Coco Bongo proved that her presence under the spotlight is as compelling as her jump when she beat off all the other pony Champions from across the week to be crowned the Ruckleigh School Supreme Pony of the Year 2019. Ridden by Chloe Lemieux, the 10-year-old grey mare is owned by William Calder, and HOYS was their fifth show together. Chloe is riding the pony in 133cm Workers while William’s daughter Jessica is currently in Nursery Stakes classes with her. After a very busy and even more successful week at HOYS, Jayne Ross added to her HOYS story when the stunning Heavyweight Hunter, Twinshock Warrior, was crowned Supreme Products Supreme Horse of the Year. Jayne had four horses qualified for the Supreme final and this was her seventh Horsae of the Year Show Supreme title. In the Showjumping arena, it was Irish rider David Simpson who claimed the Leading Showjumper of the Year title. Speaking after his win with Gentleman VH Veldhof, David said: “To win the final track of Bob Ellis’ time at Horse of the Year Show is a real honour. He is a great friend of mine and what he has brought to our sport is unbelievable.”
Robert Whitaker, blew away the opposition in the first international showjumping class of the day at Saturday’s Horse of the Year Show to win the Accumulator, a class which sees riders collect points for each fence jumped, with the winner claiming the most points in the quickest time. Also setting a quick time was Glain Watkin-Jones who jumped to victory in the Pony Foxhunter Championship with Trevor H. Snaking around the turn to the last line, the crowd were right behind the pair as they flew to the last.
The first day of competition at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 saw champions crowned from showing to showjumping. Always a crowd-pleaser Lucy Richardson’s Welsh Section A Pony Thistledown Van-Der-Vaart, ridden by her daughter Lilly, made HOYS history by winning the Colne and The Feed Shed Mountain & Moorland Mini Pony of the Year for the fifh year on the trot. Continuing the record-breaking trend during the evening performance was Nicole Pavitt, who became the first show jumper to win the Senior Newcomers Championship for the fourth time.
2019 sees a big change for Windsor Park Equestrian Club (WPEC), for the first time in the Club’s 49-year history it is moving from its home of Smiths Lawn and Cannon Ground on the Surrey side of Windsor Great Park, to its new site of Queen Victoria’s Review Ground inside the Deer Park on the Berkshire side of the Great Park. Read more
Carriage Drivers from across the Riding for the Disabled’s South East Region were out in force on Tuesday 24th July at its annual show, which was held at Felbridge Show Ground, East Grinstead. Read more
Sara Howe of Bradbourne Carriage Driving Centre in Sevenoaks, Kent competes both nationally and internationally with her team of driving ponies, representing Great Britain at the World Pony Driving Championships on four different occasions. In addition to competing, Sara regularly teaches people how to drive. Realising that her pupils were missing out on the fun of competing Sara organised here own competition and here she takes up the story… Read more
FEI World Cup™ Driving Final: Exell writes history with a record sixth win.
Words by Cindy Timmer
Bordeaux (FRA), 8th February 2015
Title defender Boyd Exell (AUS) wrote history in a dramatic 2015 FEI World Cup™ Driving Final in Bordeaux (FRA). Christoph Sandmann (GER) finished second, ahead of Exell’s biggest opponent, IJsbrand Chardon (NED). The Australian won the FEI World Cup™ Driving champion title for the sixth time, once more than the previous record holder Germany’s Michael Freund.
General Sir Mike Jackson declares new Marlborough Downs horse-drawn driving route open.
Former Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army, General Sir Mike Jackson declared open a new horse-drawn driving route across the Marlborough Downs on behalf of the Kennet Valley Carriage Driving Group (KVCDG) Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) on 2nd September 2014.