Romeo Gigles his way to vic­tory

Home-pro­duced Arch­wood Romeo Gigle claims the show pony ti­tle with 13-year-old Madi­son Dal­ley, while Emma De­whurst lands her first in­ter­me­di­ate win

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A SE­RIES of pol­ished, con­fi­dent per­for­mances cul­mi­nated in a ma­jor tri­umph for home pro­duc­ers when Madi­son Dal­ley, 13, landed the cov­eted Kathleen Wood show pony ti­tle.

Her part­ner, the former SEIB Search For A Star vic­tor and reign­ing Royal In­ter­na­tional (RIHS) Pretty Polly supreme, Arch­wood Romeo Gigle (Jack), was pre­vi­ously pro­duced by Team Jinks in York­shire but joined the Dal­leys in South Wales af­ter win­ning his 138cm class with Madi­son here last year.

“Our aim was just to try to win the class again if we could — as home pro­duc­ers we never dreamt we could be cham­pion,” said Madi­son’s mother Leah. “Mad­die has lessons from Jess Prichard but does all the school­ing with Jack her­self. He’s an ab­so­lute plea­sure to pro­duce — he needs very lit­tle work­ing in, does ev­ery­thing with a smile on his face and lives a ‘nor­mal pony’ life.”

The re­serve award for Martha Jobling-Purser and the 138cm run­ner-up Hol­ni­cote Hot Toddy was also re­mark­able, as although Martha’s par­ents bought the pony from the home-pro­duc­ing Clark/ Lu­cas fam­ily in the sum­mer, he has re­mained with them and Martha sat on the six-year-old for the first time the evening be­fore the class here.

His usual rider, Zara Clark — third in the 138cm class on her now-re­tired Rhos Em­peror — had a great week, also part­ner­ing the 153cm show hunter pony (SHP) Whelp­ley Watch­man to third place on only her sec­ond out­ing with him and tak­ing ninth with the ev­er­green 143cm SHP Rhosyr El­iz­a­beth.

The in­ter­me­di­ate ti­tle went to Lan­cashire with Emma De­whurst aboard Emily Whit­field’s Jean Wright-pro­duced small win­ner, Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) debu­tant Park­gate Royal Visit Wil­liam. This was a first HOYS in­ter­me­di­ate win for Emma, but sadly her last ride in the sec­tion as she is now 25.

“I just went in to give it my best shot, but Wil­liam was amaz­ing,” she said. “He’s like

a gift that just keeps on giv­ing.”

Class run­ners-up, Sammi El­liott with Cindy Di­lasser’s home-bred Sutton Grange

Lady Eleanor, stood re­serve. It was a great show for Cindy, as Freddy Whar­ton won with his home-pro­duced 143cm SHP Sutton Grange Fancy That and Sammi fin­ished sixth in the large in­ter­me­di­ates with an­other HOYS first-timer, Sutton Grange Amaz­ing Grace.

EMO­TIONAL VIC­TORY

DAWN WE­STON’S eightyear-old 153cm SHP Ka­tiva Dum­ble­dore gave Devon-based Tier­ney McKin­non an emo­tional first HOYS class vic­tory. Tears flowed in earnest, though, when the pair went on to take the Binks sec­tion ti­tle.

“I’ve been rid­ing him since he was four, and his best re­sult here was sec­ond in 2015,” sobbed Tier­ney. “He’s been very suc­cess­ful but has only done four shows this year — I wasn’t ex­pect­ing this!”

Re­serve went to In­dia Till with her con­sis­tent 122cm win­ner Green­down Mon­soon,

bring­ing pro­ducer Katy Carter’s tally to two wins, one ti­tle, one re­serve and four plac­ings from her eight charges. “I’m so thrilled for ‘Mon­soon’,” Katy said. “He’s a proper lit­tle show­man with a real swag­ger, but he’s never re­ally had his mo­ment un­til now.”

The yard’s top spot came cour­tesy of Alina Koz­er­sky, 10, who claimed the Price mini ti­tle with her mother Ka­t­rina’s charm­ing first rid­den vic­tor Wood­end Shangri-La, now back with Katy who pro­duced him orig­i­nally for her daugh­ter Poppy.

Re­serve here went to John Har­vey’s ex­quis­ite five-year-old lead-rein vic­tor, Small Land

Toy Story, rid­den with equal de­ter­mi­na­tion by his cousin’s daugh­ter Beatrice Tav­ern­erJor­dan, four, to post a first HOYS win for her­self and the pony.

A change of tac­tic paid off for Dum­fries-based Han­nah Sloan when her ath­letic chest­nut Tinka’s Flash not only gave her a first HOYS win — head­ing the Na­tional Pony Society (NPS)/ Snuggy Hoods in­ter­me­di­ate work­ers — but then pro­duced a tremen­dous gal­lop to net the Sloan fam­ily a first sec­tion ti­tle.

Flash, re­serve here in 2013 with Han­nah’s brother, Stu­art, has had a tremen­dous 2017 sea­son which in­cludes the RIHS and Bri­tish Show Pony Society (BSPS) Desert Or­chid cham­pi­onships.

“Last year we did loads of prepa­ra­tion be­fore HOYS but he tends to get bored,” said Han­nah. “So this time we did noth­ing at all — he hasn’t com­peted since the BSPS cham­pi­onships in Au­gust. He tends to be bet­ter when he’s a bit spooky but I was pray­ing he would be­have!”

Re­serve went to the other end of the size scale in the form of 133cm vic­tors, Matilda Lanni and the reign­ing RIHS and BSPS Gold Cup cham­pion Birk­in­brook Ara­bella. It was a first HOYS win but Matilda’s fi­nal ride on the 12-year-old, who will be taken on by her younger sis­ter Coco.

Madi­son Dal­ley lands the show pony ti­tle with home-pro­duced Arch­wood Romeo Gigle. ‘He’s a plea­sure to pro­duce — he does ev­ery­thing with a smile on his face and lives a “nor­mal pony” life’

In­ter­me­di­ate win­ner Emma De­whurst (Park­gate Royal Visit Wil­liam)

Alina Koz­er­sky cel­e­brates the mini ti­tle with Wood­end Shangri-La

Tier­ney McKin­non and Ka­tiva Dum­ble­dore fin­ishes top of the 153cm

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