Horse & Hound
‘A TEMPERAMENT TO DIE FOR’
TWINS Melanie Firth and Kathryn
Pitts were celebrating when their home-produced four-year-old,
Romanno Anais Anais, won her first season show horse class.
The enchanting chestnut, ridden here by Melanie
(pictured), was a big winner in-hand — including standing reserve in the Cuddy qualifier at Royal Three Counties as a two-year-old — and has already made her mark under saddle.
“We bought her as a foal from breeder Jennie Gilchrist on her recommendation, and we certainly haven’t been disappointed,” said Melanie, who won on their novice riding horse debut at NPS Area 15 and qualified for Hickstead at the BSHA Spring Show. “Noo” also competes in dressage but Kathryn suffered a major setback 10 weeks ago, breaking her pelvis in a freak fall.
“We then didn’t want to risk Noo on the hard ground, so she only got ridden about four times in six weeks,” added Melanie.
“She was well placed in a HOYS qualifier and did really well at Equifest; she also scored more than 60% in two dressage tests. She’s shown from the field and has never been rugged. She has a temperament to die for: she’s gone to shows without any work for two weeks and you can get straight on her without any issues.”