There can’t be many ponies — or horses, for that matter — who have qualified for the National Dressage Championships and Horse of the Year Show in the same season. What is more, Helen Skirton’s Moelview Prince Consort — by Moelview Chieftain out of Llangeitho Princess Royal — is just five years old and has started his career thanks to a social media post.
Produced by mountain and moorland supremo Sam Roberts, he qualified for the dressage finals at the regionals held at Addington Manor. He went through to the open ridden Welsh section B class at HOYS at the first qualifier of the year at the NPS Spring Festival — as he had done the year before.
Prince Consort, who is the reigning Olympia BSPS Heritage ridden M&M champion, having claimed the crown in London last December, competes in affiliated dressage at preliminary level and has notched up impressive scores of 86.75% and 87.03%.
Roberts first saw the stallion as a yearling on a social media post and knew he was a winner. She snapped him up as a two-year-old and Skirton bought a share in him. He was lightly shown in-hand as a three-year-old, during which time he was rewarded with Welsh Pony and Cob Society bronze medals.
In his first year under saddle, he won and stood champion at his first ever show, then stood supreme at his second. At his first attempt at an Olympia qualifier, he took championship at Royal Windsor.
“Royal Windsor is a very special show to me, as I competed in my first Olympia qualifier when I was 11 years old, and have competed there every year since,” said Roberts, who won at the recent Royal International Horse Show with Prince Consort for the second year running.
“He is a very special pony, who is lovely in every way, and I’m lucky to have him. Not many qualify for national dressage and HOYS showing finals at the first try. I am ecstatic.”
Image: Prince Consort takes Olymia by storm, by Kit Houghton, courtesy of Horse Power