Horse & Hound

‘A TEM­PER­A­MENT TO DIE FOR’

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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.”

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