as an unbroken three-year-old, the quality bay mare, who is produced by Gill Thompson, has been ridden throughout her career by Tally. Having finished reserve at Horse of the Year Show last season, Rotherwood Maybe is again Birmingham bound this term.

“She’s a fabulous pony who loves showing.” said Tally, who is in her final year with this outstanding mare.

Reserve champions were Jack Starkie and Yealand Angelina, who headed the 133cm class. Owned by Tony and Alison Georgakis, the Yealand Presberty-sired eight-year-old chestnut mare has already stood champion three times this season at West Midlands, Stafford County and Area 1B.

“She is a lovely pony” said her producer Julie Templeton.

Working hunter ponies

As rain set in, Sophie Scott and the evergreen Stambrook Pavarotti clinched the BSPS Supreme working hunter pony championships. “An outstanding pony,” agreed judges Gillian Kyle and Peter Aldred.

Clear rounds in the working hunter ring were at a premium over Kevin Millman’s course. Even the champion was one of four in the 143cm class who tipped a rail as no ponies managed to produce a clear round in the class.

Recent champions at Cheshire County, Sophie and Stambrook Pavarotti have been called up to represent England in the forthcoming WHP International competition in Scotland, where fellow team members will be Becky Crosbie-Starling and Mystic Napoliana, who headed the opening 153cm class and stood reserve.

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