Horse of the Year Show is one of the glittering highlights of the showing calendar. With limited qualifiers available across the summer season, the competition is seriously hot, but the following Exmoor ponies have wowed the judges and gained themselves a golden ticket to the Birmingham NEC.
Warrenmere Woodcock 462/1
Frithesden Lysander x Barlavington Wagtail
2008. Stallion. Owned by Mary Rose. Bryant. Bred by Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Ridden by Elizabeth Etchells. Qualified for the M&M Open Riddens at the NPS Summer Championships.
Heathpool Pentland x Bella
2002. Gelding. Owned by Jacqueline Wharton. Bred by Miss A Downing. Ridden by Elizabeth Etchells. Qualified for the Under 133cm M&M Working Hunter Pony Finals at the NCPA Staffordshire County Festival.
Barhill Marigold 332/4
Shandyman II x Rosefinch
2006. Mare. Owned by Juliet Rogers. Bred by Mrs V Sherwin. Ridden by Gail Whetter and has qualified for both the Open Ridden Final (Stoneleigh Horse Show) AND the Under 122cm M&M Working Hunter Pony Final (Suffolk Show).
Eddra Chillies 21/83
Inca Dove x Frappe
2005. Gelding. Owned by Chris Phillips. Ridden by Serena Raferty. Qualified for the M&M Open Riddens at the Exmoor Pony Breed Show.
Dunkery Wigeon 78/158
Dunkery Godwit x Dunkery Corn Bunting
2008. Stallion. Owned by Maureen Richardson, bred by The Late Wendy Vint & ridden by Hayley Reynolds. Qualified for the M&M Open Riddens at the Royal Highland Show.
Edwinsfield Nocturne 425/1
Waltersgay Nightingale x Dunkery Nightingale. 2006. Gelding. Owned by Yolande Jarvis. Bred by Mr & Mrs AH Woodward. Ridden by Lauren Brill. Qualified for the M&M Open Riddens at NCPA Staffordshire Country Festival.