For only the second time in its history, a working hunter pony landed the Dick Saunders supreme pony title at the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead on August 2.
Susie Eddis had Beat The Boss on top form to claim the overall accolade, having won their 133cm class en route to claiming the WHP championship.
“It was a technical course that asked a few questions, but he jumped the best he ever has,” said 13-year-old Eddis after their round, adding that Boss used to be a show jumper.
It is the first time since 2010 that a working hunter pony has claimed this supreme, following in the hoofprints of Pebbly Pipe Dream. And it was all the more special for the Eddis family because they are entirely home-produced — a major achievement.
“We haven’t come back down to earth yet,” admitted Eddis’s mother, Polly, on Monday, August 3. “I’m still heading out to orbit! We are absolutely over the moon and flabbergasted. We are totally home-produced — if you can consider our funny ways being ‘produced’ at all — and the ponies are very much the children’s pets. At the moment, Boss is out in the kitchen garden with a trampoline, cricket nets and several hens.”
Beat The Boss is a 16-year-old chestnut gelding by Clap Your Hands out of Jingle Bells.
“He really is a superstar at whatever he turns his hand to. He’s an absolutely amazing pony and very, very dearly loved,” added Eddis.
Image: Susie Eddis an Beat the Boss at Hickstead, by Equinational, courtesy of the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead