Sue Hughes and Sarah Parker’s 2010 Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) and Olympia triple crown winner, Pumphill Buckthorn, brought a cheer to raise the roof when he lifted the inaugural NPS supreme native pony title.
The charismatic Dartmoor, beautifully ridden by Sarah Challinor, earned his place in the final line up when taking the working title on Wednesday.
Carol Bardo and Mandy Hughes’s magnificent cob, The Humdinger, lived up to his name to post a record third consecutive CHAPS coloured title.
Competition was stronger than ever this year and the form book was overturned in most classes. The Humdinger, however, was a clear winner and moved rider Jayne Webber to comment: “He’s a very special horse and it’s been a privilege to ride him.”
Reserve was rather more of a surprise. James Munro had Angela Scott’s six-year-old plaited horse, So Pretty, right on song to win her class and the pair put up another foot-perfect performance in the international arena.
Alexandra Hollings made her final ride on the Woods family’s Snaafi Bright Spark, 16, a winning one when heading an exceptionally strong plaited pony class, and Sarah Ambler’s second-placed plaited horse, Endeavour — who also competed successfully in hunter ranks — also retired.
Chris Patrick and the Blands’ working native stallion, Cassius, repeated their 2009 class victory, cementing a successful season which saw the pair take the champion pony and reserve supreme coloured awards at RIHS.
Rebecca Harvey had a momentous final ride on the 138cm victor, Broadgrove Showman, to take the show pony title. This crowned a season which began with the novice and open titles at Windsor.
Another in-form combination, Poppy Carter and the four-year-old 128cm winner, Rotherwood Rainmaker, put in a rock-solid performance to stand reserve. Despite his youth, the mannerly bay was also champion at RIHS this year.
Yet another partnership came to an end in 148cm ranks, where Alice Greenwood posted her second HOYS win on the Hollings-produced Crafton Touch of Gold, who has been sold.
The ridden Arab title went to veteran rider Andrea Boyle with her remarkable 18-year-old gelding, Maleikero.
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Friday showing results
CHAPS coloured (A Collins, Mrs J Hart) plaited pony.– 1, M Woods’ Snaafi Bright Spark; 2, A Hood’s The Panda; 3, K Pritchard & R Maynard’s Bryntegllwynau Daffodil. exc 153cm.– 1 & res, A Scott’s So Pretty; 2, A Ambler’s Endeavour; 3, H Patterson’s Shybont Beandance. unplaited, pony.– 1, J Bland’s Cassius; 2, L Wright’s Moortown Frilly; 3, J McTiffin’s GW Dubya. exc 148cm.– 1 & ch, C Bardo’s The Humdinger; 2, F Quennell’s The Mighty Mop; 3, E Green’s Apollo. Hutchinsons Domestic Staff ridden Arab (S Fleming, A Mickleburgh) gelding.– 1 & ch, A Boyle’s Malakeiro; 2, A Le’vell’s OAS Vendetta; 3, L Biles’ Fferzan. Barley Hill Arabians stallion.– 1 & res, C Sussex’s Silvern Prince; 2, S George’s SG Jeddah; 3, S Wrigglesworth’s Plumbum. Al-Waha Stud mare.– 1, S Lenny’s BS Emira; 2, C Shaw’s Najahn; 3, S Rodger’s Mahdinaa. Kathleen Wood SP (C Baxter, P Hilton) 128cm.– 1, M Cartlidge’s Rotherwood Rainmaker; 2, S Dennison’s Barkway Frivolity; 3, B Moore’s Chinook Easter Magic. 138cm.– 1, S Brewis & J Harvey’s Broadgrove Showman; 2, J Templeton’s Whiteborro Telltale; 3, L Hood’s Anndalyse Tallulah. 148cm.– 1, L Fitzgerald’s Crafton Touch of Gold; 2, C Cutmore’s Roseview Limited Edition; 3, W Edgar’s Wilderness fancy Spice. Kathleen Wood SP (C Baxter, P Hilton) 128cm.– 1, M Cartlidge’s Rotherwood Rainmaker; 2, S Dennison’s Barkway Frivolity; 3, B Moore’s Chinook Easter Magic. 138cm.– 1, S Brewis & J Harvey’s Broadgrove Showman; 2, J Templeton’s Whiteborro Telltale; 3, L Hood’s Anndalyse Tallulah. 148cm.– 1, L Fitzgerald’s Crafton Touch of Gold; 2, C Cutmore’s Roseview Limited Edition; 3, W Edgar’s Wilderness fancy Spice.