Our Native Pony South West advent calendar is an Olympia Countdown. Every day in December we will be featuring one pony that has qualified for Olympia for the BSPS M&M Supreme on Sunday 22nd. Happy December!
Marleydenes Shiraz – 8 year old, New Forest gelding
Sire: Applewitch Pure Magic
- 1st & Champion at Royal Windsor – Olympia Qualified
- 1st at Three Counties Show – HOYS Qualified
- 1st at Royal Bath and West
- 1st, NFU Ridden Final at NPS Champs
- 3rd at Horse of the Year Show
Marley is owned by Alex Hawkins who will be riding him at Olympia. This is Alex’s qualifying story…
Marleydenes Shiraz is an 8yr old Bay Roan New Forest Gelding by Applewitch Pure Magic. Royal Windsor was one of those days I will never forget. Marley “had gone to boarding school with Mathew Lawrence and Mark Northam in April, and this was his first outing of the year on the flat. It was also the first time Mathew had ridden him in the ring! What a debut! He also became the first and only new forest to qualify directly since the new system was introduced. It has fulfilled a life long ambition of mine to qualify a pony for Olympia, and still can’t believe he did it – and at Windsor of all places! His amazing run of results continued with a win at 3 counties, qualifying him for HOYS, again fulfilling another of my long term ambitions, and was 3rd in the final. He also won at Bath and West, completing a hat trick of Royal Shows and the NFU Mutual Ridden at the NPS Champs. This has been a season to never forget, and I still can’t believe I’ll be riding in the Great Hall in under 3 weeks!
NPSW would like to wish Alex and Marley the best of luck at Olympia.