The crowds turned out in great numbers for the final evening performance at Equifest. The performances have certainly not disappointed and tonight the TopSpec arena was bursting with an electric atmosphere.
Getting the championship classes underway this evening was the Equifest M&M Lead Rein Championship, full of talented young jockeys and endearing ponies. Mynyddtarren Hugo ridden by Lewis Reynolds came out on top after a charming performance. Six-year-old Lewis then went on to win the Haynes Family Supreme Leading Rider Championship.
The first ridden equivalent followed, where Charlotte Kilbey riding Idyllic Spartacus claimed the Equifest M&M First Ridden Championship. Idyllic Spartacus then went on to take the Horsebound Supreme M&M Championship after a dazzling performance.
The Nupafeed Ridden Cob Championship was awarded to Moortown May ridden by Lucinda Tann.
Equifest Intermediate Show Hunter Type was won by nine-year-old bay mare, Pebbly Editor, and Emma Jones.
The driving championships provided a great crowd pleaser for spectators, who watched Brynllwyn Quick Flash, driven by Debbie Charlesworth, claim the title.
BRHHS Ridden Heavy Horse title was taken by Catwg Black Velvet and Stacy Fletcher.
There was great competition in the Equifest Junior Ridden M&M Championship, which resulted in Josh Blythe riding Caebryn Azra being crowned champion.
Equifest Intermediate Show Riding Type Championship went to the stunning Fyrefly and Zoe Nicoll. Zoe Nicoll was then thrilled to take the title of Supreme Non-Native Champion.
Just after 8pm the PRP/RSPCA Rescue Horse/Pony Championship took to the arena with some terribly cruel stories, resulting in very happy endings, which had the audience in tears. This was duly won by Gizmo owned by Catley Cross Veterinary Clinic in Halstead.
Congratulations to Melissa Briggs riding Shalamar Legend and her partner, Georgie Kirk, on winning the Native/Traditional Pairs.
The popular Supreme Riding Club/Pony Club Points Championship was awarded to Gwithian Geraint ridden by Emmy Parkhouse.
Joanne Eldridge and Cayak took the Concours D’Elegance (Rider – 17 years and over) title.
All home-produced winners competed in The Snow Family Supreme Home- Produced Championship, to determine the overall winner. This title was claimed by Yealand Paschel ridden by Savannah Kempley, who had previously won the Novice Championship on the Thursday evening.
The pinnacle of the Equifest competition rounded up proceedings in the form of the Miss Katie Goulding’s Champion of Champions. This top accolade provided a brilliant display of horsemanship, with Zoe Moore-Williams and the handsome black Maxi Cob, Mr Belstaff, called forward as the overall champion. The outstanding six- year-old, who had previously won the Restricted Championship, was foot perfect throughout with extra sparkle to wow the judges and crowd.
Show secretary, Betsy Branyan, commented: “Equifest 2015 has been incredible, the standard has been so high, we hope everyone has enjoyed the event and look forward to next year.”