After a two year hiatus owing to the pandemic, the LeMieux BSPS supreme Heritage Mountain and Moorland ridden championship was back better than ever. The end of season finale was held at London International Horse Show and the country’s best native ponies were presented for judging.
Eleven spectacular representatives were awarded the best of breed titles, but which one was your favourite?
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Felicity Thompson’s home-bred stallion Salcombe Starehole Bay — supreme M&M at the Royal International back in July — and Katy Marriott-Payne were on fine form to lift their best of breed sash as well as overall reserve.
Hayley Reynolds rode Maureen Richardson’s ultra-consistent 13-year-old stallion Dunkery Wigeon to the Exmoor honour, a spot he’s occupied on three other occasions.
The Brightmore family’s Shetland Lotuspoint Cassius was placed fifth overall with nine-year-old Lilly Ahern Lee, who also landed the junior rider title on her first London appearance.
The eight-year-old stallion Hoekhurst Example and Libby Grota, HOYS winners in October, added the section A sash to their tally, also finishing 10th in the final line-up.
Katy Marriott-Payne’s own Welsh section B mare Clanmill Leteika Miracle, another victor at the NEC back in October, lifted her best of breed title with Kimberley Bates at the helm.
Rebecca Penny was in the driving seat of Lynn Scott’s home-bred, home-produced super star Welsh section C stallion Lynuck The Showman, who was awarded a top conformation score to claim the supreme title on his fifth visit to London.
Karen Johnson’s HOYS M&M pony of the year Menai Eurostar and his producer Adam Forster ended their 2021 with fourth place.
The 11-year-old stallion Wellbrow Diplomat is best of the Fell ponies for owners Zoe Marsden and Louise Garforth and rider Brian Williams.
On his first visit to London, the Pennell family’s home-bred stallion Nipna Midnight Rambler, champion at Royal Windsor earlier in the season, tops the Dales section and is overall third with Sarah Parker.
Penny Sutton’s Lovelyhill Folklore, a 10-year-old working stallion and top working hunter contender, nails his performance to score the New Forest best of breed ticket with Vikki Smith.
Ridden by Michael Harty, Robert and Barbara Fallon’s home-bred stallion Cashelbay Rocket, a former HOYS winner, leads the Connemara line-up and is placed sixth overall.
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