In the Showing World arena, Rosemary King and Gail Chapman had a busy time judging the LEGO Friends M&M Junior Ridden Pony of the Year at Stoneleigh Horse Show. The classes were well contested as there was a HOYS ticket up for grabs for each mountain and moorland breed.
The Welsh section A pony stallion Malby Mahyong ridden by 11-year-old Kizzie Lucas took champion. Kizzie has already competed five times at Horse of the Year Show which is quite a record for someone so young.
Travelling from Skegness to collect her HOYS ticket was the reserve champion Maria Brown and her Dartmoor pony Treworgan Atlantus. “They tried so hard all season to qualify, having been disappointed at missing out on qualifying at Lincoln County Show where they were placed joint first, but missed out by just one mark,” said Maria’s mother.
In the NPS/Baileys Horse Feeds M&M Ridden Championship there was a ridden class for each of the 12 individual breeds. The Welsh section D class kicked off the section with 25 coming forward in front of the large breed judges. The bay stallion Swchyrhafod Brenin ridden by Miss Michaela Wood took the honours after giving a faultless performance to get her HOYS qualifier.
Throughout the M&M classes the judges were kept busy with 21 in the Connemara class and 19 in the competitive Highland class. The 10-year-old stallion Carlung Lewis won the Highland section taking the HOYS ticket with Emily Flint. “I can’t believe it!” said Emily. “I just wanted him to do a good show.”
In the small breeds, Welsh section A Blisland Echo with rider Samantha Darlington who won her class and went on to be crowned the NPS/Baileys Horse Feeds M&M Ridden Champion of show.