Pumphill ponies are set for world domination — or, at least, Hickstead domination. Nine Pumphill Dartmoors have qualified for this year’s Longines Royal International Horse Show, collecting a total of 15 tickets. So far three have been in the ribbons.
Pumphill Rasputin, ridden by Morgan Starkie, was second in his mountain and moorland young riders section, and the same jockey claimed fifth in the intermediate M&M young riders with Pumphill Bennet. Pumphill Ragamuffin (ridden by Erin Macgregor) was fifth in the 122cm show hunter pony section.
Also chasing glory at Hickstead is Pumphill Buckthorn, who headed both the flat and ridden M&M sections at HOYS in 2010, then added the Olympic supreme ridden accolade in the same year — a feat that has never been achieved by another pony. At Hickstead, Buckthorn will be jumping in the M&M working hunter pony sections.
Other Pumphill Dartmoors competing this week are Banter, Pincup, Clarion, Fandango and Fingal.
The prefix has featured on championship trophies for many years, with Pumphill Belladonna claiming the supreme in-hand title — now the Cuddy — at HOYS in 1999, the first native pony to do so.
Image: Pumphill Buckthorn at Olympia by Lebatihem, Flickr, CC-BY-SA.