SEAHG Summer Show -
17th June 2006
We were blessed again this year with perfect weather for the duration of the show – all be it a little hot for those in tweed!
Ridden classes report
by Susan Blore
Pictures by Rowena Alameddine - Equipix
The first open ridden class of the day was a little delayed due to Richard Mills suffering a puncture on the M25. But he was keen to get started as soon as he arrived at the showground. It was however a little disappointing that less than half of the entered Geldings were actually forward in the first class.
This was, however, a very strong section with everyone chasing the HOYS ticket. My personal favorites were Brede Gitano and Anazeh, his tail is fantastically long and must be a photographer nightmare!
The initial lineup was headed Anazeh ridden by Jo Woodward, but a minor indescretion on the judges ride relegated him to 4th. The eventual class winner also taking the HOYS ticket was Brede Gitano owned and ridden by Nicola Winkworth, with Elustarius, owned by Miss C Trigg and ridden by Katie Davis in second and Valletta Madirigal owned and ridden by Miss G Rees in third.
The mares swiftly followed on, this time with more horses forward.
My eye’s were constantly drawn to Shamila Amira and I was very pleased when she was pulled in first on the initial lineup. But ever the bridesmaid, her final placing was second. Shamila Amira is owned by Mrs J Brand who has not seen her mare for some time as she lives at the other end of the UK in Aberdeenshire! The class winner also taking the HOYS ticket was Shakirah, owned by Mrs Edwards and ridden by Victoria Ayling.
Shakirah ridden by Victoria Ayling.
|Those of you who follow the group shows will remember Shakirah at the Spring show last year – she was my tip for the novice championship, but was unsettled in the lineup and missed her chance. She has matured in the last year and is definatley a mare I will cheer on at HOYS.
| This class produced a mixture of rides and a horse to take full advantage of this was Red House Zindarella. Initially pulled in 6th, she gave the judge a very nice ride and was moved up to third.
A short break to re hydrate and then on with the Stallions.
Only 5 stallions were forward and I loved them all.
All behaved impecably although willy waving seemed to be on all their minds. This is definatley a man thing!
The eventual class winner was Al Galero, owned by Ms Duggan and ridden by Katie Davis. He gave a foot perfect ride to clinch the title from Nimb who took the HOYS ticket. Ridden by Crispin Mould and owned By Mr T Aggad, this stallion definitely catches the eye with his metallic coat. He was known as the Golden stallion in Poland.
Third place was taken by Adawy, owned by Emma Maxwell and Miss Biles, who was also in the saddle. Adawy has the most beautiful head and glorious eye and definatley prooves that beauty is not just for the inhand ring, but can also be ridden.
The championship was nail biting. I had no idea who Mr Mills would pick – even though I was his steward!
No individual show was asked for – mainly due to the heat, but the decision had already been made.
Al Galero was called in as Champion, with Brede Gitano in reserve.
Anglo’s and partbreds were judged in the afternoon by Miss Elizabeth Needham.
The first class forward was Anglo’s over 14.2hh. All bar one entered horse were forward for judging and the class went to Victoria Ayling riding her own Nateek
This mare was produced by Victoria some time back and she recently found out that the mare was for sale and bought her as a fun project. They will now hopefully be contending the Cherif as they also took the ticket in the class. Second place was awarded to Spicegirl, who as always, gave a polished performance. With Mountwood Royal Flight in third.
The Partbreds over 15hh only had three forward, but was still a strong class. The winner was Night Shadow ridden by Alice Heaver, with Mister Perkins in second, ridden by Phyl Lovell.
My favorite though was the third placed Harvards Panache. A very flashy chestnut gelding who never fails to amuse me. I have to admit to being biased though as I have shown him myself, much to the amusement of his owner, Sarah Nundy. His forte is Endurance but he turns his hoof to anything and likes to make the showring more fun!
Partbreds 14.2hh – 15hh with only three forward, was won by a very eyecatching dun, Challaborough Tiger Moth owned by Miss Jackman and ridden by Jo Woodward. Second place was taken by Oldcourt Blue Falcon owned by Mr and Mrs Aungier, with Alpha Centauri in third. Owned and ridden by Chloe Heaver, this mare was also Reserve in the Novice ridden Championship.
Unfortunatley, only one horse came forward for the Anglo’s under 14.2hh. This was Fantastica, owned by Mrs Johansson-Massey. It is horrid to see only one horse in the ring, but this mare had a very successful day with a two wins inhand to her credit.
The championship was taken by Challaborough Tiger Moth with Nateek in reserve.
Three horses came forward for the Veterans class.
A polished ride round and individual show handed the class to Monique Rose riding her own Ludette. In second was Chiddock Wild Mink owned and ridden by Katie Collier, belying his 28 years with plenty of energy and enthusiasm. Third place went to Chieftans Girl, owned and ridden by Miss Campbell, again with energy to burn.
I would have to say, coming from experience, they get worse as they get older!
|Only four riders came forward for the Intermediate young riders class.
Winging their way to Malvern for the final are two sisters.
Chloe Heaver on Alpha Centauri took the class from her older sister, Alice, riding Night shadow. Both were over the moon to have qualified and are looking forward to the final. They are both very strong contenders and are definitely ones to watch in the future.
Chloe Heaver on Alpha Centauri
|Unfortunately, I cannot comment on the novice classes, as I was too busy stewarding the opens, but can say that the Novice Championship went to Mrs Theobalds Highlander and reserve, as prevoiusly mentioned, was Alpha Centauri. Appologies to all those who I cannot mention.
As for the supreme ridden championship. Being a little late in the day, not many horses entitled to come forward did. This was judged by Amanda Heath and Elizabeth Needham. Unfortunatley Richard Mills had a previous engagement and was not able to attend the Supreme.
Our three champions were asked to go round as a class and were then called in.
Both judges then rode horses they had not previously seen in the day.
I’m sure there was plenty of nail biting outside the ring – there was defiantely plenty going on inside the ring!
A short discussion between the judges gave a unanimous winner.
Challaborough Tiger Moth was called in Supreme with Al Galero in reserve.
Challaborough Tiger Moth ridden by Joanne Woodward