Lead Rein Show Hunter Pony Takes Champion of Champions
The crowds turned out in great numbers for the final evening performance at Equifest and the TopSpec Arena was bursting at the seams with a fantastic atmosphere.
Getting the championship classes underway was the Cavernoma Alliance UK M&M Lead Rein Championship, full of talented young jockeys and endearing ponies. Panty Coed Little Owl ridden by Isobel Gibbons came out on top after a charming performance.
The first ridden equivalent followed, where Charlotte Kilbey riding Idyllic Spartacus claimed the Nathan Arnold Show Team First Ridden Championship.
The driving section provided a great crowd pleaser for spectators, who watched Horsmems Momentum, driven by Mandy Burdick, claim the title.
In his last year in Intermediate classes, Craig Kiddier and the 10-year-old Cuinnegan Steady Eddy triumped in the Carrs BMW Intermediate Championship.
There was great competition in the John Paton Junior Ridden M&M Championship, which resulted in Jess Mathieson riding Buster Boy being crowned the champion.
Rebecca Cross and the 11-year-old Miracle Mickey then went on to win the Haynes Family Supreme Leading Rider Championship judged by Julie Templeton.
The very eye-catching Adult and Child pairs went to Mabel and Charlotte Mercer with with their lovely pair of greys taking the Concours D’Elegance Championship title.
Crowds were then treated to a Dales Pony Society Centenary Musical Display which caught their imagination in this 100 year celebratory presentation of the versatile breed.
The popular Smith, Parkinson & Humphrey Supreme Riding Club/Pony Club Championship was awarded to the stunning grey Zatopek ridden by Stephen Hannell, who was overjoyed with the win.
Just after 8pm the PRP/RSPCA Rescue Horse/Pony Championship took to the arena with some eye-watering stories which thankfully had resulted in very happy endings. This was duly won by the young pony, RS Felledge Elsa handled by Lisa Paulin.
The BRHHS Ridden Heavy Horse title was taken by a very excited Sarah Bardwell and Horsemans Ace Card, a real crowd pleaser these magnigficent horses made the most of their gallop in the TopSpec Arena.
The Bell Family Supreme Rare Breeds horse or pony of UK Championship was taken by Connemara Bally Lee Night Cruiser ridden by Vanessa Crompton.
The Nupafeed Ridden Cob Championship proved as popular as ever with Anna White riding the Maxi Cob, Jimmy Choo heading the honours while the Shoe4u.co.uk Intermediate Show Hunter Type Championship went to the stunning Egyptian Cotton and Abi Haines.
All home-produced winners competed in The Snow Family Supreme Home- Produced Championship, to determine the overall winner. This title was claimed by Colour Me Bad ridden by Hannah Miller-Burton.
The Show Hunter Pony Lead Rein Champion Gryngallt Picture Frame ridden by Eugenie Godfrey Faussett went on to take the Kouros Stud Supreme Non M&M Championship after a dazzling performance while the Team Barbie Show Production Supreme M&M Championship was awarded to Charlotte Kilbey riding Idyllic Spartacus.
The pinnacle of the Equifest competition rounded up proceedings in the form of the Horse Bit Shop Champion of Champions. This top accolade provided a brilliant display of horsemanship, with Eugenie Godfrey Faussett and the handsome Gryngallt Picture Frame, called forward as the overall champion. The liver chestnut pony was foot perfect throughout with extra sparkle to wow the judge and crowd.
Show secretary, Betsy Branyan, commented: “Equifest 2016 has been incredible, the standard has been so high, we hope everyone has enjoyed the event and look forward to next year.”