Monday, 20 November 2017

Poppy power

The first of three Mini Cross Country events was held in June at Hall Place Equestrian Centre, Reading.

The first of three Mini Cross Country events was held in June at Hall Place Equestrian Centre, Reading.

The events are designed with courses and jumps which are encouraging for inexperienced and novice horses and riders.

Edward Jones, from Pangbourne, was the winner of the Mr Men stakes.

He was riding Abbisfields Pandora, 13.2 dark bay mare aka Bea, owned by Mr and Mrs McClelland. Eddie, aged seven, also took special place for best rider 10 years and under.

The party time pairs was won by a newly formed partnership - Kacey-Jo Iremonger riding Poppy and Imogen Reed also riding another pony called Poppy.

The pair only teamed up in the collecting ring a few minutes before the class, but they decided who should ride in front and co-operated well to make sure they stayed together.

Kacey-Jo, 11, is from Swallowfield. Imogen is a member of South Berks Pony Club and has jumping lessons with Richard Selleck at Thurle Grange, Streatley. She has also taken some cross country lessons at Hall Place with senior instructor Rob Brown who has cured Imogen’s fear of banks!

Rosie Williamson and Atlantic Anni, from Baughurst, were placed first in the Doctor Who stakes and Ben Wyatt with Dell Boy took the ribbons in the 2’3 final class.

Dell Boy is a six-year-old Irish Sports horse cross who started jumping with Ben earlier in the year. This was their first cross country event. Ben said: “I’m really pleased with the way Dell Boy performed and even more so to have won!”

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