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Pony Show Jumpers head to Olympia

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ight Pony Club show jumpers have been invited to compete in the Pony Club Mini Major International Show Jumping class at Olympia the London International Horse Show on Wednesday 19th December. Each of these Pony Club members will be paired with one of the senior international riders competing at the show and the competition is run as a pairs relay with the time of the Pony Club member deciding the winner. All of the combinations competing have won a British Showjumping 128cm qualifier to earn their place at the final, apart from Katie Bradburne and Charlie Tucker, who each earned a wild card, as the best of all of those who didn’t qualify. We caught up with the three local riders heading to Olympia.

The following combinations will be competing at Olympia: Name Pony Pony Club Branch Katie Bradburne........... Runaway Dolly.................... Old Berkshire Hunt Florence Marriott......... Gelvin Castle Grey..........Old Surrey & Burstow Daisy Lewis................... Nefydd Becca.................. West Kent Meopham Lilly Aspell..................... Clooncraha Lady...........................Zetland Hunt Lila Davies..................... Marthas Darling............................West Norfolk Jayden Hendry.............. Tatty Desire.........................East Aberdeenshire Charlie Tucker.............. Maybrook Aristocrat................ Llangibby Hunt Zara Kelly...................... Ballyglunn Girl............................ RD Equestrian

Daisy Lewis – Nefydd Becca

Daisy Lewis and Nefydd Becca qualified at the Welsh Home Pony Show

Twelve-year-old Daisy Lewis from Sevenoaks in Kent qualified for Olympia at the Welsh Home Pony Show on Spud Hatton and mother Liz Hatton’s pony, Nefydd Becca. Daisy has been enormously lucky to be able to compete two of Spud and Liz’s ponies, Nefydd Becca and Parkour 1 in the Mini Major Olympia qualifiers. The ponies are normally competed by Spud’s 10-year-old daughter, Phoebe Boocock, but as Phoebe is not a Pony Club member and therefore not eligible for the final, the family who live in Ramsgate Kent, kindly let Daisy jump the ponies in the qualifying classes. Daisy’s grandmother, Jean Clark, proprietor of Eaglesfield Equestrian Centre said: “Back in 2016, Daisy’s father, Adam Lewis, featured in Localrider in the Father Figure article. In the article it mentioned that Daisy’s dream was to one day compete in the Mini Major class at Olympia and Adam said that he wanted to help make that dream come true. When Daisy was ready to move up to a taller pony, we tried out two or three 12.2hh ponies but could not find the right one and one that we could afford so instead we purchased Tulip a 13.2hh pony, with whom she has gone on to have great success with. At that time, we felt that her dream may never come true. Then much to Daisy’s surprise she was offered a ride on two of the most incredible 12.2hh ponies owned by Spud and Liz Hatton. Daisy instantly fell in love with both ponies and felt at home riding them. Daisy’s first chance to qualify was at Pyecombe in Sussex in May where she a had the last pole down in the jump-off on Parkour I and four faults with Nefydd Becca. Daisy’s next chance was at Bicton in Devon in June where both ponies gained a clear round but Parkour I had two poles in the jump-off, but Nefydd Becca the eight-year-old home produced grey mare, tried her little heart out to come a very close second on time with a double clear. Daisy’s last chance to qualify was at the Welsh Home Pony Show in Wales in July. Both ponies jumped extremely well both gaining double clears, Parkour came fourth on time and Becca jumped an incredibly fast clear to win the qualifier. Daisy feels so very lucky to have this wonderful opportunity and we cannot thank Phoebe and Spud enough for allowing her to follow her dream. Phoebe and Spud’s excellent training at home with their ponies made it possible, as Daisy lives too far from Phoebe to ride the ponies between shows. Dreams do come true. Phoebe will be keeping Nefydd Becca fit and Daisy will ride her for training leading up to Olympia.”

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