Alice and Vegas
2013 has been a good showing season for local rider Alice Pimbley. The pony, Thistledown Las Vegas, has qualified for the Royal International Horse Show and HOYS this year in the Show Hunter Pony class. Alice is 9 years old and it is her first season of riding at this level.
Send us your pictures and information of anybody else who has qualified and you think they deserve a mention.
Get yourselves down to Aintree Equestrian Centre, on 24th and 25th November for a show with a difference. Not only is there a £1000 prize to Supreme Champion as well as rosettes to 6th place in all classes, there are also beautiful sashes to section Championship and Supreme winners and Reserves. It’s a family orientated show with a party atmosphere and an emphasis on fun, with classes for all levels and something for everyone, horses and ponies. There are classes for disabled riders and nervous riders, ridden and in hand rescue classes, with an evening performance, starting off with Concours d’Elegance and Pairs classes. Pre Entry fees are £12 per class (closing date 17th November) or £15 on the day – schedule and entry forms available online. Contact 07775 260 890 for more information and check out the website www.supremeshowdown.co.uk
This has become a very popular showing class. It is open to thoroughbreds that have raced and been re-educated and that are registered with Wetherbys. SEIB sponsor competitions for eligible thoroughbreds – HOYS Show Championship. This is a class judged as a riding horse class where the first 2 qualify for HOYS. They also sponsor Search for a Star, again a showing class that is a HOYS qualifier and Osbaldeston (Ross’) hold qualifiers for this. The charity RoR (Retraining of Racehorses) together with SEIB are also sponsoring competitions for ex-racehorses in other disciplines, such as showjumping, dressage, eventing and endurance to give these horses a chance to compete in something other than showing. Check out our Equestrian Associations section at the top and take a look at the Retraining of Racehorses and Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre links.
Now that the summer showing season has finished, horses are put out to rest or “roughed off”. However, the showing season is endless and you can continue where you left off, on the winter circuit. We will post details of local events and shows so that anyone interested can see whats on where.
The winter circuit is ideal for starting novices preparing ready for next years qualifiers. If you haven’t done any showing before, now is the ideal time to start. There are various unaffiliated shows on locally which may even tempt you to become affiliated to one of the showing societies. Whether you have a mountain & moorland, coloured or a show horse or pony, there is a society to show under. Maybe even try some side saddle ?