Rebecca Raine and My Country Belle compete at the CHAPS Summer Championships
‘The ugliest foal’ blossoms into a supreme champion, patience pays off for one up-and-coming producer and some diminutive stars outshine their larger rivals
A HOME-PRODUCED traditional pony, bred and ridden by his owner, sparkled his way to the Harrison Civil Engineering supreme ridden championship at the end of four days of top class competition, which showcased some of the most beautifully produced coloured progeny in the country.
Rodney Trotter, an eight-yearold son of the prolific winning stallion Del Boy, produced a flawless display in the final championship to the noisy appreciation of the crowd and the delight of his rider Emma Jayne Scott, who confessed she nearly hadn’t stayed for the supreme and only did so to please her connections.
“I am utterly overwhelmed,” she said. “There were 14 beautiful animals in there and I never expected to win. This is a real career highlight for Rodney Trotter and me.”
The duo had kicked off the show in fine style, winning the prestigious Rees Family king of the ring ridden championship on Thursday evening but then, with only one more class to contest, Emma Jayne had considered going home to Rossendale in Lancashire, where she combines her equestrianism with working for the family skip-hire company.
“Both Rodney’s parents are piebald and we had hoped for a black and white filly,” she said. “Rodney was the ugliest foal and we were so disappointed. We didn’t cut him until he was three to give him time to grow. We have only campaigned him lightly and I think that was the right decision
as he has really blossomed in the past year. We wouldn’t swap him for anything.”
Rodney is now bound for
Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) after winning at Lincoln County, where he stood champion.
“My supreme winner had his ears forward the whole time and just smiled,” said judge Emma Boardman. “He gave the most beautiful display — it looked so effortless.”
Taking the reserve supreme sash was Kevin Lee and Julie Nuttall’s Daized N Amused, a 10 part-bred Arab gelding by Limehurst Descant out of Maraday Mockingbird. Kevin has had the home-bred gelding on loan for the past six years and describes him as a true allrounder. He won the open large plaited class and his working performance section as well as the dressage to music on Wednesday evening. He has also stood partbred Arab champion here for the past three years.
“We have qualified for HOYS for the past four years,” said Kevin. “We also compete at elementary level dressage and he qualified for the British Dressage national finals last season.”
CAR PARK PURCHASE PAYS DIVIDENDS
SIAN WARMAN-RANDALL broke her CHAPS championship duck in style, winning a raft of accolades, including standing eventual second reserve supreme with Claire Comer’s Diesel V.
This impressive seven-year-old cob, another with the moniker “breeding unknown”, was bought for a song in the car park of Beeston market in Cheshire, where he was spotted by Claire’s father Derrick.
“I’ve never won a sash here before so this all feels quite surreal,” said Sian, who is in her second season as a professional producer. “Diesel has a real ragsto-riches story. He was so difficult when he first came to me and refused to stand still. I used to hack him out and make him stand in different places for 15 minutes with my head groom George Moss, who has played a massive part in our success this week.”
The team’s dedication has certainly paid dividends as the horse won the Turbo HH championship and the Clarendon coloureds overall ridden horse championship before posting another flawless performance to stand second reserve supreme.
Sian recently suffered a family bereavement and says that her horses and her clients have been instrumental in getting her through this difficult time.
History was made in the Harrison Civil Engineering supreme in-hand championship when producer John Cutts led Tayla Lewis’ Lostock Uptown Funk (Stevie) to victory for the second consecutive year.
“He is pure quality and is in a class of his own,” said judge Emma Boardman.
This exceptional, free-moving young gelding, now aged two
and a half, also won the Rowen Barbary Horse Feeds king of the ring in-hand championship earlier in the week, again shown to perfection by John Cutts. He was bred by CHAPS (UK) chairman Caroline Hamilton at her Lostock Stud in the Derbyshire Peak District and is destined for a ridden career with Tayla. His sire, Lostock Huntsman, is a former HOYS champion and his dam, Up To D, a HOYS winner.
Tayla, a former reserve ridden supreme champion herself with Lindeth Dream Catcher, first saw Stevie when he was six months old.
“I adored his mum and when I saw him I knew he was special,” said Tayla. “We plan to turn him away for the winter and then break him towards the end of next year.”
Stevie has had a stellar season, standing supreme in-hand champion at CHAPS Midlands and CHAPS Yorkshire and champion at the Festival of Hunting.
LITTLE RAZAMATAZZ SHOWS OFF
LUCIE GORDON-BURGESS enjoyed a spectacular final evening when she won the Clarendon coloureds ridden pony of the year final and the Canaan Farm home-produced supreme award with Jane Turnbull’s home-bred eight-yearold Burghwallis Razamatazz.
Measuring just 133cm, this pony was one of the smallest in the ring but, proving that size really doesn’t matter, he simply outperformed his larger rivals. Lucie’s success is even more remarkable as she has been riding this pony for just six weeks and was attending only her second show.
“We have bonded quickly but he is a very special pony,” said Lucie, 17, who is studying A levels at home in Melton Mowbray.
“I plan to do some dressage with him and he jumps as well so he will have plenty of variety.”
Although not HOYSbound this year, Burghwallis Razamatazz, who is by the traditional sire Tuckers Travellers Gift out of a Welsh section C mare, has competed at Birmingham since he was four with his previous rider, Sue-Helen Shuttleworth.
Another pony who pulled off something of a giant killing act was Jayne Purcell-White’s home-bred traditional yearling filly Abbotswood Diva, who beat some superb rivals on her way to landing the Academy of Health and Diet youngstock
supreme championship. Diva was the smallest pony in the final reckoning, but with her fabulous front and lovely turn of neck — beautifully shown by Beth Faulkner — she presented such a pleasing picture for judge
“Diva is something of a miracle as her dam, Good Queen Bess, was 28 years old when she gave birth to her,” said Jayne, who hails originally from New Zealand and describes her passion for breeding coloured horses as “my guilty pleasure”.
CHIPMUNK SIGNS OFF WITH A WIN
SATURDAY was an emotional evening for the Airey family as it marked the last appearance on the lead-rein for their evergreen campaigner, 18-year-old Southhill Farm Chipmunk. Chipmunk has taught Phoebe, Willow and finally Walter to ride, and duly marked his retirement by winning the Bourneside Stud mini title, ridden by Walter and led by his mother Jill. Walter and Chipmunk also made a successful first-ridden debut, classes Chipmunk will continue to compete in.
Collins took the Canaan Farm junior supreme championship with her mother Stephanie’s lovely traditional mare Dixie Chick. The pair gave a polished performance in the buzzy atmosphere as
Lauren chalked up her biggest win to date.
Not to be outdone, Lauren’s youngest sister Lacey, six, finished amateur reserve champion earlier in the week on another superstar schoolmaster, Toplines Sunshine Liberty, who has taught the three Collins sisters to ride and who headed the amateur lead-rein division led by Stephanie.
Winning the overall amateur championship and the Granger Show Team CHAPS UK junior/ intermediate rider accolade was Cilmaengwyn Romany
Lad, owned and home-produced by Sophia Chambers from Builth Wells. The pony was purchased over the telephone by Sophia’s mother Lisa, who had seen him previously. He has repaid her faith by taking his HOYS ticket and standing champion at the Royal Welsh with Sophia, who hopes to become a professional producer next season.
Blue Shamrock, Victoria Ward’s striking blue and white mare, won the CHAPS UK Hamilton Tarmac restricted supreme championship for the
second year running, ridden by Terri Guyett. The eightyear-old former broodmare, of unknown breeding, was only broken last January and is in her second season with Terri.
This year she has chalked up several wins including standing champion at Suffolk County.
This show had six rings running over four days, with evening performances each night. It ran like clockwork and the organising team must be congratulated for their efficiency.
Bought ‘for a song’ in Beeston market car park, Claire Comer’s Diesel V takes two championships piloted by Sian Warman-Randall
Jane Turnbull’s Burghwallis Razamatazz, ridden by Lucie GordonBurgess, stands ridden pony of the year and home-produced supreme
Daized N Amused’s haul includes a consecutive part-bred Arab title
‘A career highlight’; Rodney Trotter — by Del Boy — who has ‘blossomed’ this year, stands supreme ridden champion with Emma Jayne Scott in the saddle
Amateur and junior rider champion, Sophia Chambers, on her home-produced Cilmaengwyn Romany Lad
Southhill Farm Chipmunk, ridden by Walter Airey and with mum Jill leading, takes the mini ridden pony title on his lead-rein swansong