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Showing at Great Bookham Open Show, Surrey on Sunday 13 June

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ix rings, 46 classes and 280 competitors made the Great Bookham Spring Show quite a spectacle. With the lorry parking full to bursting there was a really buzzing atmosphere at the popular show centre in Surrey. The day opened with Condition & Turnout in the main showing ring with top honours going to beautifully turned out Grandma’s Prima Donna with handler K Jackman. Juniors had their own, but distinctly more glittery and colourful version of this class in the ‘fun’ ring, with marks being awarded for both turnout and handling skills, the juniors enjoyed a little obstacle course to show off their equine friends. Five-year-old Bronte Monks with her pony Forian Honey Royale was delighted to be awarded a medal and first place rosette for her efforts. The fun continued with Best First/Borrowed/Riding School/ Family Pony. Riders had begged and borrowed rides from friends and family or brought their favourite riding school pony to take part and Ellie Turrell on borrowed Pell Catkin was the eventual winner. Judge Vanessa Mitchell commented ‘It was such a hard class to judge, with all the riders doing a fantastic job on such a wide variety of ponies and horses. Many family members were drafted in to assist younger riders, so it was absolutely fantastic to see such a great team effort!’ Equally hard to judge is of course, the Handsomest Gelding and Prettiest Mare – who doesn’t think that their steed is the best looking equine on the planet! Sully with Gemma Griffin and Forian Honey Royale with Bronte Monks were crowned handsomest and prettiest of the day. Jessie Judd riding her lovely bay pony, Buddy had a very successful afternoon taking top place in the Best Ridden Pony and Junior Best Rider. The pair looked every bit the champions adorned with rosettes and medals! First and second placed exhibitors in the fun showing classes were invited back to take part in the championships: Bronte Monks rounded off a very successful day with a win in the In-Hand Championship and Jessie Judd took top place in the Ridden Championship, with a delighted Phoebe Leake taking reserve place with Hopelaws Wild Goose. Jessie Judd (left) and Phoebe Leake (right). Photos: Visualise Photography

Seniors were also well catered for with qualifiers in Mountain & Moorland, Riding Horse and Working Hunters for Balanced Horse Feeds Championships and Veteran Horse Society area qualifiers and CHAPS qualifier classes for coloured horses. Mountain & Moorland wins went to Emma Kampna with Nyton in the in-hand section and Katherine McGrail with Floreat Quintessa in the ridden. Top Riding Horse of the day was Double Chance ridden by Emily Curtis. Katie Pressler with her ex-racehorse Hawkridge Sensation had a great day, winning both Ex-Racehorse classes and 2nd in the Riding Horse. A feature of this series of shows (Spring, Summer and Autumn) are the very popular ‘Have-A-Go’ classes for novice riders/handlers, including In-Hand, Ridden and Working Hunter sections. Well supported by local master saddler, Helen Dart of Bookham Saddlery, 1st – 3rd placed riders went home with lovely prizes. Top honours went to Ian Waters with Briars Amicelli in the In-Hand, Kathleen Botting riding Mighells Midnight Mazurka in the Ridden, Deni Acres with Billy in the Working Hunter Pony and Hayley Jennings riding Jackpot in the Working Hunter. Final championship of the day involved first and second placed riders from the Have-A-Go classes and the Riding Club Horse /Pony Club Pony. The championship award went to Katie Rowbottom, who had to hot foot it from another ring to contest the championship with her smart bay, Acordes. Reserve was awarded to winner of the Riding Club Horse, Amanda Smith riding her own, Maddy. Experienced showing judge Tony Whipps said ‘The top two exhibits were so close, I had a hard time choosing between the two! I decided to give the championship to Acordes as he was presented in a snaffle and went so very politely in it. After the class I chatted with the riders and found out that both horses were true all-rounders, taking part in a wide variety of activities so it was great to see riders enjoying their horses in the show ring as well. They were both a credit to their owners!’

Katie Rowbottom (top right) and Amanda Smith (right). Photos: Visualise Photography

Dressage at Quob Stables, Hampshire on 11 June

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relim and Novice qualifiers were on offer at Quob Stables on 11 June. Christiane Reed riding Duffy started the day very well with a resounding win in the Prelim 13, scoring 80.8%. Nearest competitor Kim Singleton with Roosevelt came second and although she was 5%

behind the winner, she still scored a very good percentage of 75.8%. Only 5% divided the remaining qualifying spaces, with Judith Warner riding Gillion taking the final Prelim qualifier with 69.6%. Christiane also scored a convincing win in the Novice 27, ahead of nearest

rival Tracy Wells on Stella by 4.3%. Kim Singleton and Judith Warner picked up multiple qualifiers today with top 6 placings in both Prelim and Novice classes. Final qualifying spot of the day went to Keri Buckingham riding Ari, who scored a very respectable 64.3%. august 2010 Localrider 77

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