Nettex British Native Pony Associated Championships
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A returning king of the show ring, a 10-year-old champion and a host of dual title winners were amongst the many highlights at the Nettex British Native Pony Associated Championships, the final event in 2018’s 10-strong series (15 – 18 November).
Moelview Prince Consort is no stranger to success in the show ring and once again the Welsh poster boy was in the ribbons today, enjoying a day out in the dressage arena for a brief change of discipline. His rider, Sam Roberts, is equally as qualified, with a CV full of showing titles to the highest level. Their trip to the Nettex Associated Championships saw the duo claim both the Novice and Elementary pure-bred titles with two strong 69% scores.
Speaking after her emphatic first win, a proud Sam took to Facebook to praise her winning partner and team:
“Consort the champion! Today he was crowned Nettex BD Native Pony Elementary champion. What a day, one of the judges scored him with 74%! Absolutely over the moon, what a superstar of a pony. Words can’t express how much love, joy and charm this pony has and I’m so lucky to play with him. A very big thank you to Jenny Hadland and Richard Lovejoy for all their support. Helen Skirton for keeping him with me. We’ve has a bumpy road at times! Alice Oppenheimer for her help & encouragement. I’m not a dressage rider nor claim to do it properly at all, but my boy just seems to love it.”
After winning the Intro full-bred class, 10-year-old Fi Grabham is surely the only one in her class at school with a National title to her name. The East Sussex-based young rider not only won her class, but also achieved the highest score of the show with an outstanding 74.13%. Her dancing partner, Waxwing Pocket Money, showed experience beyond his six years and impressed the judges panel consisting of Sue Staines and Alison Pepper.
Rachel Jordan and Susan Bullock each took home two titles from the Championships. Rachel and her full-bred Welsh mare Glansiedi Kira Nerys (pictured) achieved their best results on their third trip to the Native Pony Championships. Starting her journey with Rachel as a project horse, ‘Kira’ showed her style with wins in the Advanced Medium and Prix St Georges classes. The duo have progressed from Novice to Prix St Georges in three years.
Susan Bullock also did the double in the Medium and Advanced Medium part-bred Championships with her own 12-year-old Lynwood Crofter, a handsome chestnut bred at the Coventry-based Lynwood Stud. Susan and ‘Ernie’ have been a partnership for seven years and have notched up some super results and regional team appearances on their journey through the levels.
Congratulations to all winners and those who took part in this hugely popular event, the standard was high in every class and each winner had to perform to their very best standard to be in with a shot at taking home the prizes. Thanks go to the team at Vale View EC and to title sponsors Nettex for their generous support of this incredible series of championships.
Fi Grabham with Waxwing Pocket Money, 74.13%
Tahnee Burgess with Normoss the Duke, 63.37%
Prelim full-bred A
Emma Kelly with Greenwing Steptoe, 69.57%
Prelim full-bred B
Elizabeth Styler with Grovewestparc Raven, 71.21%
Isabel Ritchie with Stambrook Lovejoy, 69.40%
Sam Roberts with Moelview Prince Consort, 69.73%
Samantha Britton with N’Ice Lad Mon Ami, 68.15%
Sam Roberts with Moelview Prince Consort, 69.29%
Annabel Coller with Twylands Tiffin, 67.05%
Abigail Doherty with Brohedydd Miss Molimia, 67.43%
Susan Bullock with Lynwood Crofter, 67.37%
Advanced Medium full-bred
Rachel Jordan with Glansiedi Kira Nerys, 65.99%
Advanced Medium part-bred
Susan Bullock with Lynwood Crofter, 63.16%
Prix St Georges full-bred
Rachel Jordan with Glansiedi Kira Nerys, 63.42%