It was a beautiful autumn day for the show, almost to good to
be inside for showing.
Traditionally this show is a foal show for breeders to show off
their foals for the season. The youngsters get a taste of showing
life and the spectators can see any potential prospects to either
follow or even purchase. There were not as many foals as we might
be accustomed to this autumn, but the standard was high.
Milo (Saker x Marceline) and Blanche (Saker x Bhavna) were placed
first and second in the foal class, both bred by long time exhibitor
of the Autumn show, Harwood Arabian Stud, owned by Mrs Monica Calvert.
Their chestnut colt Milo (Saker x Marceline) went on to take the
foal Championship and the Harwood breeding lines were prominent
in many of the foals on show, including the beautifully coloured
Palomino filly, Moonlight Princess (Kasadi x Legend Moon Empress)
bred by Theo Chan and owned by Joanne Cooper. With seven mares
covered by Om El Mareikh (El Shareikh x TR Magnita) for 2007 we
can expect another stunning display at next years Autumn Show.
The Mettlewood Stud also had great success with a smart turnout
of horses bred and owned by Mrs Nina Hutton-McKenzie. Mettlewood
Mr Fahrenheit (Mettlewood Jubilee Tribute x Zanoora), co-bred with
Mrs. S. J. Todd, a delightful bay colt, won the Anglo and Part
Bred Foal class and also went on to take Reserve in the foal championship.
The stunning mare, Mettlewood Liberty (Mettlewood Saracens Gem
x Southwark Astral Storm),went even further by not only claiming
the mare championship but going on to be the Supreme In Hand Champion
of the show.
Dr Joan Bishop and young Jessica Amess are proving to be a successful
team. Jess handling the winning pure bred mare, Muzahla (Platoon
x Muzehraa), who was also the reserve champion mare. Jess was also
third in the ridden open arab mare class and seventh in the young
was a great display of horses for the future in the youngstock
classes. Mr John Brewster’s
purebred grey colt, Aalijah (Aazari x Dushan), took home the
title of youngstock champion. Kelmstone
Sea Otter (Ottergayle x Kelmstone Royal Star), owned and bred by
Mrs Kay Hillman, rounded off a good showing season by winning his
yearling class and the reserve youngstock champion.
Image (Saker x Mayes Park Mystic), owned and bred by Karen Carugati,
was another horse
rounding off a successful
showing season in the South East Region. Winning the anglo and
part bred two and three year old colt, filly or gelding class and
showing great development as a future ridden horse.
was, as expected, well attended gelding classes but the Championship
eventually went to Heidi
Creasey’s grey HS Flask
(Esta Espahan x Flota) with the bonus of becoming the reserve supreme
in hand champion. Salahadine (Psyceclone x Garmon), bred at Silverdale
Stud and Training Centre by Seamus and Rebecca McCormick, owned
by Mrs A Turnbull, showed great presence by winning the pure bred
yearling class and the reserve champion gelding title.
There was an exceptional turnout for the family pairs. The class
winners were a prime example of a breeding line continuing from
father to son, with the very impressive liver chestnut stallion,
Asrah (Ahmoun x Nalina) and his equally impressive son Eastworth
Harri (Asrah x Princess Netitia), both bred and owned by Ms S Coombs.
the ridden veteran’s, the oldest in the class, at the ‘young’ age
of 23, was Newholme Fancy Fella (Fasif x Fancy Flight). He proved
that his career in the show ring is still on the up by taking the
It was nice to see that there is an encouraging future for both
rider and horse with a large turnout of young riders. The only
boy of the class Joseph Thurston, riding Rivenhall Last Waltz
showed his cool when his mount misbehaved, Joseph quickly had
it all under his control and impressed the judge Mr S Fleming
enough to win the title. Third placed Alice Dancey, who I know
was very nervous, also coped very well riding the very attractive
looking Djamah (Djammal x Santha) Well done to all who competed
to make this such an enjoyable class to watch.
The geldings continued into the afternoon to show a strong ridden
class. The grey gelding, Melzi (Da Vinci x Masora), bred by Michael
Harris and jointly owned by Rebecca Napier-Clark and Sarah Easton
was ridden superbly by Rebecca Napier-Clark to win the novice ridden.
Another success for Ms S Coombs came in the pure bred open ridden
class, as she rode her own homebred grey mare, Eastworth Ahmoshini
(Moashiro x Ahmalia), to victory. She then went on to expertly
take the Open Ridden Championship and Reserve Supreme Ridden Championship.
After deep discussions between Judge Mr. S. Fleming and his probationary,
Mrs. R. Dear, the big prize of Supreme Ridden Champion eventually
went to the smart little novice ridden champion show pony, Posh
Spice (Yealand Nemisis x Whalton Lucky Lady), ridden by young Emma
Many thanks to everyone involved for making this such a successful
day. It is an excellent show to bring youngsters, novice horses
and riders too! The atmosphere is very calm and friendly, including
the very popular choice of carrots or polos in the ring for every
entry. So remember to make a note in your diary for next season.