October 11, 2015 at 11:40 PM

Monmouthshire_Pony_Club_low_res.jpgA thrilling week of Pony Club competition came to a dramatic conclusion this evening in the Andrews Bowen International Arena at Horse of the Year Show.

Monmouthshire's young riders won the Virbac 3D Worming Pony Club Mounted Games - Prince Philip Cup Final after a heated battle.

Having competed throughout the week the team was victorious in the final Games over three other Pony Clubs, beating the team from Romney Marsh into second place by just a single point.

Monmouthshire Pony Club were incredibly consistent throughout the duration of the Games which helped them secure first place.

This is the first time Monmouthshire Pony Club have qualified for HOYS and are a small club based on the Wales/England border with only 60 members, and were the only Welsh team competing for the Prince Philip Cup.

Monmouthshire Pony Club proved themselves worthy qualifiers gaining their place at HOYS in July, beating last year’s finalists Wylye Valley Pony Club.

Competitor and Monmouthshire team member George Knight Eddins said: “I’m overwhelmed really. We worked so hard to get here then this was the icing on the cake.”

“We knew that if we were going to eventually try and win it would be down to the last race.”

Trainer of the Monmouthshire Pony Club team, Ian Hopkins said: “The other teams were very, very good. Romney Marsh, absolutely superb team.”

The Mounted Games test the young riders' horsemanship, speed, and skill while also encouraging teamwork and friendship among the competitors.

The Pony Club Mounted Games were first introduced at HOYS in 1957, developed by Prince Philip himself, to give all children and their ponies the opportunity to compete against each other in games utilising cavalry techniques.



Audio link to trainer Ian Hopkins and rider George Knight Eddins



Featuring the most prestigious National Showing and Show Jumping Championships, International Show Jumping classes, Virbac 3D Worming Mounted Games and Osborne Refrigerators Double Harness Scurry Racing, HOYS 2015 is packed with excitement. The popular and exciting Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch Activity Ride will headline the displays and Team GB Vaulters will impress the audience with their awe-inspiring acrobatic routine.  Friday October 9th is the day of choice for dressage fans, with the Stephen Clarke Dressage Masterclass and the Mount St John Dressage Future Elite Championship both timetabled. The 2015 Show will come to spectacular close during the Sunday Evening Gala Performance, which will include entertainment from Britain’s Got Talent sensations The HoneyBuns. Tickets for Horse of the Year Show 2015 are now on sale. For show information, including the timetable, and to book, visit www.hoys.co.uk or call 0844 581 8282.

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