Bury Farm on 9 June marked the halfway point of the SEIB Insurance Brokers Search for a Star 2019 qualifiers.
The day saw a great turnout at this Buckinghamshire venue with a high standard of entries put forward. The ponies and their riders that earned their tickets to the Search for a Star Mountain and Moorland championship at Your Horse Live are all very much members of the families that own them.
It’s a family affair
In the small breeds section, the winner was Jolie Darton riding her own palomino Welsh section A gelding, Nanfforchog Blue Romishe, known as Remy at home. Showing for this pair is a family effort.
Jolie shares Remy with her seven-year-old son, Oscar Darton. Jolie rides Remy at the shows and Oscar rides him at home, hacking out and jumping him.
Jolie is self-employed and works as a domestic cleaner around riding and a few grooming jobs. She and Oscar have owned Remy for 18 months and been off out to several shows, mainly competing in working hunter pony classes.
Jolie said: “We are over the moon that we have qualified. We will aim at doing Equifest and also some riding club shows over the summer, but our main goal will be to have plenty of fun.”
Dave does it
Another palomino took the runner-up spot and the second Your Horse Live ticket in the small breeds. This time it was Claire Ward with her own Welsh section B gelding, Slades Golden Brown (known as Dave at home).
Claire said: “He went so well at Bury farm and tried his heart out. We did the local shows up to last year and now we have been stepping up to a bit more. He is very flashy but can sometimes be anxious.
“I am going to plan ahead for Your Horse Live and make sure that we get plenty of advice on getting everything right for the big day.”
Long lost brothers
In the large breeds Mountain and Moorland class, Claire Kinsley and her Highland pony, Memphis of Millfield took top spot.
Claire said: “We are very excited to have qualified for Your Horse Live. It should be a great learning experience for both of us. I haven't had chance to visit Your Horse Live for a few years so I am also hoping to have a look around.
“Two years ago I saw Memphis advertised for sale as a 6-year-old and realised he was full brother to my 2-year-old Mannochmore of Millfield who I bought as a foal and had been delighted with.”
‘He was shot in the head three times’
The runner up in the large breeds class, Danielle Remblance and her Welsh section D, Davada Billy the Kid, have overcome all odds to have qualified.
Davada Billy the Kid, known as Terra, was left fighting for his life two years ago after being shot three times in the head with an air rifle whilst out grazing in his field. Danielle has nursed him back to full health following this senseless attack.
Danielle said: “When I first started riding Terra both he and I were complete novices and learned to ride together. That day when I went out into the field and saw he had terrible puncture wounds in his face we couldn’t work out what had happened. Several times we very nearly lost him from his injuries.
“It took us two days after the incident to piece together the fact that he had been shot twice near his eye and once in the cheek. We took him for x-rays and he still has all three bullets in his head.”
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