A five-year-old show hunter pony won the restricted supreme at the BSPS Winter Championships on Easter Saturday. Imperial High Tide secured the top honours with two gallops in his individual show, partnered by Harriet Dennison.
“I didn’t do anything too fancy in the supreme,” said Dennison, 15. “The judge asked for a show that was suitable for the type of pony, so I tried to really use the ring, and to keep everything accurate and correct. I did incorporate two gallops because he has a good gallop; he really lowers and lengthens.
“He is very laid-back, so I was looking forward to doing a show in the supreme because he isn’t spooky at all.”
This is amazing for a pony that, until he was bought in July last year, had done very little.
“We bought him straight from the breeder, Trudy Goulding, of End House Stud,” said Dennison. “He hadn’t been off the yard before and we took him to a couple of shows, then at the BSPS Summer Championships he went HOYS champion. We took him to HOYS but he was a bit green.”
Dennison has plenty experience of Horse of the Year Show, having scored a notable double at HOYS in 2013, winning the show hunter pony title with Fayre Daffyd and the show pony honours with Whittakers Princess Royal. She also headed the 148cm show pony class last year with Rotherwood Another Peep. But, after his BSPS Winter Championships success, Imperial High Tide may well take her further in October 2016.