An eye-catching dun — and 10 other ponies recently crowned champions in the ring

  • A native turning his hoof to workers, a first ridden champion excelling in open classes and a home-produced Dartmoor bound for the Royal International Horse Show (RIHS). Check out some of the beautiful ponies who recently won in the show ring

    1. Moortown Honey Boy

    Phoebe Penston, 10, and her Dartmoor pony are RIHS bound after triumphing in the Pretty Polly mountain and moorland (M&M) first ridden class at BSPS Area 15 (22 April).

    2 and 3. Rhos Emperor and Whepley Watchman

    Rhos Emperor netted the show pony and ridden Anglo and part-bred Arab titles at BSPS Area 15, ridden by Zara Clark. In the latter championship, the 11-year-old gelding pipped his stablemate Whepley Watchman, who was partnered by Ellie Stunt.

    4. Greenholme Emblem

    He was placed in ridden Horse of the Year Show qualifiers last year, but a new direction for this Fell proved a good decision when he stood supreme working hunter pony at NPS Scotland Spring (22-23 April) and secured his RIHS ticket, ridden by Kirsty Aird.

    5. Arizona Gold

    Despite it being just the second-ever affiliated showing outing for 17-year-old Bethany Grigg, she piloted Arizona Gold to stand winter restricted supreme at the BSPS Winter Championships.

    6. Holnest Finnegan

    Rebecca Walters steered this bay to stand restricted working hunter pony champion at the BSPS Winter Championships.

    7. Lisas Dream

    This eye-catching dun turns her hoof to eventing at BE90 level as well as showing, and the 11-year-old topped the RIHS working hunter pony championship at BSPS Area 15 with Georgia Darlington in the saddle.

    8. Roseview Limited Edition

    Thirteen-year-old George Chandler piloted this lovely bay to stand Pretty Polly home-produced champion at BSPS Area 15, earning their ticket to the Royal International Horse Show (RIHS).

    9. Woodroyd Celebration

    Another young rider bound for RIHS is Eugenie Godfrey-Faussett, nine, who claimed the RIHS mini show pony championship on Woodroyd Celebration at BSPS Area 15.

    10. Merrycorner Mister Bui

    Merrycorner Mister Bui, ridden by Harriet Dennison, stood restricted show hunter pony champion at the BSPS Winter Championships.

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    11. Idyllic Spartacus

    This Welsh section A stood supreme at the Ponies (UK) Winter Classic in March, ridden on that occasion by 12-year-old Charlotte Kilbey. At BSPS Area 15, however, he showed his versatility when carrying producer Sam Roberts, whom he only meets up with at shows, to the RIHS Heritage M&M title.

    Don’t miss the full BSPS Winter Championships report in the current issue of H&H (27 April)

    Look out for the BSPS Area 15 and NPS Scotland Spring reports in the issue on sale Thursday 4 May

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