At the Stoneleigh Horse Show the first classes of the day got under way with The Price Family First Ridden Class attracting 13 young riders. The red ribbon went to Staffordshire rider Olivia Bennett with Anndalyse Sugar Plum. As the pair had already qualified, the HOYS ticket was awarded, subject to verification, to second placed Chloe Heathcote with Barkway Moonfairy, who is now in her first season of First Ridden. Today it was showing producer Robert Walker’s three year old daughter Izzy’s turn to be in the prizes, qualifying in The Price Family Lead Rein class on David Jinks’ Swanlow Lucky May.
There was large number of competitors forward to vie for the four HOYS tickets in the Underwood Working Hunter Pony Classes. Kitty Dewson on Millcroft Dow Jones won the Underwood 133cm class, but having already bagged their HOYS ticket at NPS Area 7, their ticket, subject to verification, went to Zanthe De Wesselow riding the experienced Beat The Boss. The winner of the Underwood Working Hunter 143cm’s was Georgia Price on her coloured pony, Optimist II who had also qualified for Royal International last month. Daniella Johnston aboard Ballyshiel Mr Monaghan took the Underwood 153cm class title. The Intermediates was taken by Pebbly Ptarmigan in his first ever Intermediate workers. Gus as he’s known at home is owned by local Vet, Ali Butler and ridden by Charlotte Bacon.
It was a good day for Zara Brookes who took the 128cm Kathleen Wood Children’s Riding Pony and championship with Milton Pageboy and the 138cm section with Chanlee Delightful Dan. Phoebe Rocks on Greenbarrow Mr D’arcy won the 148cm class.
The strongest turnouts of the day with 23 competitors coming forward was in the popular Equissage Pulse Ridden Partbred Pony Class. It was India Till riding her father’s Rotherwood Rainmaker, who was awarded a well-deserved first place. Kinvara Garner Worthenbury in Wrexham came in second on her pony, Alondy Dauphin.