‘She walked in as if it was her right’

At 17 years old, brood­mare Broad­stone Dolce Vita gives an in­jured Billy Mo­ran his first Cuddy win­ner

Horse & Hound - - Showing -

IF ever a horse “owned” a ring, it was Pearl Un­der­wood and Billy Mo­ran’s brood­mare Broad­stone Dolce Vita (Dee) in the Cuddy supreme in-hand fi­nal. From the mo­ment she strode to vic­tory in the horse sec­tion, look­ing fresh as a daisy with her ex­u­ber­ant Tiger At­tack foal at foot, the Broad­stone De­mon­stra­tor 17-year-old oozed pres­ence to cap­ti­vate judges Pat Stir­ling and Bev­er­ley Daf­furn.

Later, un­der the evening spot­lights, there was no deny­ing Dee as she grew in stature, main­tained a per­fect rhythm and out­line, and again dis­played her pow­er­ful walk and trade­mark el­e­vated trot.

“This mare came into the ring look­ing as though she was there to win,” said Pat.

For Billy, fifth here with Dee in 2015, it was an emo­tional mo­ment. Af­ter 25 years of breed­ing, this was his first

Cuddy win­ner — and first ever ap­pear­ance in the main arena.

“In her sec­tion I was ex­cited but not ner­vous,” said Billy. “But in the evening, it was a dif­fer­ent story. When that cur­tain parted, it was an eye-opener for me but she just walked in as if she knew it was her right. I wanted it so badly for her and when her name was called out, I was re­ally choked.”

Billy was also bat­tling a flareup of a se­ri­ous mus­cu­lar in­jury.

“My leg was so tightly strapped up, it was a miracle I could run at all,” he ad­mit­ted. “But in sit­u­a­tions like this, you don’t feel the pain.”

The tri­umph was spe­cial for Pearl’s daugh­ter Amy too, who suc­cess­fully cam­paigned Dee un­der sad­dle as a rid­ing horse, stand­ing sec­ond here in 2011 and third in 2013 when the mare was car­ry­ing her first foal.

“Dee is the ul­ti­mate show horse,” said Amy, whose fam­ily met Billy by chance while on a horse-buy­ing trip. “Billy told us he’d al­ways ad­mired Dee af­ter see­ing our pic­ture in H&H, and asked if he could have her as a brood­mare when she re­tired.”

This term, Dee took ti­tles at Ham­ble­ton — where she was over­all supreme — Mid­land Coun­ties and NPS sum­mer cham­pi­onships, be­fore land­ing the £1,000 Martin Wood supreme at the BSHA na­tional cham­pi­onships for the sec­ond year run­ning.

A LIFE­TIME ACHIEVE­MENT

RE­SERVE went to the top pony, Iain Al­mond and Caro­line Cochrane’s three-year-old hunter type Lit­ton Sal­vador, co-pro­duced by Diane Hen­ning and Ian Boy­lan. This was an­other team cel­e­brat­ing their first ever Cuddy win.

“This is a high-qual­ity an­i­mal,” said Bev­er­ley Daf­furn. “He is cor­rect, has great limbs, was well turned out and shown beau­ti­fully.”

The son of Pick­mere Sirocco was bought as a year­ling. His sea­son has in­cluded the Bri­tish Isles supreme at the NPS Spring Festival, a feat he re­peated at the sum­mer cham­pi­onships.

“He’s very level-headed and su­per easy to work with,” said Ian. “It just goes to show that no mat­ter how small your team is, if you work hard and have good sup­port, you can achieve won­ders.”

Pearl Un­der­wood and Billy Mo­ran’s Broad­stone Dolce Vita (by Broad­stone De­mon­stra­tor) claims the Cuddy in-hand supreme sash at the age of 17

Lit­ton Sal­vador (by Pick­mere Sirocco) takes the in-hand pony ti­tle

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.