End of an era as veterans Chiltern Royalty and Mossparks Mahogany Democrat die after a successful career in the show ring

The well-known Connemara mare, Chiltern Royalty, [pictured] has died at the age of 20.

After producing five foals, Royalty was bought by Vanessa Compton in 1992 and enjoyed an outstanding showing career.

She qualified for Olympia on four consecutive occasions and was reserve champion in 1994.

Her wins included supreme ridden champion at the Connemara breed show in 1994 and 1996, supreme ridden M&M and Baileys M&M ridden champion at Ponies (UK) and champion ridden M&M at the Royal Show.

She also enjoyed an equally illustrious in-hand career.

She was a dream pony who gave 100% in everything she did. She loved the atmosphere of the bigger shows and rose to the occasion. We’ll miss her greatly,” said Vanessa.

  • One of the most versatile show horses of the 1980s, Mossparks Mahogany Democrat, was put down recently.

    “Herbie”, a 15hh liver chesnut gelding by Briery Chocolate Mint, was owned jointly by Phillipa Craven and Patsy Richardson and was ridden to numerous successes in show and working hunter, riding horse and side-saddle classes by Emily Richardson.

    He spent his retirement hacking in the Welsh countryside, but was brought out again by Emily at the age of 20 to win three classes at a county show.

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