Dales Pony festival combines two shows in Richmond
TWO pony shows were held side by side this weekend.
The Dales Pony Society’s annual spring and stallion shows were held at the Richmond Equestrian Center on Saturday, after previous events were canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A total of 46 classes spread over four rings included all spring and festival performance classes.
Highlights included Lynda Johnson with Charlie stable name Tarbarl Hogmanay, who won the preliminary and novice dressage classes to qualify for the Horse of the Year Show and the NPS Dressage finals in 2022.
The hotly contested spring show in manual classes produced fine examples of the breed.
Kate Wilson’s Carrock Fashion took first place in the A youngstock hand section and the stash went to J Pennell’s Nipna Polly.
Senior mare winner Westwick Polly of David Eccles was also the overall champion in hand with the second mare in the senior mare class Everett Hayes and Sarah Nobles’ Stuffynwood Beauty’s Magic in reserve.
Both ponies were shown by junior family members – David Eccles’ daughter Emma looking after Westwick Polly and Stuffynwood Beauty’s Magic shown by Everett Hayes son Jim.
Show secretary RenÃ© Bradley said: “These two youngsters are really a piece of the old block – move on the dads while the kids take over.”
She added: âWe would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our judges, commissioners and officials for all their hard work before and during the event.
âThe Richmond Riding Center was a great venue, and we hope to come back next year for the 2022 Festival.
âThe weather was good with us and everyone seemed to be smiling and happy to finally be back doing what they love, so now it’s time for the Summer Breed Show on August 7th at Streatlam near Barnard Castle, when we hope that any pandemic the restrictions are finally lifted and we can get back to normal.