#TBT: The M&Ms that made it to Olympia — 23 winning natives from the 2019 BSPS Heritage championship show…

  • Ahead of the British Show Pony Society (BSPS) Heritage championship show this weekend (17-18 October), we take a look back at who impressed at last year’s show

    The best native ponies in the country flocked to Arena UK for the British Show Pony Society (BSPS) Heritage championship show (12-13 October 2019), in a final attempt to pick up a ticket to the Mountain and Moorland final at the Olympia International Horse Show held in December.

    While the weather certain tested the native spirit of the ponies, star quality was high and several bright combinations shone through.

    But which lucky few took home a qualification, and who else stole the other championship titles on offer at this popular end of season show?

    1. Okedene Justin

    Hayley Reynolds and the nine-year-old HOYS winning New Forest booked their Olympia ticket after winning their breed class

    2. Brynithon Paragon

    The eight-year-old Welsh section D bagged his first Olympia ticket after standing third in his semi-final with producer Sarah Parker at the helm who was riding for owner Keeley Orchard

    3. Skellorn Royal Anniversary

    The Welsh section B and Tori Oakes secured their place on the Olympia bus

    4. Lotuspoint Cassius

    The 12-year-old Shetland and Olivia Brightmore picked up a clutch of titles, including the open and restricted championships and an Olympia qualification before netting the supreme of show honours

    5. Lunesdale Dixie

    The Fell stallion made his owner Christina Gough’s dreams come true for the fourth year as he secured yet another Olympia place

    6. Firle Giorgio

    The stunning chestnut Shetland clinched an Olympia ticket

    7. Murrayhall Diezel

    The home produced Welsh section D and Sophie Howard galloped to victory in the novice working hunter championship

    8. Walstead Guinness

    Vanessa Clark’s own gelding booked his Olympia ticket after placing third in the New Forest and Connemara semi-final

    9. Gems Malt Whiskey

    April Gilmartin rode her own Welsh section C stallion to an Olympia ticket as well as the overall novice ridden accolade

    10. Drogeda Valentino

    Producer Aimee Devane took three tickets over the duration of the weekend, including in Welsh section D ranks with Rachel Cooper’s big-moving 11-year-old gelding

    11. Cree Marvin

    The eight-year-old Connemara topped a strong Olympia semi-final with his owner Katherine Bowling-Hartenfeld in the saddle

    12. Linksbury Shazz

    Harriet Hanger and the eight-year-old roan Welsh section B were champions of the mini working hunter ponies

    13. Brynrodyn Danielle

    Jessica Summers piloted the pretty palomino mare to stand mini restricted champion with producer Sharn Linney leading

    14. Rekclif Mr Montagu

    The four-year-old Dartmoor stallion topped his Olympia breed class with Jennifer Cowan

    15. Briar Snowman

    The ultra-consistent Shetland was crowned mini supreme with Lily Richardson

    16. Drummersdale Black Diamond

    Prue Relland’s Fell gelding headed a strong young riders large breeds class before securing the overall championship under the evening performance spotlight with Charlotte Tuck

    17. Hywi The Enforcer

    Iysha Pitman landed an Olympia ticket after winning the Welsh section C qualifying class with her own stallion.

    18. Highland Chief Of Talisker

    The 2019 Royal International Horse Show reserve supreme pony and his owner/rider Amber Thorpe took the overall young rider supreme championship

    19. Greenholme Warbler

    Claire Wigley’s 15-year-old stallion and producer Katy Marriott-Payne took the Fell breed qualifier

    20. Boyne Girl

    The classy Connemara mare and William Chatley were foot perfect en-route to an Olympia ticket for owner Jane Andrews

    21. Stowbrook Red Kite

    After a standing reserve at Westmorland county a few weeks ago, Davinia Johnson and her own Exmoor ensured they were bound for the December final at Olympia

    22. Lledrith Nemesis

    Sam Roberts and Aimee Stunt’s stallion picked up an Olympia ticket and a 2020 RIHS qualification before scooping reserve in the overall supreme championship

    23. Dunedin Mcsporran

    Chris Grant and his own Highland gelding battled through rain to earn their place at Olympia

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