Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Equestrianism by Kathryn Pearn

LUCY Booth of Cardinham confirmed the promise of her home-bred New Forest stallion Hurtstock Moonman with a Supreme championship victory at The Native Pony Association (NPA) of Cornwall Spring Show.

The popular fixture attracted an excellent entry to Chiverton Riding Centre, Truro, under the expert eye of Judge David Hodge, who made the trip across the border from Devon.

He was clearly impressed with the high quality line-up and Lucy was thrilled when her home-bred New Forest stallion Hurtstock Moonman was selected for the Supreme championship.

Hurtstock Moonman also had the honour of claiming the opening NPA of Cornwall champion of champions qualifier and stood home-bred champion over Mark Cosgrove and his Highland pony Whisper of Ceahlochan.

This super three year-old went onto frank his potential at the Royal Cornwall Show where he clinched the New Forest championship.

"I'm looking forward to backing him at the end of the year," said Lucy who also landed the reserve yearling championship with another of her home-bred New Forest ponies, Hurstock New Flame.

Emma Devey of Duloe, emerged with the yearling championship with her Welsh Section C Ashmeadow Adelle and also took the two and three year-old championship with the Highland Holmedown Redsox.

A large variety of mountain and moorlands came forward in the ridden section which saw Karen Andrews claim the championship and the NPA of Cornwall ridden champion of champions qualifier with her Welsh Section A Dwylan Meilir ridden by Rebecca Storey.

The part-bred ridden section came under the expert eyes of Mr and Mrs Semmens who selected Georgina Mills and Trevaylor Tailormaid for the in-hand and ridden championship earning the combination a duo of tickets to the NPA of Cornwall champion of champions final.

The next event in the NPA calendar is the annual Breed Show which takes place at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, on Saturday June 29. For schedules visit www.nativeponyassociationcornw and for further enquiries call Mark Cosgrove 01736 362906.

Cornwall's first FEI endurance ride takes place at the Boconnoc Estate on Saturday and Sunday June 29 and 30.

The Boconnoc Ride is classed as one of the major endurance rides in the South West calendar and this year two FEI classes will compliment a full range of competitive and pleasure rides.

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