HOYS Showing: Sunday

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HOYS Showing: Sunday
Katie Jerram wins the supreme championship with ladies’ hunter champion Dunbeacon
All the week’s showing classes culminated in supreme championships for both horses and ponies on Sunday night at HOYS.
The horses were first into the ring and, although they all performed superbly, judges Graham and Tina Fletcher had no doubt in calling forward the ladies’ hunter champion Dunbeacon, beautifully ridden by Katie Jerram.
Despite her celebrity status in the showing world, this was a first ever supreme here for the Essex-based producer and Katie’s joy was evident during her lap of honour on the Irish-bred son of Abdullah who also enjoyed his moment in the spotlight.
With so many sizes and types forward, the Fletchers had an equally hard task to choose the pony supreme. This eventually went to the charming lead-rein SHP champion, the chesnut Charn Secret Legend, who never put a foot wrong for young rider Abbie Farmer.
Earlier in the day, the champion and reserve in the Blundell Family Riding Horse of the Year came from the large division. Vanessa Ramm took the title home to Northumberland with her 12-year-old Sirius, with Katie Jerram in reserve on The Queen’s Petition.
All the Underwood Working Hunter Pony classes were packed with quality and produced worthy winners. There was a popular champion, too, as Scottish supporters raised the roof when the 158cm winners, Caroline Brewster and Freckleton Maximus, were called forward to receive the tricolour.
The 2010 Sandal BMW Mini Pony of the Year came from the first ridden class. The mare Copybush Moon Sprite may be only five, but she belied her years to carry Nicole Bowen to the championship.
As in 2009, the Clayton Transport Shire Horse title went to a mare. This year’s champion was the Norfolk-based Banham family’s home-bred Acle Sabrina, led by Tony Brown.