A Shetland pony achieved a creditable third place — in a preliminary dressage class. Jack Dale rode Cranford Fandabbydosey (Fanny) to score 68.5 points at Golden Cross, in a class of 22 contestants.
Jack, 12, has ridden Fanny for Cranford breeder Gerry Hart for four years. Among the pair’s achievements are ridden champion and reserve at the Shetland Pony Society annual national show and reserve working hunter pony champions at the National Pony Society Summer Championships.
“They came third in the prelim 7, seeing off warmbloods, which I love,” said Hart. “Size catches up with all Shetland jockeys and this will be Jack’s last season. This multi-talented pony will go racing to satisfy both his and the jockey’s need for speed!
“I don’t normally race my ponies, but she has brakes, he has hunted with the Southdown and Eridge, and Jack is desperate. He has been so good schooling her on the flat over the years that I can’t deny him.”
Fanny, by Edem Filmstar out of Isle of Mona Fringe, is the Cranford stud’s F-line, and has bred several foals.
“She’s 12 now and everything she has bred to various stallions has enjoyed success under saddle, including one driven,” added Hart.
Jack lives in Heathfield, East Sussex, with his mother Sally Ann, who has a riding school and livery yard nearby. She teaches all ages, but managed to resist the temptation to over-tutor Jack, letting him have fun “until the riding bug bit him”.
Image: Jack and Fanny competing at Golden Cross Equestrian Centre, by LRG Photography, courtesy of Gerry Hart and LRG Photography