Posted on Monday, September 9, 2013 by Heather Dodd
Warwickshire Hunt Pony Clubs junior team have been crowned National Junior Mounted Games Champions and the senior team have qualified for Horse of The Year Show 9th – 13th October at Birmingham’s NEC.
The junior team consisting Charlie Yates from Sibford Gower, Millie Scott from Deddington, Chloe Woodley from Clifford Chambers, Katie Tuttiett from Kineton and Isla Holman-West from Atherstone on Stour competed against the best 24 junior teams in the country at the Junior Championships on Friday 16th August. The team rode fantastically well in both the morning heats and then the Champions final to win an exciting contest and finish 4 points ahead of their nearest rivals to take the crown of National Junior Champions and the title of the best junior team in the country!!
On to Sunday 18th August the Warwickshire Senior A team (pictured) of Astrid Straume-Brown from North Newington, Isabella Holman-West from Atherstone on Stour, Kieran Tuttiett from Stretton on Dunsmore, Jess Wild from Lower Tadmarton and Isobel Yates from Sibford Gower competed for a coveted place in the Horse of the Year Show in the 15 team Senior Runners Up competition for teams who have not been to HOYS in the last 10 years.
The team have had an excellent year winning several prestigious competitions including the Royal Bath & West and the New Forest Show, and had prepared well and even had a team talk with Kate Allenby, Olympic Bronze medallist and Pony Club Head Mentor the evening before.
There were some anxious moments and close competition in the final but the team held their nerve and won, beating teams from Wales and Northern Ireland into 2nd and 3rd place.
The win for the seniors to compete for the Prince Philip Cup at this year’s Horse of The Year Show is a huge achievement as Warwickshire Hunt has never competed at HOYS before, and is the culmination of 5 + years hard work and commitment by all concerned, including Zack Mallalieu of Epwell the 6th team member. Not only that, but the double is a huge accolade for the club and the first time it has been achieved!
The focus now is to train hard before the event takes place in early October, and most of all to fundraise the £10k that is needed to cover the essential entry, stabling and other costs that will enable the team to represent Warwickshire at HOYS. Donating by Just Giving is easy and they will automatically pass on the money raised to Warwickshire Hunt Pony Club, and claim an extra 25% Gift Aid on every eligible donation. http://www.justgiving.com/WHPCHOYSteam.
Your support and generosity is very much appreciated – THANK YOU!