The changing of the format to the show has turned out to be a smart move, with lots more spectators ringside yet still holding on to that prestige event atmosphere but much more up close and personal. The Open Barastoc HOTY events, the Malcom Byrne Saddlery Show Hunter Ponies under saddle were run today on the main arena.
Three years in row the Malcom Byrne Saddlery Showhunter Small pony of the year has been won by the super Leanda Hanky Panky, such a bright little character that goes in such a lovely frame and very much a showhunter type. The runner up was Wendamar Blush.
The Malcom Byrne Saddlery Showhunter Med pony was won by another very successful pony Brandy Hollow Candyman now owned and ridden by Stella Horspole. Runner up was by Emily Murray’s Raleigh Picture Perfect, great to see the children riding their own ponies onto such good wins.
The Malcom Byrne Saddlery Showhunter Large Pony was a huge class of some excellent type of ponies, after some very impressive workouts the win went to Burnewang Evermore owned by the Metherall Family and runner-up was Morningside Daybreak who came out of retirement with tiny Ebonie Lee riding and what a picture they made, such a honest mare who is 45days in foal.
Now the Barastoc Horse of the Year events, the day started with a huge class of top notch Shetlands presenting to the judges, the winner was Kristamoor Lodge Keiran owned by Jane Gerber, runner up was Thorpeville Trendy owned by Carolyne Bellman.
This Barastoc show was very special this year for one little mare, the queen of the small pony world Silkwood Angel Wings stepped out with a glint in her eye and as she proceeded to commence her workout she gave out a heartfelt whinny, as to say “I’m back” ….you see it did not matter if she won or lost today [Angel has more titles to her name than any other] she was already a winner , the dear little mare had been to hell and back, struck down with a unknown virus her life was touch and go, so to see her out on the arena carrying young Claudia was enough to fill anyone’s heart with some joy, there will never be another like her, so after reading her horrific fight back to life just seeing her out on the arena was a massive comeback and I hope we see her for many more years pass this one.
The Barastoc Small Pony of the Year was a top class of ponies and the line up was strong, but it was Argyl Royal Flush ridden by Jess Marine and owned by Andrew & Charlie Hunt that proved to be too hard to beat, the pony sat up and got the job done in super style to win the title, runner up was Maddy Ginn’s Harrington Park Symphony a neat little pony that covered the ground well.
The Barastoc Large Pony of the Year and again incredible lineup of top ponies, it must have been a hard class to judge as there was some super workouts by beautiful ponies with the sash going to Rosedale Songster owned by Lyn Warburton and trained/ridden by Chanele Hunter, after a foot perfect workout in a lovely soft frame. The runner up was View Bank Barista ridden and owned by Chelsea Clark, great class to watch.
The Barastoc Galloway of the Year and the top ten was the strongest its been in a long while, the class of show galloways presented meant it was going to come down to performance on the day. There were a number of galloways who just stood above the rest after their workouts, so it may been a tough class to judge but judges found their winner with WessWoods Magic Caste owned by Paynes, Burns & Banks, a stunning black galloway that is very easy on the eye. Runner up was seasoned campaigner Royalwood Concerto owned by Jane Shaw and ridden by Jason James.
Last class for the main arena was the Barastoc Hack of the Year, always a crowd pleaser and again this year it was a strong line up of hacks in the Top Ten spots. The winner was Willowcroft Chance Encounter owned and ridden by Courtney Remington for the second year in a row, with runner up the lovely Taittinger ridden and owned by Laura Thomas.
As we sit doing the reports and putting up all of today’s photos the International Challenge is underway …. hopefully results will come through shortly