Horse showing pros reveal their plans for 2016

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Horse showing pros reveal their plans for 2016

It’s that time of year again when we sing out the auld and ring in the new. So what are people in the horse showing world most looking forward to for 2016?

Lynn Russell

“I am seriously looking forward to showing a cob that I bought from Ireland off a video (pictured above). It’s the most expensive cob I’ve ever bought; it cost me four times as much as Polaris. When I saw him trot, he floated. He’s another pure-bred Irish draught and is called Jovian — which means “pink moon” — and I can’t wait to bring him out. He is really, really lovely.”

Simon Charlesworth

“I’m very excited about a four-year-old lightweight hunter owned by Rowena Stevenson called Formula 1, who won at the National Hunter Show in-hand. Pearly King will never be replaced, but Formula 1 is showing signs of being every bit as talented. I also have a nice small riding horse owned by Steve Pitt and Vicky Smith called Tattygare Picture This, a full-brother to a previous HOYS champion.”

Katie Jerram

“I always look forward to Royal Windsor, to taking part in the most amazing event for The Queen. And I will be bringing out my lovely home-bred Assagart Queens Speech, whose grandam was my huge winner Trevera Verity, twice champion hack at HOYS.”

Robert Walker

“My daughter Izzy will probably make her show ring debut on my son Sam’s 12hh lead-rein show hunter pony, Anri Top Hat. Sam has three to show, including a new 13-hander called Annandale Romeo. I have a very smart four-year-old small hunter called Rynart; a heavyweight called Patrick’s Choice for Jill Day, and a four-year-old small hack owned by Supreme Products called Comberton Clarence.”

Sam Roberts

“It may sound boring, but I always look forward to bringing on the young ponies and seeing them progress through the year. There’s a Connemara that I think a lot of, who is out of a mare I rode to win at HOYS, and a Cadlanvalley section B owned by Joyce Newbery. He has only been lightly shown but was supreme in the Challenge at BSPS Championships and won the novice finals at the Winter Championships. There are a few more that are just starting to be broken but have lots of potential.”

Vanessa Clark

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the saddle as I haven’t done a ridden class for a couple of years. I’m really excited about Chilham Celestial, who is due to foal in March. She competed at HOYS in 2013 when her full-brother, Chilham Aquarius, won. Her foal is by Glencarrig Knight, who stands in Ireland.”

Penny Hollings

“I’m looking forward to Ninfield Fable foaling in May. My daughter Alex competed her in 13.2hh show pony classes for June Horsfall. We have new ponies arriving and I’ve got lots of lovely judging appointments.”

Katy Marriott-Payne

“I am most looking forward to starting judging this season. It is something I have put on hold while I have had a full-on career producing and competing, but the time feels right to add another hat to my wardrobe!”

Simon and Natalie Reynolds

We’re looking forward to enjoying our new house — we moved mid-season last June and seem to have been moving furniture and boxes ever since, as well as having the chaos of builders! We’ll be bringing out some nice new novices, which we are very excited about, including a coloured cob called The Baroness owned by the Sankey family. Here’s hoping that the weather will be kind this year for showing.”

Gemma Stanford

“I’m really looking forward to getting out our home-bred youngsters by our champion Highland Ben Breac of Croila. We have a three-year-old yellow dun colt called Finglands Braveheart, and a four-year-old mouse dun filly called Finglands Flora.”

Nigel Hollings

“I’m looking forward to competing again, as I’m now producing for Martin Wood and his daughter Michaela. I’ve been away from it for a while, so can’t wait to be doing what I love most. What I really want to do is to show that the plaited coloureds, like Palmera, can prove themselves in the “solid” classes. Coloureds have done well in working hunter ponies, so why shouldn’t they also compete in hacks and intermediates? They are lovely animals and just because they are coloured doesn’t mean they can’t do other things. I’m also going back to South Africa in February to judge for the first time in 20 years, so I’m looking forward to that too.”

Kirstine Douglas

“We have a fantastic team of youngsters including ponies, cobs, hunters and coloureds, and an amazing team of people to help keep the show on the road. We also have a lovely set of owners, both old and new, who are looking forward to joining us at the shows. Among the new horses are last year’s Dublin four-year-old champion, heavyweight champion and reserve supreme, An Ceannas, who was bought in July; the heavyweight cob Randalstown Silverstone; the lightweight Mr Bear, and the coloured Papaver Dior. These are just a few, but they’re all fab! I always look forward to Royal Windsor, Great Yorkshire and the Royal Highland — I love those shows.”

Katy Carter

“I have some new novice projects for next season, which is my thing, it’s what I love the most. My daughter Poppy has always had novices and not made ponies. Rotherwood Rainmaker (Poppy’s champion show pony) has a superb little jockey in India Till, aged eight. We have been so lucky that he stays with us. I don’t have so many ponies to produce, so I want to do more teaching, have some family time; 2015 was a good year but a hard one. I’m not getting any younger so I want to enjoy everything a bit more!”

Image: Jovian, courtesy of Lynn Russell


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