The recent Welsh Home Pony International Show at Wales & West saw fierce competition for Horse of the Year Show qualifying tickets in the 128cms and 138cms classes – the first three in each booking their place at Birmingham in October.
Two Hertfordshire riders claimed HOYS tickets in the 128cms class; Jodie Hall McAteer ran out the winner on her mother Mandy Hall’s My Little Sweetheart with Amy Barrett in the final qualifying place on board Julie Barrett’s Gelvin Castle Grey. Splitting the two was Daisy Deakin who made the long journey from Newcastle-on-Tyne worthwhile, riding Felicity Deakin’s Red Hot Patootie into second place.
Mid-Glamorgan’s Joshua Bridge headed the 138cms qualifier on board Kelly Bridge’s Silkan JJ while his fellow countryman, Morgan Carpenter (Holywell), finished in second on his father John’s In The Dark. Faye Adams from the West Midlands took the last ticket on Alison Brooks’s Dycott Masterman. The only other rider to post three clear rounds, Emma Shingles from Southampton riding Frances Shingles’ My Bugsy Malone, just missed out on HOYS when finishing fourth.
England couldn’t quite manage a clean sweep in the Home Pony International Team classes, heading the 128cms and 138cms sections but succumbing to the Irish when finishing second in the 148cms section. In the England 128cms team were Drew Walton (Preston, Lancashire) on Bureside Buttons, Murka’s Matthew’s Girl ridden by Scarlett Charles from Hampshire – whose father, Peter, rode the deciding clear round in Team GB’s Show Jumping Gold medal at Greenwich – and the two girls from Hertfordshire, Amy Barrett, this time on board Pussy Cat Doll, and Jodie Hall McAteer on My Little Sweetheart.
The 138cms team consisted of Leonie Aitkenhead (Lincolnshire) on board Little Miss Ebony, another rider from Hertfordshire, Jordan Gann on Barney, West Yorkshire’s Jessica Hewitt riding Rapkyns Paddy Day and Olivia Poole from Shrewsbury riding Oakhurst in the Spotlight.
Giving best to the Irish in the 148cms team were Somerset’s Charlotte East riding Sequoia True Legacy, Berkshire’s Leah McCrady on board Maximus Gladiator, Devon Armstrong (Oxfordshire) on board Sheridan’s Archangel and Beth Vernon from Mansfield Woodhouse in Nottinghamshire on Cinderella Girl.
Devon’s Chloe Burrough headed the Pony 1.0m Derby. Riding Claire Burrough’s Leo, she posted a double clear and a jump-off time of 39.28. Just over half a second behind her was Holly Sharp from Wrexham riding Anneli Lewis’s Llanigon Storm with Hannah Hughes (Mid-Glamorgan) taking third after a rolling a pole in the jump-off on Michelle Hughes’s Millennium Flight.
However, Hannah had her reward when taking the Pony Welsh Derby with the only clear in the first round. James McLachlan from Devon was the fastest four-faulter on Neil McLachlan’s Picadero with Violet Welch from Lenham, Kent, taking third on board Tabatha Drake’s JM Jagwaar.
Full results can be found on www.the showground.com