Four dressage enthusiasts from Cornwall made the long trip to the National Pony Society (NPS) dressage championships at Addington, Buckinghamshire, where they collected an abundance of prizes.
Lucy Bowden from Redruth rode Chycoose Stud's resident stallion Chycoose Troubadour. The six-year-old son of Strinsdale Matador impressed judges with his natural ability and athleticism to win his Novice section with a wonderful 73.6%.
The pair have only been doing dressage for the last four months under the tutelage of Jane Hoskin, who put the team together. Lucy said: "It was a total shock. For us to progress like we have done has been fantastic – we are all really excited about continuing to the next stage of his dressage career."
Earlier in the day he also collected a second place in the Prelim division and picked up ninth place overall out of the hundreds entered. This outstanding part bred Arab and show hunter pony stallion is usually seen in the show ring where, last year, he collected his Royal International Horse Show ticket and took the supreme hunter pony accolade at the NPS championships where he was also awarded with his gold medal.
Kathryn Pitt, who runs Chycoose stud said: "I am very lucky to have bred and own such a superstar as Horatio (Troubadour) – he just surprises me every time. He thoroughly enjoys his work and is an absolute pleasure to have around the yard."
Their excellent individual placings also helped the team to gain second place in the Prelim final out 28 teams, including international visitors from Denmark. They also achieved a third place in the Novice final out of 16.
Aiding the team to such remarkable results was Brittany Dumbleton from Plymouth and her 18-year-old part bred Welsh gelding, Merriment William. Competing in the mini section, they too gained excellent placings including a second in the Prelim final on a score of 77.2% out of 30 competitors and collecting a fourth in the Novice section. This was their third year competing at the NPS dressage championships and was one of their best results to date. Brittany's mother, Dominie, had nothing but praise for the pair and explained that William is a once in a lifetime pony. "At 18-years-old, we are still amazed at what he does and he is so special – a mother's dream pony. They qualified first time out for the British Dressage Novice Freestyle regionals at Kingston Maurward and are members of the British Young Riders Dressage Scheme (BYRDS)."
Fellow BYRDS member, 13-year-old Amy Searle of Callington, rode her part bred Connemara, Ferdinand to collect a seventh and eighth in the Novice and Prelim classes respectively in the junior sections. This was their second year attending the championships. "I am so pleased with how Ferdi went and we have definitely improved since last year," said Amy. "I have brought him on myself and it's really rewarding to gain such good results with him." Amy receives help from Mary Tyrell and also attends Pammy Hutton clinics to continually improve their performance.
With only two weeks to prepare for the championships after taking a late qualifier at Colraine, Sam Rees from Penryn and her five-year-old Connemara, Bob proved to be a worthwhile team member when they collected an eighth placing in a strong novice section.
The team, named "Hoskin's Hotshots," was organised by Jane Hoskin, who has been strongly promoting the NPS dressage competition in Cornwall. She said: "As a trainer, I feel it is a great competition, especially for the native breeds and the part bred ponies that get to compete in their own right. I am thankful to both Colraine and Tall Trees who held qualifiers here in Cornwall and obviously I am delighted with our team who exceeded all expectations."