Drew Walton lands the big one at Pony of the Year Show
Fabulous prizes, lap-tops, cuddly toys, spectacular prize-giving, tears of joy, rugs, sashes, Easter eggs and Jungle Book – it could only be Pony of the Year Show 2016! And Bury Farm did them proud, providing four days of competition and fun, fun, fun.
Drew Walton nailed every turn and Trevoulter Ladies Man cleared the last with a flourish of heels to land the JA grand prix in style and take the leading rider award.
“This was his first grand prix and I was only going to go for a clear but I got the turns and he’s shown his potential,” said Drew, on the British-bred stallion.
Georgie Burchmore Eames claimed second on the consistent Ron Burgundy and Lily Freeman Attwood on the promising Konzales Van Orchids in the nine-pony jump-off over course-designer Neil Theobold’s track.
And Georgie went one better on Ron Burgundy in the British Showjumping 148cm special.
“I’ve only had him a few months, but he has a heart of gold, he always tries and is quick and super-careful, even when he was tired after jumping the JA the night before,” she said on the 10-year-old who finished third in the HOYS 2015 newcomers with Millie Dickinson.
Tahnia Jordan Jones set a sizzling opener with a flying gallop down the length of the arena to the final fence on Oakhurst In The Spotlight and it seemed no-one could catch her. Until last-to-go Faye Sutton wiped one and a half sec from the time on Shutter Fly (pictured).
“I didn’t think I could go faster than Tahnia, but he’s naturally quick with a big stride and a galloping track suits him better,” said Faye, 13, also leading rider.
Atlanta Vallionis and Stoney Burke took third in the seven-pony jump-off.
Madison Heath set out as one of the favourites for the 128cm title, and repeated her 2015 win with Red Alert III.
“She is the best ever, she is so scopey and helps me out everywhere,” said Madison, who pulled off the riskiest of turns to the last and also claimed the leading rider award.
Alena Hughes and Mathews Girl took second with third – and the last word – going to Henry Squibb on Pussy Cat Doll.
Asked by Impact Media’s Adam Cromarty for Canter Banter what he thought about being beaten by two girls, Henry’s reply was “Ridiculous!”
Despite losing a stirrup in the jump-off, Millie Stennett registered her first big win on Stafford.
“She’s awesome. She can be lazy and hard work but honest, I just point and kick,” said Mille, 12, who is supported by Horse Zone.
Oscar Hobby took second on Sweet Delight and Emily Notman was third with Take A Chance II.
Lauren Roach topped the JC grand prix, going one better than last year’s second with Paul Kelly’s home-bred Westcoast Express.
“The track suited her, she’s good at going across fences at angles and has plenty of scope,” said Lauren, who has ridden the nine-year-old for two years.
The mare is by Fairman, and her dam – Westcoast Silver Star – was jumping in the 11-year-old and under with Alicia Heagren-Bond.
Daisy McKinlay and Spot The Go Jo was second with Lottie Tutt and Market Angel third.
Emma Crawford was JC leading rider.
Last-to-go Kallum Fletcher, 15, claimed victory in the nine-horse jump-off of the children-on-horses grand prix with Natasha Hawkins’ 10-year-old Disco III.
“He’s been jumping 1.30m classes and is on top form,” he said.
Georgina Burchmore-Eames took second on Contender B with Georgia Sims third on Clearways Angelina. Oli Fletcher was children-on-horses leading rider.
Perdi Digby negotiated all the inside turns to secure the Intermediate grand prix on Kayleighs Star and register her first big win.
Madison Heath brought My Gem Pearle into second in the nine-pony decider, with third going to Beau Ottley on Ronja III.
Jocasta Symons and Foxy Lady 55 claimed the Intermediate leading rider award.
Jessica Howard, 13, claimed the novice grand prix and leading rider with her own and Claire Darwin’s Rocky Robin, a former riding school pony.
“He’s a strong character,” said Jessica, who started jumping the nine-year-old last June.
Georgia Sims and Fairfax Hot Tottie took second with Atiya Bussey third on Ranchwood Latte.
Anna Ball only affiliated 10 months ago, and claimed the introductory grand prix on Tig Matthews’ Oakmeade Nutmeg.
“It’s my first big show,” said Anna, who has bonded with the nine-year-old she took on in September from former rider Ellie Matthews.
Abbie Ellison was second on Miss Meckenheim Megan. Lauren Roach was third and leading rider on Lady Blakeney.
Tazmin Pearson scored her biggest win in the 11-year-old and under grand prix on the nine-year-old D Amour D Amerrier.
“Sometimes she’s hard to turn and is so eager she can get into trouble, but today she was the best,” said Tazmin, 10.
Megan Trott, also leading rider,was equal second wirh Patrick Thurston on Tynan Earl Grey.
Thalia Nuttall, 9, was voted 10-year-old and under style and performance winner with Another Victory.
“He’s very sweet, a superstar,” said Thalia who began affiliated jumping 18 months ago and made her POYS debut a winning one – “I only came to watch last year.”