Broodmare lands prestigious Cuddy in-hand supreme title at HOYS

Pearl Underwood's Broadstone Dolce Vita (below) was crowned the Cuddy in-hand supreme champion at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) this evening (Friday 6 October). The broodmare, who was shown with her foal at foot, qualified at Derbyshire Festival (10-11 June) with Billy Moran and headed the horse championship in Birmingham before standing overall supreme.

Image by Peter Nixon

Reserve was the pony champion, Litton Salvador (below), a three-year-old show hunter pony who is owned by Caroline Cochrane and Iain Almond.

Litton Salvador qualified with producer Ian Boylan at the National Pony Society Summer Championships (1-3 August).

Ian Boylan & Litton Salvadore - Cuddy supreme champs + show hunter breeding champions (Weds) Litton Salvador

The Cuddy supreme in-hand championship is the pinnacle of in-hand showing and the accolade that everyone wants to win. Here are the other 20 animals who qualified for the final this year:

Budore Big Jim

This six-year-old took the first ticket at the Northern Ireland Festival in April. The section D stallion, by Llansantffraed Bonheddwr, is home-bred by the Budore Welsh stud and handled by James Cleland, whose family owns the stud.

Alonby Chardonnier

Cuddy Supreme In Hand Championship Champion 146 ALONBY CHARDONNIER Handler, lan Boylan Reserve 442 SKELLORN BRONZE SOLDIER

The qualifier at Nottinghamshire County (13-14 May) went the way of this home-bred and home-produced three-year-old colt, led by Ian Boylan.

Moortown Crusader

This Dartmoor stallion, owned by Diane and John Jordan and led by their son David, qualified at Devon County (18-20 May).

Llanarth Fiery Jack

1090 - Llanarth Fiery Jack - Cuddy champion

Simon Bigley presented this Welsh section D to take the ticket at Royal Bath & West (31-3 June).

Rhos Exception

Rhos Exception (Poppy )[329] (Cuddy winner, lead) Midland Counties Show 04.06.17 Cuddy Supreme Champion No. 329

Jill Godden’s home-bred show pony is a nine-year-old broodmare, who booked her passage to Birmingham at Midland Counties (3-4 June).

Moortown New Romance

530 Moortown New Romance & John Jordan - Dartmoor Pony Champion

The Jordan family’s 13-year-old Dartmoor mare with colt foal, by The Replica, took the ticket at Royal Cornwall Show (8-10 June).

Stage Music

Stage Music

Virginia Russell-Wood’s 10-year-old with Tiger Attack foal at foot was led to victory at South of England (8-10 June) by Geoff Grace.


Skellorn Bronze Soldier

Kerry Wainwright's Skellorn Bronze Soldier, produced by Stuart Mason, Winner of the Welsh Section B Stallion, the Welsh Section B in-hand Championship and the Cuddy Sumpreme In-hand Champion, Royal Three Counties show, Malvern 16-18/6/17

Kerry Wainwright’s 10-year-old home-bred Welsh section B stallion netted his ticket at Royal Three Counties (16-18 June).

Paddock Rio

HOYS Cuddy Supreme In Hand Championship Champion 1903 Paddock Rio H: Colin Tibbey

The Cuddy ticket at Royal Cheshire County (20-21 June) was handed to this seven-year-old belonging to Lynne Wilson and produced by Colin Tibbey. Colin is the defending supreme champion with last year’s victor Moelgarnedd Stadros.

Superior Choice

SUPERIOR CHOICE Champion Hunter In-Hand & Cuddy Champion THE ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW 2017 Grossick The Steadings Rockhallhead Collin DG1 4JW 07710461723

This two-year-old by Emperor Augustus is owned by Pat and Tim Martin and Dorothy and Keith Walsh and took the ticket at Royal Highland (22-25 June).

Sharptor Trinity

Sharptor Trinity (672) exhibited by D Hodge & J Walters winner of the Cuddy Supreme In-Hand during Royal Norfolk Show, near Norwich in Norfolk in the UK on 29th June 2017

The only Shetland through to the final was this nine-year-old belonging to David Hodge and Julian Walters, who qualified at Royal Norfolk (28-29 June).

Langaller Leading Light

This three-year-old filly owned, bred and handled by Charles Upham qualified at the National Hunter Supreme Championships (4-5 July).

Castle Emperor

Castle Emperor Dain Atherden

Vanessa Clark’s Connemara stallion is no stranger to the NEC spotlights; he took his fourth-ever ticket to the final at Kent County (7-9 July).

Eastlands Rashiebrae

Eastlands Rashibrae Horse No 319, winner of the Cuddy Supreme Championship during the Great Yorkshire Show held on the Great Yorkshire Showground at Harrogate in the county of Yorkshire in the UK between 11 - 13th July 2017

Amateur Jessica Walsh booked a place in the Cuddy final at Great Yorkshire Show (11-13 July) with this Connemara mare, who was bred by her owners John and Dianna Staveley.

Bracklinn Jackpot


The Smith family’s 10-year-old home-bred Fell stallion, by Carrack I’m Your Man out of Southolme Beauty, qualified at The Showing Register’s summer show (15-16 July).

Manorlea Maisie May

Manorlea Maisie May owned by Mr & Mrs C Abel win the HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW CUDDY SUPREME IN-HAND CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER at the Scottish Horse Show 2017

Clive and Beverley Abel’s seven-year-old Welsh section A mare, by Shoregreen Cracker Jack, was victorious at the end of Sarah Tibbey’s lead-rein at the Scottish Horse Show (18 July).

Triple Crown

1971 Triple Crown

This two-year-old by Kings Master got through for Martin Wood — also owner of last year’s Cuddy in-hand horse champion and reserve supreme Ballycreen Rainbow Magic — by winning the qualifier at Royal Welsh (24-27 July), presented by Simon Charlesworth.


Fouroaks Coco Chanel

Fouroaks Coco Chanel (1313) Sarah Tibbey

Sarah Tibbey led this 14-year-old Welsh section A broodmare to qualification at Pembrokeshire County (15-17 August). This was the third Tibbey-produced pony through to the final.

Shilstone Rocks North Westerly

This Dartmoor stallion (pictured winning at Ponies (UK)) belonging to Oliver Burchell and Linda Calcutt was HOYS-bound after contesting the qualifier at Bucks County.

Kellythorpes Provocateur

The Leeman family’s home-bred and home-produced three-year-old filly by Kilvington Scoundrel collected the last Cuddy ticket on offer at the BSHA national championships (8-10 September).

Don’t miss the full HOYS report in next week’s issue, on sale Thursday 12 October.