Organisers and competitors were blessed with sunshine and blue skies at Resparveth Equestrian Centre for the Cornwall TREC Group’s Open Easter Show. The venue lent itself well to this new show with plenty of hard standing parking, all weather surfaces both indoor and outdoors and a large warm up arena. Cornwall TREC connected with Native Pony Sou’West and the Cornish Arabian Group to lay on an extravaganza day with showing classes both in-hand and under saddle for every type of horse and pony. Specialist sections were provided for native ponies, Arabians and given it is the start of the season, seven novice ridden classes. Considering how people have been demanding an early show with a good range of classes, well organised with experienced judges, the take up was mixed with the most popular sections being the M&M riddens and the open afternoon ridden section.
The supreme championship was a tough call and although many of the champions and reserves did not come forward, there was no shortage of ponies or indeed quality. Judges, Julian Westcott and Heather Banbury took little time in selecting Alice Pike’s beautiful Dartmoor pony that stood M&M ridden champion, Newoak Albertine with his delighted young rider Minnie Connabear. Mr Westcott commented, “it was not only lovely seeing the pony go so well, but he was also such a genuine child’s pony with a divine temperament; he just made me smile”. The reserve supreme was awarded to Emma Devey’s latest acquisition, Ashmeadow Adelle, a yearling filly who was a Christmas gift from her partner, Graham Bunney. The judge, Mrs Banbury, commented, “She was a lovely fronted filly with a very pretty head and a large, kind eye. Despite her young age she remained fresh and moved well in the Supreme Championship to have the edge over the competition.” The supreme of show was kindly sponsored by Robert Day of www.RockstarBodies.co.uk, who was able to award the sashes to the winners, expressed it was lovely to be able to support events like this and he’d very much enjoyed his day out.
Judged by Kathryn Pitt of the Chycoose Stud, the first championship of the day came from the Best Combination Section with the Fell pony Brackenthwaite Spirit, ridden by Storm Cockroft standing champion and Alexander Mann standing reserve with Missy. The novice section was surprisingly quiet given the time of the year, but it did not lack quality which was clearly reflected in the choices for the championship, Ross Gilmour rode Tinker to take the title following a win in the first ridden class and taking his second reserve championship of the day was Alexander Mann and Missy. In this same ring, the open ridden section was won by the lovely grey cob, Lord Brocket who gave a foot perfect performance to secure the championship. Lord Brocket is both owned and ridden by Rachel Gardiner and the pair regularly compete at this venue in dressage.
The show played host to Native Pony Sou’West classes and the mountain and moorland in-hand entries were thin on the ground but the very worthy champion, Debbie Walters’ young Fell mare, Tredellans Petal, bred by the late Barbara Hall, continued to spread the success from this Cornish Fell pony herd which is now owned by her widower, Doug. Reserve champion was the yearling filly Ashmeadow Adelle who went on to stand reserve Supreme. The ridden mountain and moorland classes were started after lunch with exceptional entries in the novice ridden class meaning it had to be split into those 13.2hh and under and those over 13.2hh and overall a very good turnout. The champion from this section came from the leading rein class and went on to stand supreme with the reserve champion coming from the open ridden large breeds; Glenmore Gwennic, a novice 6 year old Connemara gelding, recently imported from Ireland and now owned and ridden by Sophie James.
The show also joined forces with the Cornish Arabian Group, who in spite of hosting six classes and two championships for Arabian horses and their part-breds, only managed to have two entries. Sue Little travelled from St Neot to judge the two ponies, both in the in-hand section and commented on her 17 year old champion, Oryons Prince, owned and bred by Mr & Mrs JM Parfitt as being “in fantastic shape for his age and exhibiting the true qualities of an Arabian”. The reserve champion was awarded to Verity Chalmers’ Hanepie Magic Masimo, winner of the 2/3 year old Pure-bred Arabian class.
The open in-hand classes saw Andrea Hill’s homebred yearling, Cowance Dancing in the Dark secure the championship under the careful eyes of Heather Banbury with the coloured Shetland pony, owned and handled by William Merrell, Tegen Diamond, standing reserve champion.
Show organisers chose to expand upon the traditional ‘riding club horse’ class to give a lunchtime special which saw the main arena divided into two parts, with TREC obstacles in one half and two jumps in the other. Competitors were awarded points by Cathy Craddock from Cornwall TREC Group according to the BHS TREC rules in the first section and then judged by Verity Perry of Rosevidney who assessed competitors on their style of jumping over the two jumps and on some set features that they must incorporate into their flatwork. The class was sponsored by Lanwarnick Vean Native Ponies who also donated sashes to both the winner and the highest placed native pony. The winner, Lucy Booth riding the lovely New Forest gelding, Willoway Harrison, won the class with a 6 point lead and was duly presented with both of the sashes. Feedback from competitors was excellent with the original class drawing an impressive crowd and it is hoped this idea of competition will be expanded upon in the future.
The show was a first time venture for Cornwall TREC Group as they have never undertaken a show of this nature before. Show organiser, Jenna Payne, from Native Pony Sou’West said she “was delighted with day and I could not have done it without the tremendous support team that worked tirelessly all day to ensure the show’s success. It was most pleasing to see so many competitors with smiles, genuinely enjoying their day out.” Cornwall TREC committee member, Jamie-Lee Ball commented: “It was an amazing experience given it was a first ever ridden show for Cornwall TREC and everything went as planned; I just hope the riders and horses where as happy as we were at the end of the day.”