Whether you’re showing a coloured this season and want to check out the opposition, or you’ve just got a soft spot for two-tone equines, here’s our shortlist of some beautiful coloured show animals that recently got the nod from the judges.

1. Makers Of Jar Hearts

SUPREME CHAMPION RESERVE 443 MAKERS JAR OF HEARTS WAYNE THORNEYCROFT

After being sidelined for much of last season through a brain virus, Wayne Thorneycroft claimed the coloured tricolour at Cheshire Premier (1 May) and stood reserve supreme riding Jane Turnbull’s Makers Jar Of Hearts.

The mannerly cob is the horse Wayne credits for getting him back in the saddle last summer.

2. Gallifrey SWS

Coloured champ

Judge Katie Jerram found her RIHS ridden coloured champions in Jo Bates and Lady Benton-Jones’ classy Gallifrey SWS at the British Show Horse Association (BSHA)’s Southern Spring (30 April).

Five-year-old Gallifrey has also won sport horse classes and he qualified for the British Dressage novice regional final in two outings.

“The best thing about him is his work ethic. He has a great brain,” said Jo.

3. Wee Big Man

Wee Big Man and Heath Emson ? Horse No 217; Champion in the Ridden Coloured Class during The Showing Register Spring Show at Onley EC near Rugby in Warwickshire, UK on 2nd May 2016

Heath Emson’s Wee Big Man stood champion over two well-attended coloured classes at The Showing Register (2 May).

The five-year-old, who topped the native and traditional section for Pam Brown, was originally bought unbroken from the breeders SD Gypsy Cobs and was graded as a stallion with the Coloured Horse and Pony Society and British Skewbald and Piebald Association last year.

“He has covered a few mares, but our main aim is to qualify for RIHS and HOYS,” said producer Liz Cross.

4. Randalstown Top Notch

Randalstown T op Notch and Sue Phillips (home produced cob champ and home produced champ)

This beautiful coloured cob clinched the home-produced title for Sue Phillips at BSHA Southern Spring. Sue lives on Hayling Island, off the south coast of England and officially a part of Hampshire, where she farms Angus cattle and runs a golf course. She bought Randalstown Top Notch 18 months ago and rode him into second place in his coloured class at HOYS last year.

5. Blue Shamrock

Blue Shamrock ridden by Victoria Ward. Winner. Championship classes 18 to 19. Affiliated Spring Showing. Brook Farm Training Centre. Essex. 03/04/2016. MANDATORY Credit Garry Bowden/Sportinpictures - NO UNAUTHORISED USE - 07837 394578

This eye-catching mare stood champion gypsy cob and ridden class winner with Terri Guyett at Brook Farm (3 April). The mare was originally found fly grazing near Gatwick airport and came to owner Victoria Ward just over a year ago as a broodmare without a name or a passport.

“She lost her own foal and then fostered a thoroughbred, so she’s a real novice under saddle,” said Victoria.

6. The Muffin Man

OPEN RIDDEN UNAFFILIATED CHAMPIONSHIP CHAMPION 156 THE MUFFIN MAN R: FELICITY TAYLOR 


Felicity Taylor’s traditional coloured The Muffin Man triumphed in a well supported mixed open ridden section at the Northern Counties Pony Association’s Lancashire Spring Show (3 April).

Muffin was originally rescued from an abattoir in Ireland.

“After such a harsh start to life, Muffin is a cherished family member and he even attended my wedding,” said Felicity.

7. Heather

RIHS BSPA Coloured Championship RESERVE 117 HEATHER IZZY WALKER

Izzy Walker’s Heather was a native and traditional winner at Kelsall Hill Showing Festival (23-24 April). The cob mare claimed Izzy’s first Royal International Horse Show ticket and went on to stand reserve champion in the coloured section.

Izzy, who works for Cheshire producer Joanne Shaw, bought the eight-year-old lightweight unbroken four years ago and it will be the rider’s first time competing at Hickstead.

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8. Stoneyraikes Ringmaster

RIHS BSPA Coloured Championship CHAMPION
83 STONEYRAIKES RINGMASTER DANIELLE HEATH

Another coloured winner at Kelsall Hill was Stoneyraikes Ringmaster, who carried Danielle Heath to victory in the plaited class and then stood champion.

The eight-year-old skewbald spent two years competing in dressage classes with his owner Marie Charlton before joining Danielle’s yard half way through last season.

“He’s so laid back with a great outlook on life and he goes with his ears pricked all the time,” said Danielle, who added she may try side-saddle classes with the horse this season.