BRITISH native breeds were highly successful at Hall Place autumn novice show in half term. The event was kindly sponsored
BRITISH native breeds were highly successful at Hall Place autumn novice show in half term. The event was kindly sponsored by Centaur Photographic of Theale. Despite the threat of bad weather the turnout was good for showing in the indoor arena and showjumping on the all-weather track.
Oaklands Wellgood Willow, an Irish Draught foal was the winner of youngstock. Karen Hankin, from Tidmarsh, was the winning handler for the first class. Sophie Bird with Dime had a successful show, winning best condition stable kept and best coloured. Dime is a four-year-old Welsh cross.
The best chestnut winner was Welsh D mare, Candy. This was the first show for both Candy and owner-handler, Vanessa Smith from Caversham who was delighted with the win rewarding her hard work preparing for the show! Candy is a nine-year-old mare kept at Mapledurham.
Welsh C, Joyton Copper Beach, took first place in mountain and moorland large breeds, with Stacey Kremer from Tidmarsh. Joanne Moss with her traditional cob took the ribbons for family pony. Joanne travelled from Amesbury, Wiltshire with 15.1 hands London Lad. Winners of each class were delighted to receive Centaur photoshoot vouchers from sponsor Alec Whitby.
Judges Mrs Jane Gaut and Miss Angela Wood conferred together to decide best in show. The championship went to New Forest pony, Lola, winner of mountain and moorland small breeds. Lola is owned and ridden by Leanne Greatorex from Popley, Basingstoke. They received trophy, rosette, sash and voucher from the British Equestrian Trade Association.
Hall Place, Reading, is now looking forward to the Christmas show — more jumping, pony games and a visit from Father Christmas on Sunday, December 15. The schedule and 2014 fixtures are available by visiting www.hall-place.com