DARTMOOR HILL PONY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016.
KINGSBRIDGE SHOW, 2016
The IN-HAND CHAMPIONSHIP was a new course run AGAINST THE CLOCK. The OPEN RIDDEN CHAMPIONSHIP was a new course designed to test the obedience and schooling of the pony. The CHAMPIONSHIP RIDERS EIGHT AND UNDER was a new course for ponies on leading rein.
The weather at Kingsbridge was the worst possible, with driving rain and a high wind. This made the BEST TURNED OUT CLASS a matter of luck, and trying to remember what the ponies looked like before they were soaked, and the riders/handlers before they shrouded themselves in waterproofs. The score sheets ended a sodden mess, which were deciphered once we got home but, the way the ponies and people battled through showed just how tough these ponies are (as well as their owners). By the time we had finished the rest of the show had been abandoned as it became too dangerous to ride and the Dartmoor Hill Ponies were the last to leave the field (of battle)!
FIRST and CHAMPION and the CURIOSITY CUP: Summerhills Mouse led by Christine Phillips.
RESERVE CHAMPION: Monkie led by Jess Howells
RIDDEN OPEN: CHAMPION: Leightor Charlie, ridden by Molly Leigh, owned by Caroline Owen and bred by Mr. Simon Partridge of Poundsgate.
RESERVE CHAMPION: True Love Dreamy, owned and ridden by Louise Cummings and bred by David Skelley, Shaugh Prior.
RIDDEN UNDER EIGHT YEARS OLD: FIRST AND CHAMPION: Michelcombe Rosie, owned and ridden by Lizzie Warren-Blackwell and bred by Michal French, Holne.
RESERVE CHAMPION: Summerhills Mouse, owned and ridden by Merryn Phillips.
Left: Leightor Charlie
Right: Summerhills Mouse
RESULTS OF QUALIFYING SHOWS 2016:
SPOONERS HUNT SHOW – 24/04/2016
FIRST: Michelcombe Rosie – Kerry Warren Blackwell
SECOND: Monkie – Jess Howells/helping Lewis (5 years)
FIRST: Michelcombe Rosie – Lizzie Warren Blackwell (6 years)
SECOND: True Love Dreamy – Louise Cummings
Michelcombe Rosie was bred by the Frenchs near Holne
True Love Dreamy (Fin) was bred by David Skelley, Shaugh Prior
EARLY SEASON PONY SHOW (Modbury Harriers) (24/04/2016)
FIRST: Basil, 28 years, owned by Heather Venmore
SECOND: Barramore Red, 4 years, owned by Tedda Caunter.
Basils antecedents were lost in the mists of time but Barramore Red was bred by Mrs H. Pearse of Barramore Farm, North Bovey
FIRST: Godsworthy Ginger – ridden and owned by Shona Redshaw
SECOND: Leightor Charlie – owned by Carolyn Owen
Godsworthy Ginger was bred by the Abel Brothers, Tavistock
Leightor Charlie was bred by Mr Simon Partridge, Poundsgate
DARTMOOR HUNT SUPPORTERS CLUB SHOW, CHALLONSLEIGH (30/05/2016)
In-hand: Barramoore William, 3 yr old gelding, owned and led by Mrs T Caunter
Ridden: Monkie, 10yr old bay gelding, led by Jess Howells and ridden by her nephew Lewis.
DAWLISH HORSE SHOW (05/06/2016)
Unfortuately there were no Dartmoor Hill Pony Qualifiers at this show.
COCKINGTON RIDING CLUB HORSE SHOW (03/07/2016)
In-hand: FIRST: Lady, dark bay mare 19yr old. SECOND: Paddington Bear, roan gelding also 19yr old. Both ponies led by Jess Mayoh.
Ridden: Poppysocks, skewbald mare 19yr old owned and ridden by Mrs. Dawn Allansen.
1997 must have been a truly vintage year for Dartmoor Hill Ponies.
A super show, and so well set out for horses/ponies! A good entry in the in-hand show but sadly only one Dartmoor Hill Pony, who did sterling work with two young brothers, both under seven. As they were the only Hill pony riders, we stretched a point and let them both qualify!
The same thing happened in the ridden class, the pony, MONKIE, is a saint.
It was interesting to see that the only other pony that the owner knew where it was bred was a striking Bodmin Moor Pony. Such a shame that these great childrens’ ponies are usually of “breeding unknown”.
Another super show, with huge crowds, and a hot day. Both In-hand and Ridden classes were won by Lizzie Warren-Blackwell, with her grey mare MICHELCOME ROSIE bred on Holne Moor, and the other in-hand qualifier was FOXWORTHY again bred on Spitchwick.
The first Agricultural show to hold the Qualifiers for the Dartmoor Hill Pony Championships, the first were held there six years ago.
Once again there was a record breaking entry in the In-Hand class of eighteen, with fourteen forward and six in the Ridden with four forward.
In the In-Hand class had SUMMERHILLS MOUSE, SUMMERHILLS CYGENT and LITTLE MISS MUFFET qualifying. The first two bred on spitchwick and the last, a very pretty skewbald mare, bred on Widecombe. There were also three qualifiers here as there were more than ten entered.
In the Ridden a bay gelding SHALLOWFORD WILLIAM bred on Spitchwick, qualified, with his stable companion SUMMERHILLS MOUSE joining him.
In-Hand and qualified: FIRST: Little Whizz. There were no other Dartmoor Hill Ponies in the class.
Little Whizz is a grey mare owned by Finlake Riding Stables and has taught uncounted numbers of children to ride in her long career.
In-Hand and qualified: FIRST: Shallowford William led by Christine Phillips. The other two ponies were not Dartmoor Hill Ponies.
Ridden and already qualified: Summerhills Mouse,