Despite attending only their second show together, Tarynn Rudd and consistent campaigner The Politician lifted the first-ever Whalton Wolf Whistle Memorial Trophy at the North of England Spring Show at Warren Farm.
The Politician, known as Smithy, is no stranger to the spotlight, having won at the Royal International in 2013 and 2014 with Rudd’s sister, Briony. But 17-year-old Rudd has just taken over the ride.
“They’re a tough act to follow,” she said. “They were reserve intermediate champions in 2013 and took the title in 2014. Smithy was also second [to the great Partytime V] in the small hunter championship at Horse of the Year Show in 2013.”
Smithy, who is owned by the sisters’ mother, Vicki Rudd, is by OBOS Quality out of Jokey Pokey, and was bred by Charles Carter. He is now nine years old and will take Rudd into her first intermediate season.
“I’m really excited about him,” she said. “It was only the second time I’d ridden him, so I was over the moon with the way he looked and went. He’s produced by Mark Reeves and Steven Hulston of the Cuddington Stud and they did a fab job! My aim now is to try to qualify for HOYS.”
Meanwhile, Bryony Rudd has a new intermediate hunter type called Wizard VII, who qualified for Hickstead at BSPS Area 4a earlier this month, where they stood reserve champions.
The new Whalton Wolf Whistle trophy was presented this year by the Bott family, in memory of their intermediate show riding type who took the title at the Royal International in 2010 with Gemma Bott.