DIAMONDS Are Forever claimed the supreme Horse of the Year championship at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) at the NEC, Birmingham.
THE eight-year-old gelding, by Diamond Hit, owned by Annabel Jenks had earlier in the day been awarded the riding horse of the year title ridden by Allister Hood.
In the supreme the ride was given to Allister’s son, Oliver, while Allister opted to ride last year’s supreme winner, Caroline Tyrell’s Our Cashel Blue, which had won the cob of the year title.
After winning the Mountain and Moorland (M&M) Mini Pony of the Year for the third time, the Welsh Section A gelding Thistledown Van-Der-Vaart by Maestir Valient, went one better to take the supreme pony of the year title ridden by Olivia Brightmore and led by Sharn Linney.
The Connemara, Skaergaardens Delicious Love took the top spot in the hotly contested M&M Pony of the Year championship ridden by Kelly Jones. The five-year-old home produced mare, by Wirtsmuhle Delaney’s, was bred in Denmark.
Standing reserve was the Welsh Section D champion, Ballynacoy Prince, a 13-year-old dun stallion, ridden by Beth Simons.
Beverley Malim’s Catriona of Meggernie ridden by Alice Homer, took the honours in the Junior M&M ridden pony championship. Earlier in the week the six-year-old mare by Noah of Meggerlie had taken the ridden Highland Pony of the Year title ridden by Scott Dixon.
Connemaras reigned supreme in the M&M Working Hunter Pony championship with the top spot going to Laburnum Richard, a 10-year-old gelding by Rynn Richard ridden by Amy Smith. For the second year running the reserve champion rosette went to Gwerniago Gethin, an eight-year-old Welsh Section D gelding ridden by Ashley Bird.
Robert Walker rode Jill Day’s lightweight hunter, six-year-old View Point, by Loughahoe Guy, to victory in the Show Hunter championship two years after claiming the same title with its brother, Vantage Point.
Reserve went to Bella Malim’s middleweight winner, Bloomfield Valhalla, a five-year-old by Lux Z, ridden by Jayne Ross.
A five-year-old in its first open season lifted the Hack of the Year title. This was Young Lochinvar, a son of Kilvington Scoundrel, and winner of the small hack section, ridden by Alison Talbot.
Reserve went to last year’s champion and the large class winner, Elusive, another by Kilvington Scoundrel which is owned by Suzannah Welby and ridden by Jo Bates.
Home-produced Archwood Romeo Gigle retained its 138cm Children’s Riding Pony of the Year title ridden by Madison Dalley but this year the 12-year-old gelding by Rotherwood Gigolo went one better the win the overall riding pony championship. The second placed 138cm pony, Victoria Clark and Jane Lucas’ six-year-old gelding, Holnicote Hot Toddy took the reserve champion rosette.
Mini Show Ponies
Taking the Mini Show Pony championship was the first ridden winner, Woodview Shangri-La, a 10-year-old mare by Woodview Filidori owned by Katrina Kozersky, ridden by her daughter, Alina.
Standing reserve was the lead rein winner, five-year-old Small Land Toy Story, ridden by four-year-old Beatrice Taverner-Jordan and led by John Harvey.
Show Hunter Ponies
In the show hunter pony section, the championship went to Kativa Dumbledore, the 153cm winner. The eight-year-old grey gelding is owned by Dawn Weston and ridden by Tierney McKinnon.
The winner of the 122cm class, Greendown Monsoon took the reserve title for Henrietta Till ridden by her daughter, India.
Working Hunter Ponies
The intermediate section winner, Tinka’s Flash took the Working Hunter Pony championship ridden by Hannah Sloan. Reserve champion went to the 133cm class winner, Birkinbrook Arabella ridden by Matilda Lanni.
In the very popular coloured section it was a double triumph for Martin Wood who claimed the champion and reserve rosettes. Supreme went to his five-year-old Irish Sports horse, Doorleys Prince, ridden by Simon Charlesworth, winner of the non-native horse class. Taking reserve after winning the native pony class for the fourth time was Login Lucky Lad ridden by Michaela Wood.
On the final night of the show Woodhouse Miss Dynamite by Moorfield Manor Mac, claimed the Shire Horse of the Year title giving Martin Fountain a second successive win in the championship.