October 07, 2016 at 5:19 PM

Gallant Prince takes the Underwood Working Hunter Pony of the Year in a stellar performance

After a morning of fiercely contested competition in the TopSpec Arena, it was Leo Bowen’s nine-year-old Connemara gelding Gallant Prince, ridden by Olivia Bowen, who took top honours and claimed the title of Underwood Working Hunter Pony of the Year.

Reserve went to the winner of the Intermediate section, eight-year-old Irish Sports Horse Carnsdale Mr Cool, owned and ridden by Alice Barnes.

Gallant Prince won the 143cm section in style, fresh from his third place finish in  The British Show Pony Society Mountain & Moorland Working Hunter Pony of the Year the day before. Olivia, who is currently on work experience with Jayne Webber, said: “I’m speechless. He flew the course, didn’t look at anything and just took it all in.” The pony is by Gurteen Paddy out of Mollys Delight.

The combination have been together for four years and improved on last year’s seventh place result in the Underwood Working Hunter Pony of the Year. They are based on the Pembrokeshire coast where they like to let off steam with a gallop on the beach.

The 153cm section marked a third win for the Eddis family as Polly Eddis’ Cashel Bay JJ took top spot with daughter Lucy Ellis. After her class section win, Lucy said: “The pressure was off a bit today but I was still nervous. It’s just the most amazing thing, I can’t ask for anything more.” Cashel Bay JJ finished seventh in this class last year.

Winner of the 133cm section was M. Donnor’s 14-year-old Welsh Section B Stambrook Messiah with Mollie Harris in the saddle.  


Image credit ES Photography

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