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Gillian McMurray’s home-bred, home-produced Highland stallion, 13, qualified for London at Royal Lancashire show with Gillian’s daughter, Kirstin McMurray, in the saddle. Tearlach is a third generation London finalist, and is the sixth different Trailtrow-bred pony to have qualified for the final since 1985.
Gems Malt Whiskey
April Gilmartin’s own seasoned Welsh section C stallion has enjoyed top two placings at both Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) and the Royal International (RIHS) over the past two seasons, and this will be his third consecutive trip to London. This season, he netted a place at the very first qualifier held at Royal Windsor.
Llandderfel Prince Richard
Anne Wilson’s seven-year-old Welsh section D stallion recently finished second at HOYS with Dannii Thexton. This will be his first trip to London.
Bryncarreg The Bandit
The Welsh section C, who also competes as a working hunter, is heading to London for his owners Christine Phillips and Charlotte Laurens. He is produced by Katy Marriott-Payne, who finished third with him at HOYS this year, and will be ridden by Kimberley Bates at the London final.
Owned by Leisa Woodward, the New Forest stallion, who is a former HOYS winner, and Rebecca Penny picked up their qualification at the BSPS Heritage championships.
Dukeshill Pearly Spencer
The consistent Welsh section A and Victoria Harker will be heading to London for the second time for owner Jenny Harker. The stallion’s career CV includes a win at the Royal Welsh as a two-year-old and placings at both HOYS and the RIHS under-saddle.
Shilstone Rocks River Dart
Chloe Chubb qualified the Dartmoor stallion, a HOYS and RIHS finalist this year, at the BSPS Heritage championships. She will pass the reins to Emma Lucas in London.
Ridden by Terry Clynes, Ciaran Kelly’s six-year-old Fell stallion was also a HOYS and RIHS finalist during 2022, his debut open season. He qualified for London at the BSPS Heritage championships after winning his best of breed class.
Wortley Golcar Lily
Produced by Aimee Devane, Gillian Simpson’s home-bred Welsh section B mare has consistently been to HOYS and the RIHS under-saddle. In London she’ll be piloted by Amber Thorpe.
Wishaw Red Admiral
Simone Harrison’s home-produced nine-year-old Welsh section D took the SEIB Search For A Star M&M championship back in 2021, and he has similarly excelled in the show ring this season, finishing fourth at the RIHS and narrowly missing out on his HOYS pass.
Latijn V.D. Helling
Owned by Claire Connor, the first-season Shetland stallion and Aliya Khan were crowned supreme M&M ridden champions at the Royal Highland Show. At the BSPS Heritage championships, the pair picked up their ticket in the small breeds semi-final, but also won the best of breeds Shetland class the following day.
Lucy Heygate’s 11-year-old Connemara, who is home-produced by Lucy from her family farm, will be making his second appearance in London, after qualifying this year at South of England.
Westown Wild Fire
Sarah Weston’s home-bred Dartmoor stallion qualified under his producer Sarah Parker at the BSPS summer championships. In his debut season under-saddle in 2021, he won at HOYS and finished second at the RIHS. This will be his debut at the London finale and he will be ridden by Gemma Pallett.
The eight-year-old Shetland lifted the Exmoor and Shetland of the year crown at HOYS in October, and he’s set to make his London debut with his usual jockey Lilly Richardson.
Susan Pool’s Connemara gelding, a former Great Yorkshire M&M supreme winner, will be heading to the big city with Lauren Beaumont, fresh from their win at HOYS in the Connemara pony of the year final.
The Welsh section D is home-produced by his owner Katy Marks and alongside booking a London spot at the BSPS Heritage championships this year, he’s been well-placed at HOYS and the RIHS.
The Welsh section C stallion, a London debutante, was a HOYS and RIHS finalist in both 2021 and 2022 with his owner/rider Hannah Turnock, who will be riding at the final for the first time.
Nipna Kitty O’Day
Julie and Anna Pennell’s home-bred Dales mare, a HOYS open and junior ridden finalist this season, will be ridden by Tayla Lewis in London, but it was her producer, Sarah Parker, who qualified her for the final at the BSPS Heritage championships.
Wildhoeve Oki Doki
Clare Fitch will be at the helm of Ruth Roberts’ Fell stallion, a former HOYS winner, a previous London best of breed winner and former RIHS reserve supreme M&M champion.
Salcombe Starehole Bay
Katy Marriott-Payne rode Felicity Thompson’s home-bred Dartmoor stallion, supreme Heritage champion at the RIHS in 2021 and a HOYS winner earlier this year, to finish reserve in the BSPS Heritage M&M supreme ridden final last season. They booked their return pass at Royal Windsor back in May.
Sam Roberts has won the supreme honour in London on multiple occasions and she’ll be back for another crack at the title under Jo Filmer’s home-bred Welsh section B stallion, who won HOYS in October and is also a successful dressage pony.
Emma Burrow’s seven-year-old Welsh section B qualified for the final at the BSPS Heritage championships. This season, he won at Royal Three Counties and was also fourth at HOYS.
The Welsh section C former H&H cover star, owned and bred by Hannah and Linda Atkinson, was reserve M&M champion at HOYS in 2018 and was placed at London last season.
The versatile New Forest has done it all for his owner Penny Sutton and rider/producer Vikki Smith, winning on the flat and finishing second over fences at HOYS, lifting the supreme of show and qualifying for London at the BSPS Heritage championships and covering mares all season.
Mary Rose Bryant’s Exmoor, supreme ridden and in-hand champion at the breed show and runner up at HOYS earlier this year, will be making his final London appearance with Mary Rose’s daughter Elizabeth Etchells, who produces the 14-year-old from home.
The 11-year-old Dales gelding, a RIHS young riders winner in 2021, is making a return trip to London this year having won the Dales breed class at the BSPS Heritage championships with Caitlin Hamilton.
Moelview Prince Charlie
Chloe Chubb’s seven-year-old Welsh section B stallion combines stud duties with his showing. He was a Royal Welsh winner in-hand, and in 2021 under-saddle he won the North of England £1000 supreme title.
Rachel Brightmore’s super Shetland, 15, and Lilly Ahern-Lee will take to the London stage for the second time, after winning best of breed, best junior and fifth overall at the show last season. At HOYS in October, the pair won the M&M first ridden pony of the year crown and stood overall mini reserve champions.
Nipna Mighty Oak
Leah May’s Dales gelding qualified for London at Westmorland County with producer Sarah Parker. Leah, who rode him to lift the Heritage supreme title at the BSPS summer championships, will steer him in London.
Steppers Relight My Fire
The six-year-old Welsh section D, owned by Lisa O’Rourke, is produced by Aimee Devane who qualified him for London on his first attempt at the BSPS Heritage championship show. Ashleigh O’Rourke will pilot him in London, after riding him to finish fifth at HOYS in October.
Sarah Parker qualified the Welsh section B for London at the BSPS Wales direct qualifier, but Sarah’s eight-year-old son, Owen, will ride him in the 2022 BSPS Heritage M&M supreme ridden final. The gelding has been a prolific contender in both working hunter and flat classes for Sarah, qualifying for both HOYS and the RIHS in both spheres.
Gillian Simpson’s Dales pony hit the headlines when he won the Picton novice championship as a five-year-old last year, with his producer Aimee Devane. In 2022, he finished second at HOYS and won the direct large breeds qualifier for London at the BSPS summer championships.
Nipna Midnight Rambler
The Dales stallion will be making his second visit to London, after winning best of breed and finishing third overall last year, for his breeders Julie and Anna Pennell and producer Sarah Parker. Other results on his CV include winning the supreme ridden championship at Royal Windsor last year. He qualified for London after taking champion at Suffolk County.
Samantha Walker watched her daughter, Lilly, win with the gelding at HOYS in October, but producer Lauren Brill will take the reins in London. The Welsh section B was also third in the open final at HOYS with Lauren, and he qualified for London at the BSPS Heritage championships.
Alisa Vines’ home-produced Connemara stallion, nine, has previously placed fourth at HOYS and the RIHS, and will be visiting London for the very first time.
The consistent Highland gelding, who is owned by Jane McNaught, qualified for London at the BSPS Heritage championships, where he was also open ridden champion, with his loaner Katie Common. He’s been runner up at HOYS twice and was also supreme ridden Highland at the Royal Highland this year.
The Welsh section C and his rider Jodie Haywood are both London first-timers. The stallion’s career highlights include winning at the RIHS and finishing second at HOYS.
Amanda Sharmans’ Connemara stallion, seven, and Lucy Glover have qualified for both HOYS and the RIHS for the past two seasons and he’s set to make his debut at the London final.
Harris Of Mendick
Aileen Curle’s Highland stallion is produced by Brian Williams and he has won a total of eight HOYS qualifiers over his career. In 2017, he was best of breed in London and he booked his return ticket this year at the BSPS Heritage championships.
Salcombe Frowder Cove
Felicity Thompson’s home-bred Dartmoor won the RIHS and was second at HOYS during his five-year-old season in 2019, and he returned to his producer Katy Marriott-Payne this year ahead of the BSPS Heritage championships where he qualified for London and won the restricted ridden championship. Alice Tomlinson will ride him in the 2022 BSPS Heritage M&M supreme ridden final.
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