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Meet HOYS supreme pony Coco Bongo *H&H Plus*

Continuing our series on horses and ponies we can’t wait to see after lockdown, Alex Robinson profiles the little grey who made history at the 2019 Horse of the Year Show

Coco Bongo

Age: 11
Breeding: unknown
Owner: Will Calder
Riders: Chloe Lemieux and Jessica Calder
Greatest achievements: HOYS 133cm working hunter pony (WHP) of the year, overall WHP champion and supreme pony; BSPS Desert Orchid WHP final champion; first 133cm WHP and nursery stakes Royal Highland show; second RIHS 133cm and nursery stakes (all 2019).

Owner Will Calder

“We bought ‘Bluebell’ from friends of ours in Inverness. They purchased her from Ireland a couple of years before and had just done some local showing with her. It was our current producers, Russell Skelton and James Munro, who said we should give her a go. ‘She’s been out of work and she doesn’t look much at the minute, but she can certainly jump,’ they said.

“My daughter Jess rides her in nursery stakes classes. Last April we stopped at a friend’s on the way to the British Show Pony Society [BSPS] winter championships and Jess broke her wrist. I turned to social media to find a jockey, and Chloe Lemieux replied. Chloe and Bluebell won twice that weekend and Chloe kept the ride in the open 133cms for the season.