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  1. Pumphill ponies make their mark at the Royal International Horse Show

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    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.

  2. Login Lucky Lad triumphs at the Royal International Horse Show

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    Michaela Wood landed the prestigious supreme skewbald and piebald ridden championship at the Longines Royal International Horse Show on Tuesday with her 10-year-old Login Lucky Lad.

    During the “coloured day” at Hickstead — the first day of the show, which runs until Sunday, August 2 — she and Lucky did a bit of giant killing on their way to the top, leaving such big winners as Jayne Ross and Aidensfield Rupert and Hayley Patterson with Shybont Bean Dance in their wake. They pipped last year’s HOYS coloured champion, Kim Colosso’s Shear Impulse, ridden by Leon King, into reserve at Hickstead.

    “I still can’t believe it,” said Wood, 24. “I’m over the moon. This is my fifth season with him — he’s won at Royal Windsor for the past three years and at HOYS the last two. He’s a great, great pony. He gives such an amazing ride and always makes you smile, so to win on him means so much.

    “I’m so proud of all my team, both at home and at the show, and would love to thank my mum and dad and Nigel [Hollings, producer] for all their help and hard work.”

    There was also cause for celebration in the Colosso camp, when Rae Colosso landed the junior title with Wulfstan Bubblicious.