Horse of the Year Show 2007: Supreme horse, supreme pony, working hunter pony, lead rein, first ridden, show ponies

  • Robert Walker and Broadstone Doulton took the final showing accolade at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS), the pair clinching the supreme horse of the year championship.

    Paul Atkinson’s Demonstrator-sired eight-year-old had taken the riding horse title earlier in the day, and returned to the international arena to give a breathtaking display.

    “He is an outstanding horse, who was very well ridden” agreed judges Dr Wynne Davies and Mike Tucker.

    Charlotte Dent and Waxwing Thumbs Up clinched the overall supreme pony championship. Winners of the mini M&M title on the first day, the five-year-old son of Waxwing Hurricane rose to the occasion on his first appearance in the international arena. “This is a lovely pony who didn’t put a foot wrong,” said Dr Wynne Davies and Mike Tucker.

    After a run of second places, Alice McCullagh and Folly II made the top spot when it counted. After producing a fabulous round to win their 143cm working hunter class, Alice and the nine-year-old grey mare went on to take the working hunter championship ahead Rebecca Crosbie-Starling riding Mystic Napoliana.

    After finishing second to Mystic Napoliana in the 153cm working hunter class, 16-year-old Callum Barnes took the Topsec intermediate working hunter of the year title with the Irish-bred Noble Rockstar.

    Having his first ride at Horse of the Year Show, Callum produced one of the best rounds over the tricky rustic course. “It is an amazing result,” said the Cheshire rider.

    Mini show ponies brought the curtain down on a hectic five days in the Caldene Arena. The final champion and reserve were both four-year-olds and came from the lead rein section. Harriet Dennison took the tricolour riding Hightopps Dancing Bee, with Poppy Carter and Chagford Lewis standing reserve.

    Don’t miss H&H’s full report on all the showing action from the Horse of the Year Show, including fantastic photographs, in this Thursday’s magazine

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