In only his fourth ever ridden show, Martin Wood’s five-year-old Irish Sport Horse Doorleys Prince scooped the prestigious Coloured Horse and Pony of the Year Champion title on the final day of Horse of the Year Show (HOYS).
Martin bought the Skewbald gelding, who is by Flash out of Doorleys Pride, from Ireland. After being successfully shown in hand as a three and four-year-old, Doorleys Prince unfortunately missed out on most of last season after being kicked in the field by another horse. He has been to just two shows this year with Simon Charlesworth before HOYS.
Describing the win as “magic”, Simon explained that the youngster got a little tense in the arena but that he “learns from it.” He said: “He’s got the best brain you could wish for and will bust a gut for you.”
It was a one-two victory for Team Wood as Martin’s Login Lucky Lad, ridden by daughter Michaela, stood Reserve Champion. This is the fourth time the 12-year-old Piebald stallion has held the Coloured Ridden Native/Cob/Traditional Pony of the Year title here at HOYS.
A third of Martin’s horses were also in the Championship after finishing second in the Coloured Ridden Non-Native Pony this morning; Tobiano mare and 2013 Reserve Champion, Palmira.
Winner of the Coloured Ridden Non-Native Pony of the Year was seven-year-old Skewbald Thoroughbred X mare Champlers Allsort, owned by Rosemary Obbard and ridden by Hannah Horton. The combination finished seventh at HOYS last year.
Rachel Mccourt’s Piebald gelding Rockstone Raven won the Coloured Ridden Native/Cob/Traditional Horse of the Year section with Jayne Ross in the saddle.
Image caption: Doorleys Prince Coloured Horse and Pony of the Year Championship Sponsored by CHAPS (UK)
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