When 14-year-old Susie Eddis won the supreme pony title at last year’s Royal International Horse Show with Beat The Boss (pictured), she was adding to already considerable laurels. The pair had headed the 133cm class at Hickstead the year before, too, and won their class as part of the England working hunter pony squad in the Home International.
Susie and “Bossy” were also selected as part of the new WHP International competition last August, where they again won their class.
But there was more to come: on January 30, at the British Show Pony Society’s annual meeting, Eddis was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award 2015.
“It was absolutely super,” said her mother, Polly. “It was a terrific surprise to us because we didn’t even know she’d been nominated.”
Beat The Boss — only the second worker ever to win the overall pony title at the RIHS, after Pebbly Pipedream triumphed in 2010 — has an interesting background. He used to be dressed up at Rudolph the reindeer to pull the sleigh for Father Christmas, and competed as a show jumper. He has now gone to Northumberland to be ridden by Xanthe de Wesselow while Eddis has an exciting new 14hh pony called Noble Sir Prize (Percy), who was placed at last year’s Horse of the Year Show.
“He has big boots to fill as he follows Bossy and Kyregate Peter Pan [Susie’s cradle stakes pony], but he is going to try his hardest,” added Polly Eddis. “Susie is at boarding school, but exeat weekends are all about Percy!”
Image: Susie Eddis an Beat the Boss at Hickstead, by Equinational, courtesy of the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead