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.
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).
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.
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.
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
Simon Bigley presented this Welsh section D to take the ticket at Royal Bath & West (31-3 June).
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
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).
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 10-year-old home-bred Welsh section B stallion netted his ticket at Royal Three Counties (16-18 June).
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.
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).
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).
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).
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.
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
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).
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
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.
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.