October 09, 2014 at 9:31 AM

 

N70_8463Cuddy.jpgOwner Martin Wood was ready for a Champagne party after his six-year-old bay British Riding Pony stallion Rendene Royal Charm won the prestigious Cuddy Supreme In-Hand Championship at the Horse of the Year Show.

And the pony's handler Craig Elenor also had cause for celebration after admitting trying for "22 years" to land such a prestigious title.

"It is probably one of the hardest things to win, HOYS. It's just brilliant, and this pony is something special," said Harrogate-based Martin.

"The amount of work Craig and the team put in to get the pony to that standard, I am so proud of them.

"The feeling of winning here is unbelievable, and the first thing I am going to do is celebrate with Champagne."

And Craig added: "It's massive. I have been trying to do this for 22 years now, so it's a big thing to win.

"We have worked all season to get here [Rendene Royal Charm qualified for HOYS at the Royal Bath and West Show], and it is just great to come out on top at the end of it.

"The past six weeks, we haven't stopped, really, getting him ready for this."

The Delvin Evans and Paul Jarrett-owned horse Make My Day, meanwhile, was named reserve champion.

Welsh rider Amy James had cause to celebrate for a second successive year in the Cuddy Working Hunter of the Year Championship, which sees competitors jump traditional rustic fences and gain style marks, and then the horse's conformation and way of going is scrutinised by a judging team.

Amy, who is based near Haverfordwest, retained the title with 10-year-old Columbo Nimbus, a horse she has evented up to intermediate level and she has owned since just before HOYS last year.

"He was really calm. When he warmed up today he was confident, and he jumped really well," Amy said.

"He won last year, so there was a little bit of pressure and he has done very few shows this year because he has been eventing, but he was brilliant.

"When he came into the arena he knew what he was here to do. He was a lot calmer than last year, and he is such a genuine horse."

Harry-Edwards Brady, who, aged three, made history last year by becoming HOYS' youngest ever competitor, returned to the Caldene Arena with two qualified rides on Wednesday.

Under competition rules, though, he could only opt to ride one of them, and the other - Castlemead Andy Pandy - landed the Brineton Cole Mountain and Moorland Mini Pony of the Year Championship, with another rider Henry Lucas at the helm.

The Miniature Horse of the Year Championship, which is supported by the British Miniature Horse Society, was taken by Hannah Bradley’s Ujeniks Dudes Sombrero, while Pearl Underwood and Georgia Butterworth’s Mr Socks was crowned Small Hunter of the Year.

Audio link for the winning owner in Cuddy Supreme In Hand Pony of the Year.

 http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/HOYS_Martin.Wood.mp3

Audio link for the winner of the Cuddy Working Hunter of the Year 

http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/HOYS_James.mp3



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