Tynwydd Good Friday made it a good Thursday for the Darlington family, when Georgia Darlington partnered the Welsh section C to take the mountain and moorland working hunter pony championship at HOYS.
The 12-year-old mare, by Tynwydd Cardi out of Menai Lady Charming, headed the 133cm section from 16 other contenders, adding another feather in her cap to victory at the Royal International earlier in the season.
“The course was trickier and bigger than last year, and quite spooky,” said Darlington, 16. “But she knows her job and a spooky track keeps her awake.”
This victory must be all the more sweet for Darlington and her mother, Sam, after some spiteful unpleasantness on social media earlier in the week. As the quote goes, “Living well is the best revenge”.
Reserve here was the evergreen Chetwynd Caspar, owned and bred by the Countess of Shrewsbury and partnered by the very capable Charlie Oakes.
The flat mountain and moorland championship at HOYS went to Sarah Parker and the Welsh section A Sarum Rembrandt. Reserve was Alice Barr with the consistent Dartmoor, Okeleat Navigator.