At the 81st Dartmoor Pony Society Championship Show held on 8th August, at the Lady Willingdon Show Field, Whiddon Down, Okehampton, a 17-year-old mare, locally owned and bred on Dartmoor by
Mr J and Mrs D Jordan, took the Supreme In-hand Championship.
The beautiful grey, Moortown New Romance, by Hisley Cravat out of Moortown Serenade, who has only been lightly shown but has produced a number of highly successful progeny, took the coveted top prize over another outstanding mare, Hisley Precious Gift.
Shown by Rebecca Jordan, New Romance with her colt foal at foot (second in the foal class), won Open Brood Mare and went on to take the Brood Mare and Foal Championship, before taking the Supreme.
Hisley Precious Gift, winner of the Covered Mare, 4 years and over, owned by Mr D Hodge and
Mr J Walters and by Hisley Craftsman out of Hisley Party Girl, was Reserve Supreme Champion, taking the NPS/Kilmannon Stud M&M In-Hand Silver Medal rosette and again demonstrating the high standard of mares forward.
Relative newcomer on the ridden scene but clearly one to be reckoned with, Feldons Red Kite, a 6-year-old gelding by Moortown Crusader out of Shilstone Rocks Meadow Sweet and ridden by Lauren Brill, was Supreme Ridden Champion, gaining the NPS/Standing at Stud and Show Team Ridden Silver Medal Rosette. He is owned by Samantha Walker and was bred by Susan Williams. Reserve Ridden Champion was Newoak Cherry, owned by Mrs Emma Lerwill and ridden by Marina Greenaway.
Cherry has been ‘flying the flag’ for the breed for several years, including as a successful lead rein pony with Emma’s daughter Jessica and being the Dartmoor Pony Society breed representative at HOYS (Horse Of the Year Show) one year where she was a great hit with all the visitors!
Andrew Belcher, Show Chairman, thanked the sponsors and acknowledged the effort put in by both the organisers and exhibitors to ensure that the show could actually take place, given the challenging 18 months of restricted outings for ponies: “Our aim is not only to recognise some of the best ponies and their breeders, but also to encourage amateur exhibitors and children to take part. Our Supreme Champion is an exceptional mare but our judges commented that they were presented with some excellent ponies – and some lovely young riders and handlers – throughout the day. That’s what it is all about.”