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

Horse & Hound - - Contents - By GILL KA­PA­DIA

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.”


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.


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

Emma Board­man.

“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”.


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.

Twelve-year-old Lauren

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

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