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Mini-Major Thrills the Crowds at Olympia

The Pony Club Mini-Major returned to Olympia on Sunday 17 December, seeing Pony Club Members pair up with a top international rider in a thrilling competition to each complete a Show Jumping round in the quickest time, with the fewest faults.

Top of the tree this year was Tynedale Hunt Member Poppy Deakin (11) and Munsboro Plunkett, or Oscar, who finished in 19.16 seconds. The pair jumped alongside Laura Renwick, who is Poppy’s favourite rider and Britain’s leading lady show jumper. Laura rode eight year old chestnut mare, Shiraz ll.

“This is my best win ever!” said a delighted Poppy, whose perfectly executed tight turns secured the win by over one second. “I am so happy and proud of Oscar to have won at Olympia in such an amazing atmosphere.

“I expected the rest of the combinations to be fast, but I knew Oscar could do it; he’s a very speedy pony.”

Poppy has owned fifteen year old Oscar for just four months, and their future looks bright. Poppy added: “I haven’t had Oscar very long and I am looking forward to doing more shows on him.” Poppy’s sisters Kersten and Daisy had previously taken part in the Mini-Major in 2008 and 2011 respectively.

Runners up were Iveagh Member Robert Russell who rode Newtown Black Guy to finish on 20.92 seconds with his celeb partner, Bertram Allen. Bertram is Robert’s hero, and the pair met in 2016 at Dublin Horse Show where Bertram gave Robert some tips for success. 
Other places are as follows:

• 3rd –  Thomas Bradburne (11, Old Berkshire Hunt) riding Runaway Dolly with Francois Jr Mathy riding Falco van de Clehoeve (20.92 seconds)
• 4th –  Kym Moore (9, Tullylagen) riding Smoke Gun with John Whitaker riding Crumley (30.08 seconds)
• 5th –  Connie Mensley (8, Quorn Hunt) riding Gemstone Sienna with Amanda Derbyshire riding Billy Lemon (34.18 seconds)
• 6th –  Savannah Roper (9, East Aberdeenshire) riding Glen Hill with William Funnell riding Billy Fanta (78.65 seconds)
• Non-placed – Simone Leathem (12, Iveagh) riding Mohill Sundance with Anna-Julia Kontio riding Contella
• Not classified – Sophie Wicks (10, Furness & District) riding Bubbas Delight with Guy Williams riding Casper de Muze

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