For the first time ever, the Royal International pony supreme title has been awarded to a coloured contender.
Lucinda Farmborough’s Tambrook My Destiny, who claimed the overall coloured title this summer, was voted in as the new supreme at the Showtime Ball, held last Saturday at Hickstead, West Sussex, home of the Royal International.
Golden Tasset, the original victor, was disqualified after a sample taken in a random test showed the presence of flunixin, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It is the first time since the Dick Saunders Trophy was awarded to a pony supreme in 2002 that this has happened.
Sadly, Farmborough wasn’t present when Hattie, as the pony is known, was voted as the new supreme after ball attendees were shown video clips of the three runners-up: Hattie, Slieve Bloom Jill, mountain and moorland champion, and show hunter pony champion Wolferlow Esperanto.
“I was up at 4am to go to Barcelona so sadly couldn’t make the Showtime Ball,” said Farmborough. “But I’ve just received the news that after a vote, Hattie is now supreme, the first ever coloured to take that title.”
Farmborough’s mother, Tricia, attended the ball and said: “What a fabulous night! What a fabulous end to a fabulous season with the most fabulous team. It hasn’t sunk in yet.”
That’s entirely understandable when you think that Hattie is still only eight years old and, although she has been to the Royal International every year since her first season under saddle, she never previously even been placed.
“She is a lovely, kind mare and has given me so many amazing memories,” said Farmborough.
The supreme pony accolade is the unexpected icing on an already pretty wonderful cake.