SE Arabian Horse Group Autumn Show -

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 riders class.

There 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.

Kesra’s 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.

There 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.

In 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 title.

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 Holder.

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.

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