The penultimate qualifier for the new SEIB Search for a Star Mountain and Moorland Championship was help at Alnwick Ford Equestrian Centre in Northumberland on 8 July. Three riders in the class went home with a ticket to ride at the final, to be held at Your Horse Live, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on 9 November 2018.
Taking first place were Charlotte Marshall and Pentrefelin Ladykiller, a smart Welsh section D, who she has owned for five years. She says: "I can't believe we've won. We have done a bit of showing at local level and a few county shows and we generally go just to have a nice time. So to win this is an absolute bonus. Charlie isn't always the easiest but we go and try to get on with it."
Alicia Gee and her mother Emma Howard's Connemara pony Eastlands Banker took second place. "I'm really excited to be going to Your Horse Live," says Alicia. "Bertie is just the best behaved pony and this will be the first time we've done anything like this."
Third place went to Abigail Walton and Welsh section C, Corstan Rihanna. Owned by Abigail's mother Alison, Rihanna is fifteen-years-old Abigail's pride and joy. "This is fantastic," says Abigail. "She is only six and not massively experienced. It's all a bit of a shock.
The SEIB Insurance Brokers Search for a Star Mountain and Moorland Championship is open to pure-bred ponies ridden by amateur riders. The classes are open to riders 12 years and above and are judged 50% on performance and 50% on conformation.
The final qualifier before the final at Your Horse Live is at Vale View Equestrian Centre, Leicestershire on 5 August.
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