Multiple HOYS Champion Thistledown Van-Der-Vaart reigns Supreme Pony of the Year

Multiple HOYS Champion Thistledown Van-Der-Vaart reigns Supreme Pony of the Year

The 12 Champion ponies from across the week here at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) were picture perfect in the Andrews Bowen International Arena as final decisions were made for who would be crowned the Ruckleigh School Supreme Pony of the Year Champion.


In the end it was Lucy Richardson’s fabulous mountain & moorland lead rein pony, Thistledown Van-Der-Vaart, who was victorious. Ridden by Olivia Brightmore, ‘Charles’ is produced, and shown in the ring, by Sharn Linney.


A consistent Champion in the Brineton Colne Mountain & Moorland Mini Pony of the Year, this was the eight-year-old Welsh Section A’s third appearance in the Supreme Pony of the Year, so it really was third time lucky!


“I’m lost for words, he was a star,” said Sharn on exiting the arena. “He just loves an atmosphere.”


“He’s won at every major show and he’s such a character as well.”


Charles is by Maestir Valient out of Waxwing Valencia. A prolific winner, the Supreme title has been a fitting end to another phenomenal season for this super pony. We’ll go home and treat him like a piece of gold dust!” smiled Sharn.



Image credit: 1st Class Images


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