Paddy pounces

Five-year-old heavy­weight hunter Door­leys Prince takes the coloured cham­pi­onship at only his fourth rid­den show, but there’s tough com­pe­ti­tion from a fel­low Team Wood equine in Lo­gin Lucky Lad

Horse & Hound - - Showing -

YOUTH tri­umphed over ex­pe­ri­ence in a hard-fought CHAPS coloured cham­pi­onship where, af­ter a nail­bit­ing wait, the top spot went to Si­mon Charlesworth with Martin Wood’s hugely im­pres­sive plaited horse vic­tor, Door­leys Prince (Paddy), a five-year-old heavy­weight hunter at­tend­ing only his fourth ever show un­der sad­dle.

Team Wood ri­valry was rife, as he pipped an ul­tra-de­ter­mined Michaela Wood with her beloved na­tive stal­lion Lo­gin Lucky Lad, class win­ner for the fourth year run­ning and re­serve last sea­son too (see box, right).

Stan­dards were again high in this pop­u­lar sec­tion and all eight con­tenders fully de­served their places.

“It was very close in the cham­pi­onship, and the gal­lop was the de­cider. They had ev­ery­thing to fight for and the large horse re­ally went for it,” said Karen McTif­fin-Thomas, who of­fi­ci­ated along­side ride judge James Munro.

“Paddy did one show last year and two this year, win­ning and stand­ing cham­pion each time. He was un­beaten when shown in-hand and now he’s un­beaten un­der sad­dle too,” said a clearly de­lighted Martin, who bought the horse from Ire­land as a year­ling.

Paddy’s jockey Si­mon Charlesworth was amazed and thrilled in equal mea­sure.

“It was a mas­sive ask to bring Paddy here but he pulled it out of the bag and just got bet­ter and bet­ter,” he said. “He has a won­der­ful mind­set and the heart of a lion — he’s also one of the kind­est horses you could ever wish to deal with. He stands a good

17hh but my four-year-old son

Jac rode him back to the sta­ble.

“Paddy makes you re­mem­ber why you wanted to show horses in the first place — work­ing with him is a to­tal joy.”

Team Wood had three an­i­mals through to the fi­nale, as Katie White deputised for Michaela, sec­ond in her class on the plaited pony Palmira.

Cham­plers All­sort, a sev­enyear-old bred — and still owned — by long-term coloured sup­porter Rose­mary Ob­bard, was Palmira’s van­quisher in the strong plaited pony class. This man­nerly skew­bald mare, pro­duced by

Team Ram­say, was beau­ti­fully rid­den by Han­nah Hor­ton, who broke her in and has cam­paigned her through­out. This term’s tally in­cludes ti­tles at South of Eng­land and Stoneleigh, and a re­serve at New For­est.

Jayne Ross pi­loted Rachel McCourt’s reign­ing Royal In­ter­na­tional heavy­weight cob win­ner and rid­den coloured horse cham­pion Rock­stone Raven to head the un­plaited horses, im­prov­ing on last year’s sec­ond place. The pair also fin­ished third in the heavy­weight cobs.

“He’s a re­ally gen­uine lit­tle horse with a huge heart and en­gine,” said Jayne. “This makes him a great goer both in­doors and out­doors — a horse you can al­ways rely on.”

Door­leys Prince’s gal­lop tips the re­sult in his favour as he tri­umphs to stand CHAPS coloured cham­pion, rid­den by Si­mon Charlesworth

Cham­plers All­sort (Han­nah Hor­ton) heads a strong plaited pony class

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