Great British In-Hand Show: Final foray for influential stallion

A top in-hand pony enjoys one last centre-line moment during the evening performance supreme at the National Pony Society (NPS) Great British In-Hand Show at Kelsall Hill EC in Cheshire

Paddock Rio

IT was a momentous day for the world of in-hand showing, as the prolific Welsh section B stallion Paddock Rio bowed out from the show ring after clinching the supreme pony/horse of the year accolade at the inaugural Great British In-Hand Show, hosted by the National Pony Society (NPS). Owned by Lynne Wilson of the […]

Road to HOYS: Rider and her home-produced mare overcome freak collecting ring accident to qualify after a three year hiatus

Milford Fair Breeze and Rowen Hilton are off to HOYS

After a freak accident over three years ago at Lincolnshire County show, show rider Rowen Hilton never considered she would be riding her mare of a lifetime, Milford Fair Breeze (Breeze), at the 2021 Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). But after qualifying and standing section champion at Stoneleigh Horse Show last month, home-producer Rowen […]

‘I qualified on a second at Lincoln County’: top showman Robert Walker on his first ride at HOYS aged 16

Robert Walker at HOYS in 2008
Robert Walker on one of his HOYS winners So Smart II in 2008

With Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) just around the corner, showing producer Robert Walker took some time out of his busy schedule to chat to H&H’s showing editor Alex Robinson about his early memories of the famous show on episode 69 of The Horse & Hound podcast. Robert’s first ever ride at HOYS was […]

‘She really held her own today’: New Zealand rider tops final championship of the show on mare she found by chance

Koko II and Sarah Wilkinson win the Elementary Gold at the National Dressage Championships

The final competition of the Lemieux National Dressage Championships, the Equitop Elementary Gold Championship, enabled Sarah Wilkinson and six-year-old Koko II (Desperado x Johnson) to advance on their bridesmaid position achieved in the TopSpec advanced medium gold the day before. Their score of 74.813% put them into poll position, piping advanced medium gold winners, Becky […]

‘I’m lost for words, as the warm-up was awful’: ‘Sharp’ mare gets it together in the arena to scoop medium silver honours

Jade Clark and Jemimah HH win the medium silver at the National Dressage Championships

It was a tortuous five hours for the eventual winner of the TopSpec Medium Silver Championship at the Lemieux National Dressage Championships. Carl Hester’s pupil Jade Clark performed her test and went into the lead at 11am but had to wait until just past 4pm to find out if she’d held onto the top spot, […]

‘It’s nice to back on home ground’: Junior European medalist lands top two spots in under 21 championship

Annabella Pidgley lands first and second in the under-21s championship at the National Dressage Championships

Junior European medalist Annabella Pidgley achieved a stunning one-two in the British Dressage Under 21 Championship at the Lemieux National Dressage Championships. Her winning ride, finishing on a total of 75.657%, was the exceptional Chestnut Sultan Des Paluds. Annabella, 16, and Sultan — the silver medal winner at the 2017 World Young Horse Championships — […]