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An Array of Achievement at The Pony Club Championships - Day 2

Day two of The Pony Club Championships, kindly supported by Berkeley Group, saw an array of action today at Chomondeley Castle, Cheshire.  It was a day jam packed with action, with competitors showing their skills in Dressage, Show Jumping, Polocrosse, Mounted Games, Horse and Pony Care and Dressage to Music!

In the Vibac 3D Worming Open Individual Show Jumping it was a win for Lucy Morgan (22) from the Monmouthshire Branch with Cannavaro. “I am absolutely over the moon, as I just missed out last year, and it’s probably my last year in Pony Club, so I decided to just go for it!” said an excited Lucy, who also called Cannavaro her horse of a lifetime. Lucy went on to comment that being a part of The Pony Club Rider Development Pathway had also been a fantastic opportunity, and also thanked her Branch District Commissioner, Area Rep and coaches Andrew Williams and Helen Dawson.

The NAF Superflex Open Dressage saw the Old Berkshire Hunt Team of Max Warburton (17), Jack Whitehead (18), Sasha Hargreaves (15) and Siobhan Heneghan (14) take the top slot, with Jack Whitehead winning his respective arena (B) individually. “We are all really shocked!” said the team who didn’t realise their success until they arrived at prize giving.

In the NAF Superflex Open Individual Dressage it was tight at the top and, after the Ride Off of the top 12 from the earlier arena placings, it was Maddi Briggs (17) from the Garth Hunt riding Real Dancer who resisted the pressure and produced the solid winning score of 72.71%.

There was also success for Matilda Haley (14), who made sure the long drive from the Deeside Branch paid off, taking the top honours in the Open Individual Freestyle Dressage to Music Competition, supported by the Worshipful Company of Loriners. Finishing on a score of 77.14%, well ahead of her competitors with Watch Me! Matilda commented “I am so excited and pleased, Watch Me! was amazing. I am hoping to go to Sheepgate Equestrian for the U25’s championships next, then it’s home to Scotland to train for the 2017 season when I hope to move up to Advanced Medium level. Thanks to my Cathy Burrell and of course my parents for driving me all the way here”.

In the NFU Mutual Polocrosse the North Warwickshire Branch team Katie Loutsiou (18), Danny Woodward (18), Chris Milburn (25), Fin (14) and Tegan Bristow (12)  and Theo Cornforth (14), fought hard to take the Malden Championship; involving teams of three Junior and three senior Members, to help encourage and support younger players. The team thanked Chris Milburn for coaching them and North Warwickshire Polocrosse manager Gill James; Chris Milburn extended his thanks to The Pony Club and noted how great it was that Pony Club Polocrosse as a sport had grown so much in recent years.

The Blue Cross Junior Horse and Pony Care Championship saw a closely fought final, with the Sir Watkin Williams Wynns team of Naomi and Pip Young and Kate Rutherford coming out on top on a score of 486, just one point ahead of their nearest rivals from the Chipping Branch.  “We were 5th last year so to come back and win a year later is unbelievable” commented the team; who also thanked thanked Tonia Rutherford who helped coach them to the win.

The Stonar Novice Eventing saw the Essex Hunt North team of Ella Caton (16), Emily Pohl (15), Georgie O’Connor (14) and Alice Caton (14) clear of the competition to take the top slot. The team was absolutely ecstatic and said the win was unexpected and ‘a lovely surprise’ before thanking their parents, Branch District Commissioner and their horses.

Over at the Equi-trek Intermediate Mounted Games it was a good day for the Llangeinor Hunt team, who finished over ten points ahead of their rival teams on a score of 53 points to take the win.

Sunday’s action is underway and see’s a multitude of sports across the day, including Intermediate level Dressage and Show Jumping, Senior Horse and Pony Care and Junior Mounted Games.

Keep up to date with all the latest results and news via our Championship Website

A full timetable of events and further information can be found HERE.

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