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Another day of Awesome Achievement at The Pony Club Championships

Another jam packed day at Cholmondeley Castle, with smiles and surprises all round, and some spectacular results for Meynell Hunt’s Holly Clarke.

Overall winners of the Open Team Show Jumping were the visitors from the Republic of Ireland Rebecca Yorke, Aisling McGreal, Rebecca Lyons and Edel Whyte from the Longford Branch.

In the National Competition, the North Cotswold Hunt team of Tabatha Rogers, Holly Osborne, Amy Hine and Gus Langsbury topped the podium by the narrowest of margins; they finished on a score of 222.47 to beat the Area 9 combined team who got 222.7. They said they felt ‘ecstatic’ with the win and talked about how team spirit lifted them. 

Over in the Intermediate Individual Show Jumping a delighted Victoria Lee took the win for the Iveagh Branch riding Duffy. Victoria said: “I hoped to get in the placings, but to win is a real surprise! We had a couple of rubs in the second round but my Duffy really looked after me.” Victoria and Duffy mainly compete in Show Jumping but do all sorts of Pony Club activities. She thanked DC Vanne Campbell and Coach Micky McCann.

After a competitive Intermediate Dressage ride-off, it was a win for the Blackburn & District’s Ricki Riley and My Noble Valentine for the Blackburn and District Branch. Holly Clarke was runner up with one of her two rides in the competition, Gingerbread IV. Holly, who also rode Red Dandy and got a 1st and a 2nd in her arenas, returned to the podium with her Meynell Hunt Branch teammates Holly Ball and Georgina Brennan to collect two team winner’s rosettes; one for Gingerbread IV and the other for Red Dandy.

There were more delightful displays from Holly in the Intermediate Dressage to Music, kindly supported by the Worshipful Company of Loriners, as she took the top spot on Gingerbread IV. An overwhelmed Holly said her wins were ‘shocking,’ particularly as Gingerbread IV isn’t primarily a Dressage pony.

In the Pairs Dressage to Music competition, victory went to Evie Hardwick riding Roxlan Jasper and Molly Robinson riding Maid You Look for the Bramham Moor Hunt. The pair were surprised to have won, having entered the competition because their horses look alike and after doing a bit of last minute tweaking. They rode to modern music as this suited their horses, and chose songs from Bruno Mars, Olly Murrs and George Ezra.

The Just Chaps Junior Mounted Games Championships thrilled onlookers, and topping the podium were the Atherstone Hunt team trained by Matt Clingo. The team were ‘really happy’ to have won, and said everything went to plan on the day. They have only been a team for two months and trained weekly. 

Our Senior Blue Cross Horse and Pony Care Championships were highly competitive; with teams giving it their all to take home the beautiful Carole Wasdell shield. For the second consecutive year the winners were the Old Berkshire Hunt team of Alicia Lee, Sophie Oakland and Eleanor Hubbard. They didn’t expect to win, and just came along to ‘have fun.’ They spoke about how they all specialise in certain areas, so together they can cover most subjects. 

Tomorrow we have Eventing, Show Jumping and Mounted Games, where the final two Horse of the Year Show places are up for grabs.

Don’t forget to look out for our team of incredible NFU Mutual Mentors who are lending a hand to anyone in need of support.

A full timetable can be found HERE

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

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