Paula Holden scored 81.67% to win a prelim at Myerscough with a new ride Carolyn Claxton’s Sligo Balou Star.
Paula and the Balou De Rouet x Cavaliere Royale mare also scored 78% in a second prelim, keeping up the six-year-old’s 100% record between the white boards.
“She’s still very green so I’m just getting miles on the clock,” said Paula. “She’s small, athletic and very trainable. I haven’t had many mares but she’s just a dream girl.”
The young entry was very much in evidence in the novice 23, with nine-year-old Izzy Caldwell winning on Bantiss Holy Joe.
Izzy, who got the pony at the end of April, has competed in two prelims — gaining a second and a first — before Myerscough, which was her first attempt at a novice.
The Cheshire rider first heard about the pony through Janet Horswill at the British Young Riders Dressage Scheme (BYRDS) camp at Somerford Park earlier in the year. Although Irish-bred, Holy Joe is part-bred Welsh, and is by Holyoake Czar out of a Pendley Moonshine mare.
Janet herself won the prix st georges (PSG) at Field House EC, riding her Don Bosco x Consul mare Doris Day. Now 12, the mare was bought in Germany as a foal, but has had a fairly quiet time over the past few years.
“I’ve been studying for a postgraduate diploma in professional practice in sports coaching for my UKCC level 4,” explained Janet, former director of BYRDS.
“It’s been really interesting working with other sports and seeing what we can bring into ours, but it’s nice to have the time to get out and compete again.”
‘She’s small, athletic and very trainable — she’s just a dream girl’ PAULAHOLDEN ON SLIGO BALOU STAR
Former BYRDS director Janet Horswill claims a PSG with Doris Day