Quality entry at NPS Summer

  • Catch up with the winners at the NPS Summer Championships at Malvern

    Bradmore Catkin claimed the ultimate accolade in the Cuddy Breeders’ Challenge at three-day National Pony Society Summer Championships at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern.

    Catkin also won the Spinningdale Championship, judged by Peter Barry from Melbourne, Australia. Reserve to Catkin was Cynthia Trodd’s novice broodmare, Jackets Vanity, with a foal at foot by Chiddock Franco.

    Mini M&Ms

    Tuesday saw just under 100 ponies entered in the M&M lead-rein and first ridden Horse of the Year Show qualifiers. Tom Prebensen picked up the lead-rein ticket with the attractive dun Welsh Mountain pony Rubilyn Rambo. Jade Homfray-Jones and her immaculately presented grey, Roseisle Tudyr Melody, headed the first ridden class.

    M&M WHP qualifiers

    “Amazing quality” was Cindy Sims’s verdict on the M&M WHP HOYS qualifiers. Reigning HOYS champion, the Dartmoor, Shilstone Rocks Rough Mountain won the small height section and took the reserve championship slot behindthe experienced combination of Polly Gredley and Grange Homeward Sparrow.

    Riversdale Master Blaster headed the large height section, but, because Katy Payne and her Connemara have already qualified, Emma Norton and Burnmoor Rhodri gained the HOYS ticket.

    Other HOYS tickets

    With more HOYS tickets on offer, the ridden show pony, show hunter and working hunter pony classes were hotly contested.

    Chris Willet led the exquisite mare Classic Charmaine, in to top place in the lead-rein class. In the 128cm, Cherryvale Royal Occasion, champion at Surrey County with Joseph Thurston, vanquished the Kent County champions, Alice Prichard and CottrellMusician.

    Top M&Ms

    Last year’s winners of the M&M silver medal final, Richard Telford and Bill Ireland’s Dales mare Kilmannan Black Pearl, again headed their section and took the gold medal over Melissa Richardson and Mrs Everest’s Dartmoor, Wynhill Seamus.

    Bill Ireland’s ponies had a good show, with Kilmannan Black Velvet and Richard Telford surviving a terrible thunderstorm to win the overall Picton novice ridden title.

    Pamela Brown and Kilmannan Jubilee had better weather for their Ffrethi intermediate championship, but had to be content with the reserve title behind the delightful combination of Laura Collett and Glenwood Caradog.

    Jackie Webb judged the supreme M&M of show, which she awarded to Eddie Tamplin’s Welsh section B stallion, Griashall Kiwi, over Sarah Hodgkins’s Connemara Atlantic Ace.

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