Beverley Malim’s Catriona of Meggernie took the honours in the Junior Mountain & Moorland Ridden Pony of the Year Championship sponsored by Ponies Association (UK) on day five of Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) fresh from her victory in the NPS/Baileys Horse Feeds Mountain & Moorland Ridden Highland Pony of the Year.
The six-year-old was bred up in the Highlands at Meggernie Stud and she is by the stud’s own stallion Noah of Meggernie. Produced by showing supremo Jayne Ross, the mare is in her first full season and was ridden by Alice Homer in the ring. Bella Malim, Beverley’s daughter, said: “She went really well and Alice rode her beautifully.” She continued: “She’s such a good girl; the most uncomplicated pony.”
The mare has also won the Young Riders Championship at the Royal International this year with Scott Dixon. HOYS was Alice’s second show with the pony; the first being The Showing Register Summer Show where they qualified for Horse of the Year Show.
Reserve Champion went to winner of the Small Breeds section Hayley Grota’s Welsh Section B Cadlanvalley Mikado ridden by Liberty Rebecca Grota. The pony is by Russet Wood Elation out of Laithhill Mimosa.
Following the popular introduction of the Junior Mountain and Moorland Small Breed Pony of the Year at HOYS last year, the decision was made to open the Championship up to Large Breeds as well for 2017, providing more of any opportunity to junior riders to compete against riders of their own age.
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